Efficiency & Sustainability, Technology

MotionMiners

Automatic analysis of manual work processes with sensors and AI

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Motion-Mining® enables automated and anonymous measuring and analysis of manual processes (e.g. logistics, production, hospitals) using sensors (wearables and beacons) and AI. Through a holistic approach, both efficiency and ergonomics can be analysed and optimised. This solution is offered both as a service and as a product solution (enabling customers to independently collect and analyse data).

Pilot Highlights

More than 30 customer, 50 consulting Projects and 50 processes analysed with the product solution.

Overview | Why?

Automated measurement
and analysis of manual activities

Automated measurement and analysis of manual activities

Motion-Mining® enables an automatic analysis of your work processes, e.g., in logistics or production.

Efficiency and ergonomic optimization measures tailored to your needs.

Pilot & Result | How?

As one of the first projects, a use case for the automatic analysis of manual processes in the logistics centre of wholesaler Blumenbecker in Beckum was selected. With the help of sensors and machine learning algorithms, reliable data on ergonomics and efficiency is collected - and thus clear potential for improvement is revealed. Blumenbecker Industriebedarf GmbH is a classic full-range supplier with a number of specialised departments. The very modern 3,500 square metre logistics centre in Beckum has a range of up to 100,000 articles from the industrial trade sector. This is where not only the Blumenbecker branches are served, but also orders from e-commerce.

The project was completed in just two months from kick-off to the final presentation of results. For the so-called Motion-Mining®, the automated measurement and analysis of manual activities, four employees per shift took part in the project, two docking stations were used, 106 so-called beacons were positioned, 85 relevant areas were defined and per employee up to 5.5 km walking distance and 1,000 bending movements per shift were tracked over one working week. The tracking is carried out with the help of mobile sensors which the employee wears on his belt and wrist. Using beacons and a Mobile Device, the position is recorded and stored and uploaded at the end of the shift in a docking station. The raw data is then analyzed using a 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, drop-off points, incoming goods, team leader office, returns area and purchasing were also included in this extensive analysis. Data protection is an important and sensitive issue when collecting this motion data. The measurement methodology developed by MotionMiners guarantees that the data is collected 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 the Blumenbecker works council. This, and also the simple handling of the measuring equipment, resulted in an excellent level of acceptance among the employees involved.

As part of a concluding presentation, MotionMiners and META presented the results to Sebastian Rustige, strategic head of central logistics, and Matthias Frisse, logistics manager in the central warehouse, the project managers at Blumenbecker. Using heatmaps to illustrate movements in the warehouse and box-plot diagrams to show time shares of the activities on the picking tours, impressive optimization possibilities with regard to efficiency and ergonomics were shown. Possible increases in efficiency of up to 40% in individual areas and recommendations for a significant reduction of bending movements are the results of this analysis. Thanks to the comprehensive Motion-Mining®, the start-up MotionMiners was able to specify recommendations for action that should be implemented either in the short, medium or long term - in detail including the investment to be made and the expected ROI.

Sebastian Rustige, strategic head of central logistics at Blumenbecker, says of this pilot project: "As medium-sized company we find it difficult to find suitable start-ups and place our trust in them. Thanks to META's recommendation as a long-term business partner, this was no longer an issue at Blumenbecker. We are grateful for their recommendation". Sebastian Rustige draws an immensely positive conclusion after this project: "We are delighted at the very professional cooperation and the acceptance among both our works council and employees. The impressive results give us a very good guideline for the optimization of our processes. This is a real competitive advantage. We can now leverage unrecognized potential and increase our efficiency by up to 40%. In addition, we are now able to quantify improvement potentials that have already been identified but not yet implemented".

The team | Who?

We are Motion Miners GmbH from Dormund.

SASCHA FELDHORST

CEO from MotionMiners GmbH

RENE GRZESZICK

Co-founder and CTO
of MotionMiners

SASCHA KACZMAREK

Co-founder and COO of MotionMiners

Sales & Projects

HAUKE

Head of Projects

SEBASTIAN

Project Manager

TIMO

Project Manager

RIJKE

Project Manager

PASCAL

Project Manager

HAUKE

Head of Projects

SEBASTIAN

Project Manager

TIMO

Project Manager

RIJKE

Project Manager

PASCAL

Project Manager

LEA

Process Engineer

LEA

Process Engineer

ANDREAS

Process Engineer

MARKUS

Process Engineer

LAURA

Process Engineer

ANDREAS

Process Engineer

MARKUS

Process Engineer

LAURA

Process Engineer

Business Development & Marketing

EVE

UI/UX Designer

MALCOLM

Business Developer

ANNA

Marketing Assistant

Analyse

MAX

Software Developer

MARTIN

Software Architect

TOBI

Data Scientist

FABIAN

Software Developer

DAVID

Software Developer

MAX

Software Developer

MARTIN

Software Architect

TOBI

Data Scientist

FABIAN

Software Developer

DAVID

Software Developer

TIM

Software Developer

ANDREAS

Software Developer

ROBIN

Software Developer

TIM

Software Developer

ANDREAS

Software Developer

ROBIN

Software Developer

Hardware

RENÉ

Embedded Software Engineer

FABIAN

Mobile Software Developer

NILS

Software Developer

FREDERÍK

Hardware Developer

SAPNA

Software Developer

RENÉ

Embedded Software Engineer

FABIAN

Mobile Software Developer

NILS

Software Developer

FREDERÍK

Hardware Developer

SAPNA

Software Developer

MARTIN

Software Engineer

FABIO

Hardware Developer

MAX

Product Designer

PAUL

Hardware Developer

MARTIN

Software Engineer

FABIO

Hardware Developer

MAX

Product Designer

PAUL

Hardware Developer

Piloters Perks | When?

Consulting projects

Start at about 30,000 € depending on scope (Efficiency and/or Ergonomics, no. of Employees, no. of processes, size of, location, duration of measurement)

The product solution
(Manual Process Intelligence)

Starts at about 25,000 €/year depending on the amount of hardware required.

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