The logistics of a future: from information goggles to electric trucks

Posted on 18. Nov, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Innovation, digitalisation and sustainability are pivotal success factors
for logistics

Testing of destiny technologies in bland operation

Continuous enlargement in CO2-efficient carriers

 

Munich. The BMW Group will increasingly rest on
innovation, digitalisation and sustainability for logistics in the
future. A fully-networked supply chain, unconstrained ride robots
and a use of existent car information for a smoothness process
will make logistics even some-more stretchable and efficient. Every day, a
sum of 30 million tools need delivering to a right place during the
right time, so that around 9,000 new vehicles can be constructed during the
BMW Group’s 31 prolongation locations worldwide.

“Logistics is a heart of a BMW prolongation complement – and a use of
innovative and digital technologies will turn a pivotal cause in our
formidable logistics processes,” according to Jürgen Maidl, conduct of
Logistics for a BMW Group prolongation network. He continued: “At the
same time, sustainable, resource-efficient solutions are also
vicious to us. We are already contrast a technologies of a future
in a whole array of commander projects.”

From protracted existence goggles to unconstrained ride systems to
electric-powered trucks, a BMW Group is contrast a far-reaching accumulation of
opposite technologies and innovations. Marco Prüglmeier, project
manager for creation and attention 4.0 for BMW Group inbound
logistics: “We have a transparent prophesy of a destiny and are already
exploring a technologies of tomorrow. We have identified potential
for creation in all phases of a logistics process, from inbound
smoothness of tools to a plants to outbound smoothness of new vehicles
to dealers all over a world.”

 

Connected Supply Chain: full information transparency

The BMW Group supply sequence consists of a globally distributed
retailer network, with tighten team-work with several logistics
use providers. In a future, full information clarity throughout
a supply sequence will capacitate us to know where any object is and whether
it will be delivered on time. This information allows us to respond
immediately if there is any delay. If, for example, a lorry is
concerned in an accident, a Connected Supply Chain automatically
calculates choice courses of movement and triggers analogous measures.

At a same time, a standing of process-critical tools can be
monitored by sensors, regulating supposed “condition monitoring”. This
enables early marker of shop-worn tools and either a
deputy smoothness is needed, thereby shortening dear additional runs and
choice processes and permitting any errors in a routine to be resolved.

 

First swift of unconstrained ride robots in bland operation

Autonomous pushing also plays an increasingly vicious purpose in
logistics. An initial swift of 10 self-driving Smart Transport Robots
(STR) is transporting components by logistics during a Wackersdorf
plant. What is singular is that a self-driving ride drudge does
not need floor-mounted initiation loops for navigation, though moves
openly by a logistics hall, powered sustainably by pre-used
batteries from a BMW i3 and is means to ride containers weighing
adult to 500 kilograms. The STR measures a stretch to wireless
transmitters to calculate a accurate position and route. Using sensors
to brand and conflict to vicious situations, it is means to share the
track with humans and other vehicles. After 5 months of prototype
operation, a plan will be eliminated to pre-series production,
where a 10 STRs will be used for a initial time in everyday
operations and perform ride assignments independently. In the
subsequent proviso of development, a 3D camera complement will capacitate even more
accurate navigation. The BMW Group has launched this plan in
and with a Fraunhofer Institut IML in Dortmund.

 

Autonomous tugger trains in assembly

Autonomous tugger trains are being piloted in a halls of BMW Group
Plant Dingolfing. The self-navigating tugger trains are used for
provision public logistics – generally for longer distances between
particular warehouses and public areas. From a technical indicate of
view, a eccentric steering and navigation of tugger trains relies
on laser signals. By evaluating their reflection, a tugger train
generates a digital 2D room form in genuine time, that enables it to
stratagem by a public gymnasium and logistics areas along certain routes.

 

Augmented existence information googles to support logistics staff

Augmented existence information goggles support logistics staff and vigilance to
a chairman classification tools where to find a right square and where to
place it. In another unfolding a use of information goggles goes even
further: The partial for classification is visually available by a information goggles
and undergoes an visual peculiarity check. In parallel, a image
information is compared in a credentials with a formerly compiled
database. Within a few milliseconds, a complement reports behind whether
a member is flawless. Using synthetic intelligence, a data
goggles are means to recognize opposite forms of defects independently.

 

Connected Distribution: Greater clarity for car delivery

For destiny deliveries from a plant to a dealer, a car will
turn an intelligent sensor that can send or accept important
information. When a car is switched off, it relays a current
geolocation and standing to a logistics centre around mobile connection.
This information helps urge on-time smoothness and revoke lead times.
In a second proviso of development, a car arrangement in a interior
will be used to send notifications or profits for required work
stairs in a ride sequence to dealers. In this way, for example,
track information can be displayed directly in a vehicle, making
smoothness some-more fit overall.

 

Sustainability: Rail ride reduces CO2 emissions

Logistics helps a BMW Group grasp a sustainability goals,
focusing on invariably expanding a commission of CO2-efficient
carriers. One magnitude to revoke CO2 emissions is to boost rail
transport. Today, for example, some-more than 60 per cent of all new
vehicles leave a prolongation plants by rail.

Rail also plays an vicious purpose in provision plants with production
material. For example, a sight with car tools from Regensburg and
Leipzig takes a Trans-Siberian Railway all a approach to northern China
twice a week, transporting around 2,500 containers a year with vehicle
tools to Shenyang, roughly 11,000 kilometres away. With a movement time
of reduction than 20 days, these approach trains are some-more than twice as fast
as a multiple of sea burden and travel by the
Chinese interior, with roughly a same CO2 emissions. Using rail, it
is probable to respond during brief notice to prolongation fluctuations and
follow-up orders, but requiring atmosphere transportation. This
choice ride choice has significantly reduced costs and CO2
emissions for obligatory deliveries to a company’s Chinese plants in
new years.

 

Electric trucks: Emission-free over brief distances

In team-work with logistics use providers, all-electric trucks
are already pushing on a roads in Munich and Leipzig, creation local
deliveries. The initial aim is to get to know a opposite drive
technologies improved and benefit experience. Over a prolonged term, a BMW
Group is essay for cost-efficient use of choice expostulate technologies.

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