Smart Transport Robot - Machines and Facilities

The "Smart Transport Robot" (STR) is an innovative driverless transport system (FTS) developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML together with the BMW Group within the framework of the "BMW Enterprise Lab for Flexible Logistics". The STR is able to transport autonomous parts autonomously and is the first driverless trans- port vehicle (FTF) in which components from the automotive sector are installed. This allows synergy effects to be exploited and the automotive manufacturer can easily and cost-effectively go into the production phase following the development phase.

In less than four months the scientists together with the experts from the BMW Group worked out the complete concept and implemented it until the first prototype. A special challenge in the design was the small size given by the dimensions of the containers to be transported and at the same time the lowest possible weight. With a weight of only 135 kg loads, the transportable robot can lift, transport and settle loads of up to 550 kg. It moves freely in space and uses a hybrid locating system of odometry and radio transmitters for its positioning. On his own he finds the optimal way to the destination of the goods and loads them there independently. No floor installations are necessary. He recognizes people and other vehicles by means of built-in safety sensors, which stop the robot along with its heavy load and / or avoid obstacles. The STR is used, among other things, to transport truck-mounted roller coasters loaded with autotransfers from the picking stations' logistics center to the respective production site in the logistics of the automobile manufacturer. To ensure just-in-time delivery, the STRs work together as a highly flexible system.

The "Smart Transport Robot" (STR) is an innovative driverless transport system (FTS) developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML together with the BMW Group within the framework of the "BMW Enterprise Lab for Flexible Logistics". The STR is able to transport autonomous parts autonomously and is the first driverless trans- port vehicle (FTF) in which components from the automotive sector are installed. This allows synergy effects to be exploited and the automotive manufacturer can easily and cost-effectively go into the production phase following the development phase. In less than four months the scientists together with the experts from the BMW Group worked out the complete concept and implemented it until the first prototype. A special challenge in the design was the small size given by the dimensions of the containers to be transported and at the same time the lowest possible weight. With a weight of only 135 kg loads, the transportable robot can lift, transport and settle loads of up to 550 kg. It moves freely in space and uses a hybrid locating system of odometry and radio transmitters for its positioning. On his own he finds the optimal way to the destination of the goods and loads them there independently. No floor installations are necessary. He recognizes people and other vehicles by means of built-in safety sensors, which stop the robot along with its heavy load and / or avoid obstacles. The STR is used, among other things, to transport truck-mounted roller coasters loaded with autotransfers from the picking stations' logistics center to the respective production site in the logistics of the automobile manufacturer. To ensure just-in-time delivery, the STRs work together as a highly flexible system.
The "Smart Transport Robot" (STR) is an innovative driverless transport system (FTS) developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML together with the BMW Group within the framework of the "BMW Enterprise Lab for Flexible Logistics". The STR is able to transport autonomous parts autonomously and is the first driverless trans- port vehicle (FTF) in which components from the automotive sector are installed. This allows synergy effects to be exploited and the automotive manufacturer can easily and cost-effectively go into the production phase following the development phase. In less than four months the scientists together with the experts from the BMW Group worked out the complete concept and implemented it until the first prototype. A special challenge in the design was the small size given by the dimensions of the containers to be transported and at the same time the lowest possible weight. With a weight of only 135 kg loads, the transportable robot can lift, transport and settle loads of up to 550 kg. It moves freely in space and uses a hybrid locating system of odometry and radio transmitters for its positioning. On his own he finds the optimal way to the destination of the goods and loads them there independently. No floor installations are necessary. He recognizes people and other vehicles by means of built-in safety sensors, which stop the robot along with its heavy load and / or avoid obstacles. The STR is used, among other things, to transport truck-mounted roller coasters loaded with autotransfers from the picking stations' logistics center to the respective production site in the logistics of the automobile manufacturer. To ensure just-in-time delivery, the STRs work together as a highly flexible system.
The "Smart Transport Robot" (STR) is an innovative driverless transport system (FTS) developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML together with the BMW Group within the framework of the "BMW Enterprise Lab for Flexible Logistics". The STR is able to transport autonomous parts autonomously and is the first driverless trans- port vehicle (FTF) in which components from the automotive sector are installed. This allows synergy effects to be exploited and the automotive manufacturer can easily and cost-effectively go into the production phase following the development phase.
The "Smart Transport Robot" (STR) is an innovative driverless transport system (FTS) developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML together with the BMW Group within the framework of the "BMW Enterprise Lab for Flexible Logistics". The STR is able to transport autonomous parts autonomously and is the first driverless trans- port vehicle (FTF) in which components from the automotive sector are installed. This allows synergy effects to be exploited and the automotive manufacturer can easily and cost-effectively go into the production phase following the development phase.