BOPLA is one of the market leaders in the fields of enclosure technology and input systems. In order to further strengthen the position, the topic "digital transformation" is capitalized. After the successful implementation of a production data acquisition system (PDA), a real-time order status query and paperless production, the process of automating the material flow is now on the agenda. The material transport from the picking warehouse to the processing centers was carried out manually by pallet trolley. The further transport to the next work step, for example to the assembly or print shop, was carried out independently by the employees who completed the work step.
The goal was to relieve employees and automate internal logistics with the help of an autonomous mobile robot. In addition, a reject part at the machining center must be replaced by the robot from the warehouse within 15 minutes after an employee reports this in the PDA. During the on-site visit by a Phoenix Mecano application specialist, additional challenges were identified. To enable the AMR robot to navigate autonomously in the best possible way, some existing paths and bottlenecks had to be widened somewhat. Furthermore, the existing orientation points in the halls were limited for the robot and required creative solutions.
In the future, the autonomous transport of goods will be handled by two AMR MiR250s with the Shelf Carrier top module and the MiR Fleet fleet manager. The top module enables the mobile robot to pick up trolleys mounted on rollers, transport them and set them down again. Orientation points for the robot were achieved by strategically placing measuring cells or tool cabinets, for example, without imposing additional effort or detours on employees. Path bottlenecks were also eliminated. However, as with most projects, there were new challenges. During commissioning, it was discovered that there were still a few bottlenecks, which had been assessed somewhat too optimistically by Phoenix Mecano in advance. But here, too, a solution was quickly found.
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