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IBS Revolutionises Car Manufacturing with New Real-Time Location Identification System (LIS)


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Hoehr-Grenzhausen (euro adhoc) - IBS Revolutionises Car Manufacturing with New
Real-Time Location Identification System (LIS)

Höhr-Grenzhausen, 29th September 2011 - A new agreement between BMW, IBS and
Ubisense extending the deployment of the real-time location identification
system (LIS) across the global vehicle manufacturing facilities of BMW. The LIS
system comprises the IBS communication platform and Ubisense identification
tags.

Under the contract, IBS and its software partner Ubisense will expand the LIS
roll-out that is already delivering significant productivity improvements at two
of BMW's eight vehicle assembly plants. The solution will be implemented at
three additional BMW assembly lines in Asia, Europe and the United States over
the next nine months.

The LIS integrated RTLS-based solution, specially developed for BMW combines
best-in-class ultra-wideband radio tags and sensors with advanced quality
management and traceability software, bringing the production process a step
closer to Six Sigma and the vision of complete traceability. The technology
tracks individual vehicles through on-line and off-line final assembly. It
determines the identity and location of each car in the assembly facility and,
based on the proximity of the vehicles to both fixed and mobile equipment such
as tools and scanners, programs and controls the devices. Delivering
unprecedented levels of accuracy and reliability for an RTLS-based solution, the
system improves quality and enables line operatives to work more efficiently,
achieving time-saving, process safeguarding, Zero Defects and cost reduction.

In 2008 Ubisense and IBS deployed LIS on a 1.8 km long assembly line at BMW's
Regensburg plant in Germany. In 2010, LIS went live on the new X3 assembly line
at BMW Spartanburg in South Carolina, U.S.A. - home to the company's SUV range.
With both installations the solution will now be deployed in 2011 at plants in
Shenyang, China; on the X5 and X6 production line in Spartanburg; and at the
dedicated Mini plant in Oxford, U.K.

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How the technology works: Vehicle assembly is a complex process - particularly
at plants where different models are manufactured on the same line. At BMW
Regensburg, Series 1 and Series 3 vehicles are assembled alongside Z4 Roadsters.
With each model built to exact customer specifications and travelling along the
production line, more or less in the order of purchase, assembly line operatives
have to identify the next vehicle at their station quickly and accurately in
order to select the right component or tool setting and complete the work
necessary in the seconds they have available.

Previously, operatives identified vehicles using hand-held scanners and paper
barcode labels, which were attached to the bonnet of each car. They then had to
take their DC tool to the correct location on the vehicle and wait for the
correct settings to load before starting work - a time-consuming process in a
manufacturing environment where every second counts. 

Working with BMW, IBS and Ubisense have automated this process within the BMW IT
environment, shaving valuable seconds off assembly line operations. The RTLS
tags now replace the barcodes on car bonnets and have been fixed to Direct
Current (DC) programmable tools. As the cars move through the plant, the tags
communicate their location via ultra-wide band radio to sensors located along
the production line. The sensors instantly relay this data via a local area
network (LAN) to LIS, which is integrated with the BMW IT environment. Running
under SAP, the BMW IT environment comprises the so-called "communication
machine" (KM), the Integrated Production System (IPS) and the Automotive
Production System (APS). LIS determines when the tools enter the pre-defined
work zones around each moving vehicle, identifying the vehicle and generating a
"positive event". This prompts the APS to automatically load the correct
vehicle-specific program to the operative's tool so the next job can be
performed.

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"The Location Information System (LIS) developed and standardised by IBS - along
with BMW and Ubisense - is unique worldwide. The tool presents us with a vital
unique selling point. We are absolutely delighted that BMW AG has now decided in
favour of a solution roll-out at further production plants in Asia, Europe and
in the USA.", says Dr. Klaus-Juergen Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer of IBS
AG."

Richard Green, CEO of Ubisense, said: "Extending our agreement is a major
endorsement of the Ubisense solution, demonstrating the quality improvements as
well as time and cost savings it can deliver. Working with IBS, we are delighted
to have forged a long-term partnership with BMW and look forward to working with
the company to drive forward new efficiencies at its global manufacturing
sites."


About IBS:
IBS AG, Hoehr-Grenzhausen, is a leading supplier of cross-company standard
software systems and consulting services for industrial quality, production,
traceability and compliance management. In keeping with the Company philosophy
"The Productivity Advantage", IBS AG´s Best Practice solutions achieve a
sustainable increase in corporate productivity. IBS customers receive the
support of a team of experienced consultants and specialists throughout each
phase of the project and beyond. Founded in 1982, IBS AG employs approximately
200 personnel in Europe and the USA. 

The Company is listed in the Prime Standard of the German Stock Exchange in
Frankfurt/Main (ISIN DE0006228406) and is also member of the GEX-German
Entrepreneurial Index.

IBS AG software installations amount to over 4,000 worldwide and can be found at
companies such as Audi, Beam Global, BMW, BorgWarner, BOSCH, Caterpillar,
Daimler, Electronic Networks, FCI Automotive, Kimberly Clark, KEIPER, Liebherr,
Magna Automotive, Kautex Textron, Parker Hannifin, Procter & Gamble, Rock Tenn,
Porsche, Siemens, SMA Solar Technology, ThyssenKrupp and W.L. Gore.


Further inquiry note:
Contact details:
Stefan Ströder
Public Relations
IBS AG
THE PRODUCTIVITY ADVANTAGE
excellence, collaboration, manufacturing
Rathausstr. 56
56203 Höhr-Grenzhausen 
GERMANY

Phone: +49 2624 9180-475
Fax:      +49 2624 9180-670
Mobil:   +49 1511 4024-253
Videokonferenz:  +49 2624 9434210

Email:Stefan.Stroeder@ibs-ag.de
Web:  http://www.ibs-ag.de

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