Smart plant logistics: Automated ride systems for outside use

Dingolfing. At BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, automated
ride systems have prolonged been an essential partial of plant
operations: From unconstrained tugger trains to intelligent ride robots to
automobile forklifts – rollout of these innovative vehicles is good underway,
and they have already turn a common steer in prolongation halls. “Due
to a far-reaching accumulation of models we have here in Dingolfing, from a BMW
4 Series to a fully-electric BMW iX, a public logistics
now handles opposite articles and part” explains Armin Feser,
conduct of Physical Logistics during BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. “Automated
ride systems assistance us conduct this complexity and organize our
logistics processes during a plant some-more efficiently.”

After regulating these innovative vehicles indoors, a subsequent step is to
muster programmed ride systems in areas outward a production
halls. Pilot projects have been regulating on a plant drift for
several weeks – with dual programmed outside tugger trains, a so-called
automobile box and a automobile trailer.

Peter Kiermaier is obliged for logistics formulation and
automation of logistics innovations during Plant Dingolfing. He
resolutely believes these vehicles have intensity for a future, though also
describes a singular hurdles of regulating them outdoors: “On a one
hand, since of a weather, we have distant some-more disruptive and
conversion factors, so we need some-more strong sensors and systems. On
a other, we also need vehicles and systems that can promulgate and
correlate effectively with any another.”

He says safeguarding other highway users, such as pedestrians and
cyclists, is tip priority and requires a innovative automobile to be
integrated into a existent trade control system.

As partial of a AC Log (Autonomous Connected Logistics) research
project, skeleton call for a automobile trailer and automobile box to be connected to
5G, so they can promulgate with a existent BMW customary control system.

Specifically, dual opposite outside tugger sight models are currently
being piloted: The initial is a tugger sight built by Linde, with an
integrated automation pack from Schiller and a traction of three
tonnes, that is being used to ride doorway handles autonomously,
but a driver, in lonesome open spaces. The second model, from
French manufacturer Easymile, builds on lessons schooled from vehicle
record for unconstrained pushing and is especially being used to
ride PHS piece steel tools outdoors. The electric hauler delivers
adult to 15 tonnes of traction and, with 3 trailers, reaches a length
of over 16 metres and an programmed speed of 10 km/h. It comes with a
formidable navigation complement that uses GPS satellite navigation and Lidar
record to emanate a 3D picture of a surroundings.

An automated, self-driving automobile box from Stäubli-WFT is also being
piloted. With a footprint of 4.5 x 2 metres and a housing to protect
ecstatic products from a weather, it is ideally versed for outdoor
use. The self-driving box moves special containers behind and forth
between locations where dull containers are stored and returned in
a northern zone of Plant 02.40. “The product represents a further
growth of a prior indoor automobile used during a Dingolfing
Dynamics Centre 02.70. In a prolonged run, we wish to grasp greater
coherence by regulating opposite automobile sizes and transport
volumes,” explains Dr Thomas Irrenhauser, conduct of Technology
Development Innovation.

Another device from Stäubli-WFT, a automobile trailer, is now in use
during a Dynamics Centre (DYZ). In a nearby future, dual programmed car
trailers will be deployed during this plcae to pierce containers arriving
by rail to a advancing gates for effusive products during a enclosure yard,
some 500 metres away, instead of tractor units. There, a container
will be installed with new parts, that are afterwards ecstatic behind to the
enclosure yard by a automobile trailer, where they wait to be shipped.