Motion-Mining® in use
The pilot project was completed in just two months from start to presentation of results. For the so-called Motion-Mining®, an automated measurement and analysis of manual activities, four employees took part in the study per shift, two docking stations were used, 106 so-called beacons were positioned, 85 relevant areas were defined and tracked per employee up to 5.5 km mileage as well as 1,000 bending movements per shift over one working week.
Tracking is carried out with the aid of mobile sensors worn by the employee on his belt and wrist. The position is recorded by the beacons and a mobile device and stored and uploaded to a docking station at the end of the shift. The raw data is then analyzed with the help of a proprietary deep learning algorithm developed by MotionMiners.
All picking areas at Blumenbecker such as the preparation of the picking trolleys, shelving (incl. multi-storey system), pallet racks, hazardous goods, bulky goods and the office were part of this recording. In addition, the special areas of pallet replenishment, catalogues, printers, delivery areas, incoming goods, team leader office, return area and purchasing were also included in the comprehensive analysis.
An important and sensitive point in the collection of this transaction data is data protection. The measurement methodology developed by MotionMiners ensures that the data is recorded and evaluated absolutely anonymously. An allocation to individual persons is therefore not possible at any time. In addition, the entire project was carried out in close consultation and agreement with Blumenbecker's works council. This and also the simple handling of the measuring devices led to a very good acceptance among the employees involved.