In Factory - Cellular Transport Systems
The increasing individualisation and customer-specific adaptations of products influence the entire production chain, which significantly increases the demands on production facilities. The sequence of production steps and the topology of a production plant are no longer necessarily rigid, but have to adapt flexibly to changing tasks. The current intralogistic systems can not keep up with the constant changes that come with increasing individualization.
The project InFa-CTS, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, addresses this issue. The main components of the project are environment-based indoor navigation methods and the use of service-based architecture patterns in highly distributed dynamic systems. Cellular transport vehicles with multi-agent systems are organized as a specialized group and equipped with swarm intelligence. This enables free navigation between work and assembly stations in production plants and guarantees the necessary flexibility of the manufacturing systems.