BMW Group introduces self-driving robots in Supply Logistics

Posted on 03. Mar, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Autonomous robots ride automobile tools in Logistics

Innovation assists staff in Materials Procurement

Recycled BMW i3 batteries to appetite destiny robots


Munich/Wackersdorf. Plant Wackersdorf reserve the
BMW Group’s general public and prolongation sites with car
parts. In a gymnasium of Supply Logistics, a self-driving drudge maneuvers
itself underneath a drum enclosure with parts. Silently and with
flashing lights, it picks adult a enclosure and starts to pierce through
a logistics hall. The complement is difficult and extensive; nobody
can find their approach around but a good clarity of direction. But this
is no problem for a ride robot, that is about a stretch of a
suitcase. Flanked by radio transmitters and versed with a digital
map, it drives exclusively to a end of a goods. When
tugger sight cranky a path, a propitious sensor identifies a obstacle
and stops a self-driving drudge with automobile tools installed weighing adult to
half a ton.

Digitization is essential for prolongation

In terms of intelligent logistics, a BMW Group is compelling innovative
and trend-setting logistics systems: “The growth of a Smart
Transport Robot is an vicious miracle for a BMW Group when it
comes to digitization and autonomization in prolongation logistics. This
creation plan creates an vicious grant to a lively of
a supply sequence in Logistics and Production. It enables a supply
sequence to adjust to changing outmost conditions fast and flexibly,”
comments Dr. Dirk Dreher, Vice President of Foreign Supply during a BMW Group.

Autonomous navigation in Supply Logistics

Measuring a stretch to 3 radio transmitters allows a robot
to calculate a accurate position and route. With a assistance of sensors,
it identifies vicious situations and can respond accordingly, sharing
a track with people and other vehicles. At a after indicate when the
creation is being implemented in array operation, a 3D camera
complement will make navigation even some-more accurate.
The transport
drudge will be means to duty but a floor-mounted induction
loops for navigation and will pierce openly within a space. The
battery-powered radio transmitters mounted to a walls of a hall
can be stretched to serve areas in logistics flexibly but major
bid and during low costs.

Utilization of recycled BMW i3 batteries

For a BMW Group, a self-driving drudge tailored to accommodate a demands
of a company’s supply logistics and prolongation supply is a top
priority. Besides custom-fit measurements for a containers to be
transported, a car also has sufficient battery ability as the
developers have drawn on a knowledge gained with BMW i: batteries
formerly propitious in BMW i3 vehicles are being sustainably reused.
This BMW i3 battery procedure will yield 8 hours’ value of energy,
covering a full shift.

Pilot plan is being eliminated to array operations this year

The BMW Group has partnered with a Fraunhofer Institute for this
project. The partnership underneath a tag of a BMW Enterprise Lab
for Flexible Logistics was determined in Sep 2015. It aims to
try destiny solutions for logistics areas. Initial commentary will be
presented during a trade satisfactory LogiMAT 2016 in Stuttgart from Mar 8 to
10, 2016, during a mount of a Fraunhofer IML as good as in a forum
“New ride robots – agile, strong, versatile”. In a future, the
Smart Transport Robot can be deployed in both make-up areas and in
public logistics. This step in a automation simplifies the
materials buying routine for workers in make-up departments and
reduces a supply space in a supermarket. The self-driving drudge is
being grown and tested during a BMW Group’s Innovation Park in
Wackersdorf. This core is a logistics heart for element management
and just-in-sequence supply to BMW Group sites in 10 different
countries. Wackersdorf is also home to a cockpit prolongation for
several plants.


Additional information

The display of a Smart Transport Robot in a forum “New
ride robots – agile, strong, versatile” takes place on Tuesday,
Mar 9, 2016, between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. in Forum A, Hall 1. The fair
mount of a Fraunhofer IML is located in Hall 1, Stand 1K61.

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