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Connected, flexible, autonomous: BMW Group expands use of innovative technologies in prolongation logistics

Munich. The BMW Group is increasingly relying on
innovations from a fields of digitalisation and Industry 4.0 in
prolongation logistics. This will safeguard a company’s tellurian production
network continues to accept a tools it needs in a timely and
arguable demeanour in a future. The concentration is on applications such as
logistics robots, unconstrained ride systems during plants and
digitalisation projects for an end-to-end supply chain. Staff can
control logistics processes from mobile inclination such as smartphones
and tablets and use practical existence applications to devise future
logistics. Innovations entrance out of many commander projects are being
implemented worldwide in logistics during BMW Group plants.

“Logistics is a heart of a prolongation system. Our extended spectrum
of ground-breaking projects helps us run increasingly complex
logistics processes well and transparently,” according to
Jürgen Maidl, conduct of Logistics for a BMW Group prolongation network.
“We are holding advantage of a far-reaching operation of accessible technological
innovations and operative closely with universities and start-ups. We
are already operative with tomorrow’s Industry 4.0 technologies today.”

Around 1,800 suppliers during some-more than 4,000 locations broach over 31
million tools to a 30 BMW Group prolongation sites worldwide every
day. Digitalisation and innovations assistance a association organise
logistics some-more flexibly and some-more efficiently. At a same time, almost
10,000 vehicles entrance off a prolongation line daily contingency be delivered
to business around a globe. Digitally connected delivery, so-called
Connected Distribution, ensures that these ride routes are also
some-more transparent.


Connected Supply Chain: Full information clarity in a supply chain

The BMW Group supply sequence relies on a tellurian supply network and
tighten team-work with countless logistics use providers. The
Connected Supply Chain (CSC) programme significantly increases supply
sequence transparency. It updates a plants’ element controllers and
logistics specialists on a goods’ plcae and smoothness time every
15 minutes. This clarity enables them to respond immediately if
delays seem expected and take suitable stairs early to equivocate costly
additional runs.

Autonomous ride systems both inside and outward

Autonomous ride systems such as tugger trains or Smart Transport
Robots are increasingly used to ride products within prolongation halls.

To concede tugger trains to now also be used for a sophisticated
routine of provision public lines, as partial of a commander project, BMW
Group Plant Dingolfing has grown an automation
, that enables required tugger trains of any brand
already on palm to be upgraded to unconstrained tugger trains. The
capabilities of these driverless tugger trains go over automation of
progressing solutions.

Another destiny record is also being piloted alongside autonomous
tugger trains during a Dingolfing plant. A Smart Watch
supports logistics staff during a enclosure change routine and
announces coming tugger trains around a quivering alarm. The
worker can also review that containers should be unloaded and send
a tugger sight on to a subsequent end by drumming a display.

The BMW Group is also pioneering a use of unconstrained transport
systems outdoors. As partial of a commander project, a BMW Group is using
an unconstrained outside ride drudge for a initial time during its
Leipzig plant to pierce lorry trailers from where they are parked to
a unloading and loading brook on their own. A mobile height drives
underneath a trailer, connects it and steers it by a plant.
The supposed AutoTrailer, with a cargo of adult to 30
tons, navigates by laser, but additional discipline or markings,
by a plant’s outside areas. Sensors and cameras yield a 360°
all-round view, that forms a basement of a reserve concept.

The outrageous intensity of this ride complement is quite evident
during a BMW Group’s largest plant in Spartanburg, where about 1,200 of
these trailer-shunting manoeuvres take place each day.

Back in 2015, a BMW Group assimilated army with a Fraunhofer
Institute IML to rise a initial self-driving Smart
Transport Robots
(STR) for transporting hurl containers
by logistics areas within prolongation halls. The second generation
is now in operation during BMW Group Plant Regensburg. The prosaic robots
lift hurl containers weighing adult to one ton and ride them
autonomously to where a products need to be. They calculate a ideal
lane exclusively and pierce openly by space. A built-in battery
procedure from a BMW i3 powers a STR for a whole work shift.

Loading and unloading of products containers:
Robots take
over strenuous tasks and soothe staff

After smoothness to a plant, a products are ecstatic to the
public line in containers and tools containers of several sizes. For
a overpowering pursuit of reloading containers from pallets onto conveyor
belts or into storage, employees will be assisted in a destiny by
logistics robots specifically grown for this purpose. Four different
forms of robots, referred to as “Bots” by logistics experts,
are now being tested or have already been integrated into array production.

The lightweight robots take on opposite jobs: they can take full
cosmetic boxes from a pallet in a incoming products area and place
them on a circuit system, they do unpack tugger trains and place
boxes installed with products on a shelf, they collect several tiny parts
from suitable supply racks and they smoke-stack dull containers on
pallets before they re-enter circulation.

Using synthetic intelligence, a robots can detect and process
several opposite containers and establish a ideal hold point.

Smart inclination support logistics staff in paperless logistics

Gloves with integrated scanners and displays, information eyeglasses and smart
watches are increasingly used to support logistics employees. The
transition to paperless logistics, with digitally labelled containers
and shelves, opens adult new areas of concentration for mobile devices.
Glove scanners review a electronic tag and prove a exact
essence of a tiny bucket conduit on a tiny arrangement that can be worn
on a arm.

Virtual existence and synthetic comprehension

The use of practical existence already plays an critical purpose in
formulation logistics spaces. In a practical environment, planners can
fast and well lay out destiny logistics areas totally and
consider how most space is needed, for instance. Planning is formed on 3D
information representing a genuine structures of a logistics hall. For the
past several years, a BMW Group has been capturing a plants in
digital form with millimetre accuracy, regulating special 3D scanners and
high-resolution cameras. This creates a three-dimensional picture of the
structures, so that primer recording on site is no longer needed. When
formulation destiny logistics areas, BMW Group experts can now combine
existent information with a practical “library” of shelves, lattice
boxes, tiny bucket carriers and around 50 other widely-used handling resources.

Connected Distribution:
Vehicle smoothness transparency
from plant to showroom
Like smoothness of tools to
plants, a ride of vehicles to a dealership is now also
digitally and transparently traceable. The former Connected
Distribution commander plan was entirely integrated into array production
this year. The complement uses a same IT built into BMW Group vehicles
to lane a plcae of finished vehicles once they are prepared to
leave a plant. The car transmits a stream geolocation and
standing to a logistics centre around a mobile tie each time it
is switched off.

Focus on sustainability: Natural gas, electric and future
hydrogen trucks will revoke CO2 emissions

Logistics can assistance a BMW Group grasp a sustainability goals.
The concentration here is on continual enlargement of CO2-efficient modes of
transport. More than 60 percent of all new vehicles now leave
prolongation plants by rail.
Nevertheless, it is still required to
use trucks on certain in- and outbound logistics routes. To reduce
emissions from these lorry journeys, a BMW Group is already using
healthy gas and electric trucks in team-work with logistics service
providers. The aim is to revoke lorry emissions by 40% by 2030 and to
be totally emission-free by 2050.