Application Experiments 

 

Heavy mold turns into an AGV 

Despite using, and developing, advanced manufacturing technologies, Trygons relies heavily on manual work when it comes to intra-factory logistics. When manufacturing roofs for trucks, for example, moulds weighing 500 kg are lifted and carried by workers from workstation to workstation.
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Autonomous robots carry products between neighboring companies 

The bulky and heavy boxes are transported between workstations and storage areas and between the storage areas of each facility. It is, however, impossible to enter the storage area of J-Coating while the coating process is running. This is why boxes are transported between facilities only by night.

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Automated quality sampling to provide significant time savings

While manufacturing processes are highly automated, quality sampling is still performed manually in the Dedienne factory located in Gétigné, France. Every two hours quality controllers go through the injection molding shopfloor with a trolley and manually pull samples of the product parts. A 250-metre round takes about 30 minutes.

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Robotics to ensure food traceability and safety

While responding to the growing demand, Serbian meat processor Nedeljkovic aimed to improve the level of food safety. This included improving the traceability of meat to the level that the final product can be traced back to one single animal.

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Production waste - Good starting point for automated logistics

Despite highly automated machine tools, material flow at KLS Ljubnois still manual. Most of the raw materials, such as carbon steel flat bar, and unfinished products are moved with forklifts. It seems, however, that with a fleet of AGVs almost all intra-factory logistics could be automated.

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Mobile and stationary robots automate intralogistics

Due to high level of customization MYL has kept from fully automating its intra-factory logistics. Spindles are disassembled and assembled at 12 workstations, and each operator typically walks to an automated warehouse to collect components, such as small joints, ball screws and clamping tools.

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Replacing forklifts with robots

As conventional forklifts require drivers, a considerable amount of time of the operators is spent on transportation of semi-finished and finished products. The goal of the L4MS experiment was to automate these processes.

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Collaborating with robots

An assembly line with conveyor belts was not an option for Klefer, as items vary from large metal plates to small wheels and screws. The L4MS experiment gave Klefer an opportunity to test how the present workflow could be partly automated by using robots in collaboration with people.

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Transporting food with robots 

Transport and material handling are the key processes on Kulinaaria’s production floor where up to 6,000 boxes of goods move daily within the factory. The objective of the experiment was to improve the intra-logistic process by automating the transport of boxes

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Automation between two floors

When your factory is built on two floors, you need to find a solution to the internal logistics bottleneck in material flows between the floors. The OJS consortium developed a robotics-based way to help this Italian fashion manufacturer to streamline production and cut costs.

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Overhead transportation

Norwegian textile factory is highly automated with the newest technologies in the industry, but in some areas the automation is still a dream. About five years ago, Tor Jonsson and his crew started to look for a new technology to automate the intra-factory logistics in a sewing hall.

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Improving human-robot collaboration

Procalçado currently uses SAP for production planning. For this experiment, they customized an application to act as interface between SAP and L4MS's own OPIL (Open Platform for Internal Logistics). This new application will communicate production time planning, generate task requests to OPIL, and OPIL will, based on that information, ensure that moulds are delivered and prepared on time by the AGVs. 

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AGV's transporting small parts

Even unique workflows can be supported by automation. At Bazigos factory, small parts are carried manually or pushed in trolleys from the warehouse to workstations. There are also big metal plates weighing up to hundreds of kilos that are lifted onto trolleys with roof cranes. Thanks to automation, 70% of labour and ergonomic costs were reduced.

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