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Ubisense joins forces with lean management consultancy Iter Consult

Cambridge, UK – November 15, 2011: Ubisense (AIM: UBI), the Cambridge-based company that helps global manufacturers control and monitor processes using location-based solutions, has joined forces with international lean management experts, Iter Consult.

In a mutually beneficial working arrangement, the two companies will share their respective skills in precise location solutions and lean management consultancy to help companies of all sizes simplify business operations, increase efficiencies and eliminate waste, for a smarter workflow.

From its offices in France, Germany and Slovakia, Iter Consult implements business transformation programmes for some of the world’s leading commercial organisations.  Providing strategic advice on how to improve performance – in a measurable, sustainable way – it applies lean-manufacturing principles to customer challenges and recommends the use of best-in-class asset tracking and supply chain management tools that can help improve process monitoring, productivity and output quality. Iter Consult customers include Audi, Renault, Bosch, Continental, ABB, Siemens, Bayer, Syngenta, Heineken and Whirlpool.

Ubisense – which floated on the UK Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in June 2011 – has developed a suite of location-driven manufacturing solutions based on precise ultra-wideband (UWB) real-time location system (RTLS) technology. The company’s wireless tags and sensors work alongside complimentary software applications, providing unprecedented visibility of and control over items moving through production and assembly processes. Ubisense solutions can help assist companies in the quest for lean manufacturing by:

  • automatically recording kaizen[1] events to support continuous improvement initiatives
  • automatically enabling and disabling tools for quality assurance and error proofing
  • providing real-time alerts when processes deviate from plan
  • recording activities over time to help identify and remove bottlenecks
  • reducing the amount of time spent searching for misplaced items, components or tools.

Ubisense solutions are used across a range of different industries and are widely adopted in the automotive sector, where the principles of lean manufacturing first originated. Customers include Aston Martin, Airbus, BMW, Caterpillar, Boeing, Fiat, General Motors, Honda and Cummins.

Arnaud Martin, Country Manager for Ubisense in France, said: “Ubisense and Iter Consult have an enviable list of customer references – including some of the world’s leading brands. Joining forces we have created a powerful proposition for these companies, bringing together the very best in lean management consulting and location-based manufacturing solutions. Pooling our expertise we can offer our respective customers the complete lean management package, spanning strategic advice, change management and the implementation of proven products that can make a real difference to a company’s operational performance, and ultimately its bottom line.”

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Footnote: [1] Kaizan is Japanese for "improvement", or "change for the better". It refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, game development, and business management.

Released: 15 November 2011

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