Whatever the industry, any company that wants to be competitive on an international stage must maximize its production automation level. Flexible and automated production processes are the most essential component for increasing production levels, reducing batch sizes, and ultimately increasing productivity.
The future of intralogistic processes in the field of manufacturing automation is dominated by automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) . The role of AGVs/AMRs within the logistics and supply chain industry is becoming increasingly important as they significantly impact productivity, safety and efficiency. To operate at their highest potential, it is imperative that AGVs/AMRs use sensor information effectively to intelligently navigate.
Even though AGVs/AMRs have become a focal point in today’s manufacturing automation industry, they face one key issue: missing interoperability between different types of AGVs/AMRs, location data, and communication interfaces. Historically, different interfaces have made it challenging to effortlessly control and manage third-party AGVs/AMRs, resulting in complex integrations.
omlox has The Solution
omlox, the world's first open locating standard, unifies location data from all positioning technologies and enables vendor-independent locating of all moving objects. In the context of AGVs/AMRs, it complements VDA 5050 - a standardized interface for the communication between AGVs/AMRs and a master control (fleet management software). Together, omlox and VDA 5050 ensure interoperability between different types of AGVs/AMRs and fleet controllers.
To derive a solution incorporating both standards to create an easy-to-implement, flexible and, most importantly, holistic traffic fleet management solution, several key omlox partners teamed up for a joint collaborative project. Here is a short snapshot of the companies involved:
- SAFELOG offers the development and intelligent linking of innovative logistics systems such as AGVs/AMRs.
- TRUMPF Tracking Technologies enables you to create flexible, real-time tracking solutions for tomorrow's locating requirements.
- Heidelberg Mobil International is a global technology company focused on reshaping how location data is used in IoT.
- NAiSE offers the world's only traffic manager for all participants of intralogistics.
- WAKU Robotics offers the largest mobile robot comparison website, called Lots of Bots.
The ideal playground for this project was found with ARENA2036 (Active Research Environment for the Next generation of Automobiles) - a research campus located in Stuttgart, Germany, supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It is structured as a registered association representing an innovation platform for cooperations between science and industry with a focus on future mobility.
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