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 Egemin Automation Inc.
Egemin Automation manufactures, implements and services automated material handling solutions that improve warehouse, production, and distribution center processes. Egemin’s standard and tailor-made automation solutions enable customers to remain one step ahead of the competition.
Egemin’s solutions include design, installation, modernization, and support of automated warehouse and distribution systems, including Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS).
North American headquarters for Egemin are based in Holland, MI, with global headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium. Egemin Automation is part of the KION Group, a leading global intralogistics solutions provider comprising the brands of Linde, STILL, Fenwick, OM STILL, Baoli, Voltas, and Egemin Automation. The KION Group is headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, and is present in more than 100 countries, 23,500 employees, and sales of almost $5.7 billion.
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