Assembly & Manufacturing
Feeding assembly line
Moving carts, trolleys and shelves make a highly changing environment around assembly lines and therefore static natural features are scarcely available for positioning. This is where features like Dynamic Mapping help overcoming the lack of map data and Precision Positioning or Pallet Finding enables accurate docking to stations. Obstacle Avoidance is useful when carts are left on driveways.
All is controlled by the Fleet Control to ensure a predictable traffic flow, task management and traceability.
AGVs as an assembly line
In order to increase flexibility of assembly lines, the conveyor lines are increasingly replaced by omnidirectional AGVs driving in line formation. An ideal combination of flexible natural feature navigation between the assembly lines and highly controlled formation driving on the assembly line, all managed by the Fleet Control.
Manufacturing systems offer a variety of opportunities to increase flexibility by introducing natural feature based navigation, both in transportation and production tasks. Deliveries include anything from small differentially driven material transport AGVs to large omnidirectional tool transporters and highly specialized platforms carrying robots for work execution in distributed locations.
Applications include extensive Fleet Control systems, stand-alone systems and positioning only solutions. Practically all add-on features have been applied in this industry.