Best product 2021 prize goes to KNAPP AG for at the LogiMAT for its ivii.smartdesk. It is an intelligent work station that digitalizes manual processes.
ivii.smartdesk work involves a zero error strategy and a 100 percent quality check for production as well as goods-in and goods-out. Moreover, the ivii.smartdesk is a great solution when it comes to the shortage of qualified personnel as it digitalizes expert knowledge.
A real-time feedback system is integrated into the ivii.smartdesk and monitors every work step. This provides a zero error strategy and end-to-end traceability for the assembly process.
Equipped with an image recognition and image processing system, the ivii.smartdesk is used in production as an assembly work station. All assembly work is supported by software.
Image processing and image recognition and technologies
The image recognition and image processing system records all the components required for assembly. Each work step is checked and validated. The next work step is only possible when the image processing system has confirmed the previous one as “OK”. This way, all components are assembled in the right sequence and quality. Thanks to the real-time feedback system, employees immediately receive feedback on the quality of the work step.
Monitors provide an optimal overview of the work in progress at the assembly work station. While one of the monitors displays the theoretical status of a product, the other monitor displays the actual camera image.
The various components need to be assembled so that the theoretical and actual images match each other. As soon as the assembly process has been completed, the employee presses a button to begin the final check by the feedback system.
One of the monitors shows the result to the employee. Green means that everything is OK, while red indicates that an error has occurred. The possible error is displayed on the monitor and can be corrected immediately by the employee. This is how error-free production becomes a reality.
Quality check at maximum
In the goods-in area, the ivii.smartdesk is used to check whether all the goods have been delivered to the warehouse in the correct quantities and quality. The delivery is documented and saved for the burden of proof later on. This not only saves time, but also lowers complaint costs.
In the goods-out area, the ivii.desk is used to check whether the right products are in the right container in the right quantity and quality. This application is perfectly suited for OEM suppliers in the automotive sector as the requirements in this industry are particularly high.
Focusing on people
The ivii.smartdesk supports people in their daily work. Employees work confidently, knowing that they are not making errors that are a hassle to correct later on. At the same time, the playful approach to the work steps – gamification – motivates employees, helping to establish a learning organization and increased employee satisfaction.
No need for barcodes to recognize items
The ivii.smartdesk recognizes items within split seconds without a conventional means of identification such as barcodes.
The ivii.smartdesk simply compares the item on the desk to data it has on characteristics for that article. Consequently, lengthy searches in catalogues are eliminated in both the goods-in and goods-out areas.
With the article number being displayed, the employee can rapidly and correctly match the articles. A helpful feature is that employees can teach the system new articles.
NEW StakPak Plus™ Adds Internal Volume to Popular Totes
ORBIS Launches StakPak Plus Totes™ for Unique-Sized Parts
ORBIS® Corporation, an international leader in reusable packaging, adds the improved StakPak Plus™ container to its suite of offerings for industrial and automotive applications. The StakPak Plus takes traditional StakPak containers and adds various collar sizes to increase a container’s height to accommodate unique-shaped parts commonly found in the automotive supply chain.
The StakPak Plus takes all the best attributes of the traditional StakPak container, including reusability and cost savings, and combines them with customized heights to increase container capacity.
“For more than 20 years, the StakPak container has helped automotive and industrial companies protect parts and optimize line-side assembly operations,” said Dylan Wilcox, product manager at ORBIS Corporation. “The StakPak Plus builds on that history in offering our customers a lightweight, sustainable and reusable solution that meets their supply chain’s evolving needs while reducing lead times associated with a custom tote.
Available in popular 32” x 15” and 24” x 15” footprints, StakPak Plus totes feature a permanent collar that adds height and internal volume. All StakPak Plus totes are fully compatible with existing totes in the industry. As with all StakPak totes, ORBIShield® foam, fabric and rigid dunnage can be designed for StakPak Plus containers to provide better pack density and part presentation.
Since the introduction of the StakPak container, it has evolved into an entire family of straight-wall modular containers designed for just-in-time applications for parts shipping, storage, work-in-process and line-side assembly operations. In fact, StakPak containers have traveled 25 billion trips in supply chains over the years. Like all ORBIS reusable packaging solutions, the StakPak Plus collar can be recovered, recycled and reprocessed right back into supply chain packaging.
Five sizes are available in the StakPak Plus family: PLUS2415-16; PLU2415-18; PLUS2415-21; PLUS3215-11 and PLUS3215-14.
Continuously operating spiral system (COSS) with water cooling by Gronemeyer
Continuously Operating Spiral System has always been corresponded with demand in which the products should be sprinkled with cold water and thus cooled faster. Finally, based on our proven COSS with circulating air cooling, we have realized a machine with water cooling. During the construction were not only the hygienic requirements taken into account. Only corrosion-free materials were also used. The drive technology is located outside the enclosure and the sensors are equipped with the highest possible protection.
The double towered COSS stands in a 4 m³ collecting tank. From this reservoir the cooling water is sucked in with a pump, filtered and cooled by a plate heat exchanger. A float switch provides the right amount of water. Via the internal piping the volume flow is evenly distributed in the system over approximated 350 nozzles. During the run the hot products are sprayed with cold water through the nozzles arranged parallel to the chain course.
The enclosure of the machine ensures that no splash water or spray mist penetrates to the outside. It is designed by the combination of VA-sheet and macrolon in such a way that you can look well into the inside of the cooler from the outside.
The number and arrangement of the individual door segments is chosen in such a way that a intervention on all sides of the system is without any tool possible.
After the wet cooling process the product is dried on the system mat chain by an Airknife. The residual water runs back into circulation.
Types and Applications of Autonomous Mobile Robots (1)
Types of autonomous mobile robots vary according to applications. The past few decades have brought monumental changes to the world of order fulfillment and material handling. From rising labor costs to a shrinking pool of qualified workers to increased pressure of next, same day, and two hour delivery—today’s order fulfillment operations have a lot of new challenges to conquer.
Embracing new technologies, processes, and procedures has always been an important piece of the puzzle for distribution operations, who must regularly modernize and adapt to remain competitive and profitable in this new reality. But with available technologies expanding as rapidly as they currently are, it can be difficult to know exactly which automation solutions make the most sense for your needs.
The field of warehouse robotics, especially, has a lot to offer when it comes to automation technology that can be used to increase productivity and efficiency. Though certain types of warehouse robots—such as AGVs, AS/RS, and others—have already been around for years, many warehouse managers are finding themselves wondering about a new entrant to the marketplace: Autonomous Mobile Robots, also known as AMRs.
What are Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs)?
Broadly speaking, an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) is any robot that can understand and move through its environment without being overseen directly by an operator or on a fixed predetermined path. AMRs have an array of sophisticated sensors that enable them to understand and interpret their environment, which helps them to perform their task in the most efficient manner and path possible, navigating around fixed obstructions (building, racks, work stations, etc.) and variable obstructions (such as people, lift trucks, and debris).
Though similar in many ways to automated guided vehicles (AGVs), AMRs differ in a number of important ways. The greatest of these differences is flexibility: AGVs must follow much more rigid, preset routes than AMRs. Autonomous mobile robots find the most efficient route to achieve each task, and are designed to work collaboratively with operators such as picking and sortation operations, whereas AGVs typically do not.
In a warehouse and distribution center environment, these sophisticated technologies are integrated with the warehouse’s control systems, which allow AMRs increased flexibility to create their own routes between locations within a warehouse or facility. The end result is a robot that is much better able to work with humans within the dynamic environment offered by most order fulfillment operations.
Autonomous mobile robots make processes and workflows more efficient and productive. This is typically achieved by performing non-value added tasks—such as transporting, picking up, and dropping off product—in order to free up laborers to perform other tasks that add value to the product/operation—like picking, checking, or packing an order.
Types of Autonomous Mobile Robots
Although they are still a relatively young technology, AMRs have already branched off into a number of distinct varieties, each of which is better suited to perform a specific type of action.
For this reason, when discussions about AMRs take place, they tend to be focused on the application that the technology is meant to perform, rather than a particular name or model.
Typically, AMRs can be split into three (3) broad buckets:
- AMRs that move inventory within a facility
- AMRs that assist in the picking process
- AMRs that are a flexible sortation solution
Below, we discuss the different types of AMRs available to perform each of these actions, in order to help you better understand which type might be able to help improve your operation.
AMRs that Transport Inventory and Product
Transporting inventory and product from one place to another within a facility is, typically, a low-skill task that adds little or no value to the product or operation. As such, it is often one of the first tasks to be automated when an operation decides it is warranted. Automating product transportation means that workers can stay in their primary work area in order to perform other, more valuable tasks while these types of work is brought to and taken away from them with AMRs.In the past, when an operation wanted to automate the transport of product within a facility, the main options available were forklifts, conveyor and AGVs. While effective, these options are typically labor, floor space, and capital-intensive.
Today, there are a range of AMRs specifically designed to fill the efficiency gap in functionality. Instead of working with only large and heavy loads, they are designed to pick up and drop off individual cases and totes and items.
Exactly how these types of systems operate will depend on the exact AMR model.
AMRs That Assist in Picking
Order picking is one of the costliest tasks performed within an operation—not because it requires a high level of training or skill (it can), but because it is extremely time-consuming. In fact, physically walking from location to location within a facility can account for up to 75% of the time associated with picking.
When it comes to complementing your pick operation with AMRs, you have many different options at your disposal. The most common include:
- AMRs used in order picking
- AMRs that act as a flexible sortation solution
- AMRs that increase inventory visibility
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