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TURBOVAUHDILLA KANSAINVÄLISEKSI

Author Jessica Säilä Written 19.10.2017 in category Press Release,Vilant News

 

 

SAKSALAINEN TURCK HANKKII ENEMMISTÖOSAKKUUDEN VILANT SYSTEMSISTÄ

RFID; Vilant; Turck; Antti Virkkunen; Ville Kauppinen; Christian Wolf

Christian Wolf, Turckin toimitusjohtaja sekä Antti Virkkunen ja Ville Kauppinen, Vilantin perustajat

Teollisuusautomation erikoisosaaja laajentaa portfoliotaan kattamaan sovellukset, järjestelmät sekä palveluliiketoiminnan.

Espoo, 19.7.2017

 

Saksalainen perheomisteinen teollisuusautomaatiokonserni Turck on hankkinut osake-enemmistön suomalaisesta järjestelmäkumppanistaan Vilant Systems:istä. Vilant Systems on Turck-konsernin tytäryhtiö ja vaihtaa 2018 nimekseen Turck Vilant Systems. Yrityskauppa tukee Turckille tärkeää Industry 4.0. sekä Teollisen Internetin strategiaa, ja vahvistaa sen kyvykkyyttä sovellus-, järjestelmä- sekä palvelutuottajana.

“Erinomaisten laitteistojen lisäksi asiakkaamme vaativat myös yhä enenevissä määrin kokonaistoimituksia, joihin kuuluvat sovellukset, järjestelmät sekä huolto. Näin varsinkin RFID liiketoiminnassamme” kertoo Christian Wolf, Turckin toimitusjohtaja.

 

“Vilantin kokeneet asiantuntijat ja innovatiiviset ohjelmistotuotteet auttavat meitä täyttämään tämän markkinatarpeen paremmin ja tukemaan nykyisiä asiakkaitamme heidän matkallaan kohti Industry 4.0:aa. Olemme erityisen innoissamme voidessamme toivottaa koko Vilantin noin 50 henkilön tiimin joukkoomme.” Vilantin perustajat Ville Kauppinen ja Antti Virkkunen (joiden nimistä Vil-Ant) jatkavat yrityksen osakkaina sekä Turck Vilant Systems yhtiöiden toimitusjohtajina.

 

Vilantin maayhtiöt Suomessa, Ruotsissa, Saksassa ja Sveitsissä ovat viimeisen 15 vuoden aikana toimittaneet yli 1000 avaimet-käteen RFID järjestelmää 35 eri maahan. Vilant onkin maailman johtavia teollisuuden ja logistiikan RFID-järjestelmätoimittajia.

”Tämä oli meille ennen kaikkea strateginen valinta. Etsimme järjestelmällisesti uutta vaihdetta sinällään jo menestyksekkääseen kansainvälistymiseemme” sanoo Ville Kauppinen. ”Turckin kanssa voimme jatkaa liiketoimintaamme normaalisti ja saksalaisen perheyhtiön kanssa on jämäkkää toimia. Turckin omat RFID laitteet ja 28 maayhtiön 1500 myyjän vahvuinen globaali myyntikanava tarjoavat meille etsimämme turboahtimen Suomessa kehittämiemme ohjelmisto- ja järjestelmätuotteiden viennin kasvattamiseksi.

Turck Vilant Systems

 

LEHDISTÖKONTAKTIT

TURCK (englanniksi)

Klaus Albers
Head of Marketing Services & Public Relations
Puhelin: +49 160 93950359
Sähköposti: klaus.albers@turck.com
Web: www.turck.de/presse

TURCK VILANT SYSTEMS

Jessica Säilä
Marketing Manager
Puhelin: +358 40 537 8360
Sähköposti: jessica.saila@turckvilant.com

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TURBOCHARGED RFID INTERNATIONALIZATION

Author Jessica Säilä Written 19.10.2017 in category Press Release,Vilant News

 

 

RFID; Vilant; Turck; Antti Virkkunen; Ville Kauppinen; Christian Wolf

Christian Wolf, CEO of Turck, Antti Virkkunen and Ville Kauppinen, the two founding partners of Vilant

VILANT IS NOW PART OF TURCK GROUP

Automation specialist expands its portfolio to enhance software, systems and services business

Espoo, October 19, 2017

 

Turck has acquired the majority of the shares of its current RFID turnkey solution partner Vilant Systems based in Espoo, Finland. The company is now part of the Turck Group. After completion of the transition process in January 2018, the new company name will be Turck Vilant Systems. With this transaction Turck is strengthening its commitment to software, systems and services, which is of high strategic importance in terms of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.

“Our customers require not only excellent hardware products, but more and more complete system solutions including software, integration and maintenance services, especially in the RFID business”, says Christian Wolf, Managing Director of Turck.

“With the experienced specialists from Vilant, we are now able to meet these requirements better and support our customers on the way to Industry 4.0. We are particularly delighted to welcome the complete Vilant team with about 50 employees on board.” Founding partners Ville Kauppinen and Antti Virkkunen (hence Vil-Ant) remain shareholders and managing directors of the new Turck Vilant Systems.

 

The four Vilant offices in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Germany have implemented more than 1,000 RFID system installations in 35 countries in the 15 years of operation, making it a major player in the industrial RFID system business.

“This was a strategic decision for us. In the Turck group we will be able to continue our RFID system implementation business as usual, leveraging Turck’s international sales organisation and the hardware product portfolio for further international growth.“ says Ville Kauppinen.

Turck Vilant Systems

 

PRESS CONTACTS

TURCK

Klaus Albers
Head of Marketing Services & Public Relations
Telephone: +49 208 4952-149
Cell phone: +49 160 93950359
Mail: klaus.albers@turck.com
Web: www.turck.de/presse

TURCK VILANT SYSTEMS

Jessica Säilä
Marketing Manager
Cell phone: +358 40 537 8360
Mail: jessica.saila@turckvilant.com

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SBB Cargo Provides Automated Alerts of Freight Car Movements Via RFID

Author Tamara Written 3.2.2017 in category Blog posts,Vilant News

 

The Swiss rail company is deploying a passive UHF system from Vilant to track the movements of thousands of freight cars as they arrive at and leave rail stations and shunting yards.

 

By Claire Swedberg – Dec 26, 2016 for RFID Journal.com

 

If you like to read the full article, please go to http://www.rfidjournal.com/articles/view?15361

 


Intralogistics automation of tissue paper manufacturing with RFID – WEPA

Author Tamara Written 16.9.2016 in category Uncategorized

WEPA is a German family owned manufacturer of hygiene papers founded in 1948. With a turnover of approximately 1 billion € and 19 paper machines in Europe it is one of the three leading hygiene paper product manufacturers in Europe. Thanks to consistent expansion and investments amounting to millions of Euros, all WEPA locations are state-of-the-art and produce contemporary hygiene paper products for the most varied consumer requirements.

Challenge
On its site in Mainz WEPA decided to automate the intralogistics process of mother reels with automated guided vehicles (AGV) from Elettric80 Spa, which are managing a floor warehouse. Mother reels produced by the paper machine are transported and stored into the warehouse by AGV. The converting process where mother reels are processed into to end products is as well supplied with mother reels by AGVs. Since there are no persons involved in the intralogistics process the reliable and automated identification of the mother reels is crucial. Reels must be identifiable reliably from any direction by the AGV system and the converting machines for logistics automation and production traceability.

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RFID based vendor-managed inventory (VMI) for paper cores – Sonoco Alcore Case

Author Tamara Written 16.9.2016 in category Blog posts,Vilant News

Sonoco Alcore is part of Sonoco, a global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and supply chain services. Sonoco Alcore is the acknowledged leader in high-quality, innovative, value-creating tube and core solutions.
Sonoco Alcore delivers tube and core solutions and services to our customers in the paper, film, man-made fiber yarn, metal and construction industries.

Challenge

Sonoco Alcore delivers cores to paper manufacturers, where production processes run continuously day and night. Due to end product variations, core consumption of a certain type is not constant. The end customer needs to monitor the core warehouse levels of different core types and trigger replenishment orders manually. Usually this is done by office staff, who are not on duty on production night shift and week-ends. This leads to overstocking for safety, or in the worst case out of stock if the manual process has been neglected. If no cores are on stock no paper can be produced, which means very high line stoppage costs at paper producers.

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Automated loading verification with RFID at the Nässjö Distribution Center – JYSK Sweden Case

Author Tamara Written 16.9.2016 in category Blog posts,Vilant News

JYSK is a global retail chain that is a leader on the European market in all articles for the bedroom, the bathroom, the living room, the window and the patio.

JYSK is owned by Lars Larsen, who opened his first store in Aarhus, Denmark back in 1979. Since then, JYSK has grown to become a global concern known as JYSK Group. Today, JYSK Group has over 2,300 stores and 20,000 employees in 43 countries and an annual turnover of EUR 2.9 billion. In Germany and Austria, the name is Dänisches Bettenlager.

JYSK opened its first store in Sweden in 1991 and Nässjö Distribution Center in 2000.

Challenge

JYSK delivers goods like mattresses, chairs and tables from its Nässjö Distribution Center to Scandinavia on various sized pallets. External truck drivers load pallets to their trucks. A barcode from each pallet is scanned manually before loading it to update its status in the warehouse management system (WMS). Scanning barcodes and avoiding loading errors are a time consuming task for JYSK. JYSK started a project to expand the Nässjö Distribution Center by building a new automated warehouse and decided to automate shipping verification at the same time.

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Traceability in food industry recycling and fertilizers – Case Honkajoki

Author Sanna Written 15.12.2015 in category Blog posts,Vilant News

Honkajoki Oy

Honkajoki Oy operates a recycling facility that processes most of the animal-based raw materials in Finland. Their highly refined and carefully regulated production processes animal carcasses and waste material from slaughter houses back to fertilizers and animal feed products. The facility also produces raw material for energy production. Honkajoki Oy transports also this animal-based raw materials from slaughter houses to the recycling facility with its own equipment consisting of trucks and special metal containers designated to this purpose

Challenge

New regulations set by the EU are creating more requirements for the traceability of the origin and processing chain of animal-based raw material delivered to slaughter houses or directly from farms to the Honkajoki facility. Honkajoki should be able to show afterwards from which production line and collection point i n a slaughter house, or from which farms or area storage, each transported container was picked up. The waste from different production lines and other types of raw material needs to be processed also in different ways and processing lines in the Honkajoki facility. Also, the system provides information about arriving waste types and transportation schedules so that the production and logistics processes of the facility can be planned more accurately and in an optimal way.

As a separate system, inside the facility there was also a need to be able to track the movements and inventories of plastic big bags containing animal feed products.

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Tyre manufacturing traceability – Case Nokian Tyres

Author Sanna Written 14.12.2015 in category Blog posts,Vilant News

 

Nokian Tyres – Production Tracking and Error Prevention

The Nokian Passenger Car Tyres unit develops, manufactures, and markets summer and winter tyres for passenger cars and delivery trucks as well as SUVs. The key products are studded and non-studded winter tyres and SUV tyres. These are the fastest growing product segments in the tyre industry.

Challenge

Tyre manufacturing is a complex process where raw materials such as rubber, carbon black and chemicals produce numerous specialized components that are assembled and cured.

Traceability of various parts is an important quality function for Nokian Tyres. Traceability requires to know the history of each tyre and the components it is built from. Traditionally tracking processes have been manual which causes more errors, inaccuracy and slowness. Continue reading…

 

 


New support portal

Author Sanna Written 19.5.2015 in category Blog posts,Vilant News

We are providing 24/7 round the clock support to thousands of RFID readers and supporting business critical systems in more than 30 countries. To improve the management and visibility of all the service requests, upgrades, consumables orders and general business as usual for maintained systems, we decided to launch a service portal. Advantages of the portal:

  • SLA’s can be monitored and reported
  • automatic ticket creation
  • tracking via www-page and e-mail
  • status monitoring

The system is based on the well renowned Zendesk platform and has been launched 18.5.2015. For any questions about the support portal please send us a an e-mail to support@vilant.com, and you will receive a ticket and are already part of the new system and experience it first hand!
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RFID forklifts on the fast track

Author Sanna Written 19.5.2015 in category Blog posts,Vilant News

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We mounted the first RFID readers on forklifts probably more than 10 years ago, not knowing how much of a boom this approach will put on the RFID process landscape. The basic logic is clear: if you are loading items in your yard, an RFID gate is in most cases not usable. Also, in many cases customers tend to have less forklifts than they have in- or outbound dock doors making the investment into forklifts more cost efficient.

However a few things have stood in the way. Old RFID chip generations with meager sensitivity did not always allow for flawless identification of the objects loaded on the forklift. On the other hand, RFID readers and software lacked features of distinction of what is on the forklift and what is not. Without algorithms it is not possible to know what the forklift is carrying and what is just standing around.

The approach of floor tags has also opened a world of possibilities. This means, that a forklift can not only identify tagged objects on its forks, it can also read its position by reading RFID tags embedded into the floor. In such way loading docks, warehouse areas or floor storage locations can be automatically idenfified and connected to the moved object. We have even implemented systems where floor tags are the main RFID component and the objects as such are identified with traditional barcode.

For us in terms of new application areas the forklift solution space is growing fast because it just makes sense. With the latest chip generations and reader functionalities it has also reached maturity. Still, it is not the solution for everything. But the RFID forklift has definitely come to stay!