DroneMatrix | Diepenbeek (B) 

– Founded in 2015 

– Drones as a service 

– 16 employees 

The challenge 

With a product like drone-in-a-box, DroneMatrix has to position itself flexibly in the market. Most customers want to rent only one or a few drones, but with adapted flight plans and sensors. Together with the many components that make up such a drone and its docking station, this makes for a complicated assembly process. In addition, the complex supply chain for components caused long waiting times. 

The solution 

DroneMatrix chose a two-part approach to implement QRM. On the one hand, the production chain was mapped and digitized, so that it became clear which components are located at which suppliers. It gave DroneMatrix insight into the influence of the complex supply chain on the lead time. Efforts were therefore made to shorten the chain. The assembly process was then mapped out. To address the complexity of this, DroneMatrix created digital work instructions in collaboration with Azumuta. Each step of the process was entered into the digital tool and supplemented with the necessary instructions, images and videos. During assembly, employees of both DroneMatrix and the suppliers can follow these work instructions on screens. 

The results 

• The assembly process is much smoother, both at DroneMatrix and at their suppliers 

• No additional training is required for operators to assemble complex drones and  
   docking stations 

• The various parts and drones are easier to trace 

• Digital work instructions simplify internal quality checks on production 

• Changes in the assembly process can easily be shared with suppliers 

QUOTE (Michiel Arits, Software and Hardware Engineer) “The big advantage of digital work instructions is that they are very scalable. You can give the instructions to someone and they immediately left to put our drones together properly.”