The concept of the smart factory – featuring intelligent, integrated and connected processes – is at the heart of Industry 4.0 and the manufacturing world. It is also the perfect reason for automotive manufacturer Audi to recently host a TechDay on the theme of the smart factory at its headquarters in Ingolstadt, Bavaria. The technology day focused on current projects using smart technologies to improve efficiency in production and logistics. Among them was a project using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) from Egemin Automation for internal transport. In a pilot project, Egemin will be equipping part of Audi’s logistics operations at Ingolstadt with AGVs. Vehicle automation will also be provided by Egemin.
In April 2017, Audi will begin a a pilot AGV project aimed at improving internal transport at the Logistics and Goods Transport Center Ingolstadt, which is currently carried out by trained personnel using manual forklifts. For the project Egemin will be integrating an automated E’gv® HYBRID (Egemin Guided Vehicle) solution based on two FMX-12 reach trucks manufactured by STILL, Egemin’s sister company in the KION Group. Automation will lead to space savings for Audi, as the maneuvering areas between storage racks will be eliminated. The vehicles will also be available around the clock across all three shifts, increasing efficiency in the warehouse.
Premium automotive manufacturer Audi supplies contract manufacturing operations in China and India from the 25,000 m² warehouse, and fills up to 2,500 freight containers per year with goods from the Logistics and Goods Transport Center in Ingolstadt. At the TechDay, Stefan Meier, Project Manager at Audi, desvribed how containers will be moved into and out of storage using an E’gv® STANDARD FLV2012/N vehicle, and explained “The components for our vehicles come to us in ‘large load carrier’ containers. In the future, the automated guided vehicles will work autonomously to move the containers into and out of high-rack storage and supply the packaging areas.”
About Dematic Egemin
Dematic Egemin (formerly Egemin Automation) manufactures, implements and services mobile automation solutions that improve warehouse, production and distribution center processes to optimize the supply chain. Product solutions include Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and in-floor towing solutions. Dematic Egemin comprises the Mobile Automation group within Dematic, with a Center of Excellence located in Holland, Michigan.
Dematic is a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic, Egemin and Retrotech, now integrated under the roof of KION Group, have implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.
Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services, and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centres. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally, and a leading provider of warehouse automation.
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