Audi’s logistics of a future: Goods being consecrated pierce autonomously to employees

Posted on 17. Dec, 2015 by in Volkswagen Canada

The routine of commissioning a other approach around: Starting today, logistics employees during Audi will no longer have to fetch a compulsory products from a element shelves. Instead, a products will come to them entirely automatically on driverless ride systems (DTS). Audi is so a world’s initial vehicle manufacturer to exercise such a DTS formed products to chairman concept. The association is now contrast a new process with a commissioning of driver’s manuals during a Audi plant in Ingolstadt.

“Autonomous products vehicle is another pioneering growth towards a bureau of a future. By means of intelligent connectivity, we grasp additional potency and flexibility, while easing a work of a employees,” settled Axel Bley, Head of Logistics Concept Development. The Audi employees report a new room as a “supermarket of a future,” since a complement knows during all times that tools a commissioners need and provides them with accurately a right products during a right time.

The functionality of a “supermarket of a future” is efficient, ergonomic and convenient: Driverless ride systems, so‑called carries, pierce a products to a commissioners entirely autonomously. To do so, they expostulate underneath a shelves, lift them adult and ride them automatically to a executive picking station. There, black on a guard uncover a employees that products they have to put into that place. Unlike a prior person‑to‑goods commissioning, a DTS does not need far-reaching lanes and picking bays, so a shelves can be positioned most closer together. That reduces space mandate by 25 percent.

A fleet-management complement coordinates a carries so that they always arrive during a commissioners’ workplaces punctually. This means that a employees never have to wait for their products – a shelf change during a picking hire takes usually 4 seconds. The robots accept a sequence to pierce a shelf for commissioning by Wi‑Fi. When in motion, they asian themselves by means of QR codes on a floor, that are review by a camera commissioned underneath a DTS. The unconstrained ride systems pierce in a apart area from where a employees work.

Thanks to a new supermarket concept, a commissioners’ workplaces are most some-more ergonomic than before. The goods‑to‑person element eliminates not usually prolonged operative times in a picking bays, though also prolonged walking distances and a pulling of heavily installed element carts. Another advantage of a supermarket of a destiny is a versatility: If components change or new ones are added, this can be fast integrated. “All a shelves are mobile, so where they are located is no longer important,” pronounced Bley. “With a augmenting series of parts, it is enormously critical that we can conflict flexibly.”

The unconstrained ride systems are versed with 8 rechargeable batteries with a using time of approximately 7 hours. When their assign standing has depressed to 40 percent, they automatically lapse to their charging stations. There, they are recharged for dual hours around initiation plates in a floor, and afterwards automatically lapse to work in a transporting shelves. When charged, a robots accelerate to a speed of 3.6 kilometers per hour, irrespective of a weight of a element carried. They can ride a limit of 600 kilograms.

The commissioning of a owner’s manuals for a Audi A3 models is a initial charge for that a new supermarket judgment is being tested. Next year, additional commissioning stations during Audi will take over a goods‑to‑person principle.

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