L4MS offers manufacturers and logistics companies new technology to completely digitalize intrafactory logistics with Industrial IoT platform OPIL (Open Platform for Innovations in Logistics) together with 3D simulation tool (Visual Components®). Connecting factory equipment to one IoT platform and testing the logistics process virtually enables cost-effective deployment of configurable human-robot logistics solutions.
OPIL provides ready connectivity with equipment for optimal material handling on factory floor. These include (but not limited to) mobile robots, AGVs, forklifts, workers and sensors, as well as IT infrastructure of the factory such as various warehouse management and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems. By using OPIL and 3D factory simulation, the selected Application Experiments aim to demonstrate how these tools can turn the innovation processes faster and simpler.
Benefits of OPIL?
Open Platform for Innovations in Logistics (OPIL) , as the name suggests, is an open-source platform that connects and improves communication between different factory floor resources. It supports the adaptation of software, hardware and other open-source frameworks. Most importantly, the open-source approach reduces the dependency of a single service provider and increases customization capability based on specific business needs - important especially for smaller manufacturers.
Manufacturing SMEs & Mid Caps OPIL is especially interesting for companies dealing with demand fluctuations and changes in product configurations. It reduces set-up times for implementing new logistics tasks as well as for coping with changes in layout of the manufacturing floor.
System Integrators? OPIL allows integration of hardware and software products from different vendors and providers to obtain full interoperability among the different systems.
Technology and Automated Guided Vehicle (AVG) suppliers OPIL enables product (e.g. AGVs, mobile robots) and components (e.g. track-and-trace systems) development that are cost‐effective and interoperable with other suppliers’ products.
Read more about OPIL Frequently Asked Questions or blog by Markus Taumberger: http://www.l4ms.eu/blog/open-source-platform-internal-logistics-alternative-commercial-solutions
How to implement OPIL in Open Call proposal?
OPIL is one of the core elements of L4MS. To apply to the L4MS Open Call, the applicants have to demonstrate, through an industrial Application Experiment, how OPIL + 3D simulation would reduce installation time and costs of mobile robots, compared to already available solutions on the market. The Applicants should use the technology as their basic resource and contribute – whenever possible - to further OPIL development and its new functionalities. See more from OPIL Frequently Asked Questions
READ also Open Call - Guide for Applicants
OPIL documentation readthedocs.io: https://opil-documentation.readthedocs.io
OPIL on Docker Hub: https://hub.docker.com/u/l4ms
L4MS Open Call 2018 winners: Why we applied & what's interesting about OPIL?
A manufacturer Procalçado joined L4MS early 2019 through Open Call with EWEN Energy. For this experiment, a custom-built application EL2OPIL (Event Logistics to OPIL) was developed to act as interface between SAP and OPIL.. SAP will communicate production time planning, EL2OPIL will generate task requests sent to OPIL, and OPIL will, based on that information, ensure that moulds are delivered and prepared on time by the AGVs. The solution is developed by EWEN, an expert in energy efficiency and process optimisation. Read more about the Application Experiment
Norwegian textile manufacturer Devold applied together with Lithuanian Factobotics to L4MS. Within the project, this Application Experiment develops and applies Open Platform for Innovations in Logistics (OPIL) to Fleet Management System. The system is built for AGVs and this new type of robotic system also helps OPIL to become more flexible. Read more about the Application Experiment
A total of ten teams took part in Tallinn Bootcamp in May 2019 . Only six teams were selected to L4MS, see why they decided to apply to Open Call and what their thoughts were on OPIL!
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