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Self-organization of changeable intralogistics systems at the ESB Logistics Learning Factory

  • The persistent development towards decreasing batch sizes due to an ongoing product individualization, as well as increasingly dynamic market and competitive conditions lead to new changeability requirements in production environments. Since each of the individualized products mgith require different base materials or components and manufacturing resources, the paths of the products giong through the factory as well as the required internal transport and material supply processes are going to differ for every product. Conventional planning and control systems, which rely on predifined processes and central decision-making, are not capable to deal with the arising system's complexity along the dimensions of changing goods, layouts and throughput requirements. The concepts of "self-organization" in combination with "autonomous ocntrol" provide promising solutions to solve these new requirements by using among other things the potential of autonomous, decentralized and target-optimized logistical objects (e.g. smart products, bins and conveyor systems) wich are able to communicate and interact with each other as well as with human wokers. To investigate the potential of automation and human-robot collaboration for intralogistics, a research project for the development of a collaborative tugger train has been started at the ESB Logistics Learning Factory in lin with various student projects in neighboring research areas. This collaboraive tugger train system in combination with other manual (e.g. handcarts) and (semi-) automated conveyoer systems (e.g. automated guided forklift) will be integrated into a dynamic, self-organized scenario with varying production batch sizes to develop a method for target-oriented sefl-organization and autonomous control of intralogistics systems. For a structured investigation of self-organized scenarios a generic intralogistics model as well as a criteria cataloghe has been developed. The ESB Logistics Learning will serve as a practice-oriented research, validation and demonstration environment for these purposes.

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Author of HS ReutlingenSchuhmacher, Jan; Hummel, Vera
Erschienen in:Procedia manufacturing
Place of publication:Amsterdam
Editor:Christoph Herrmann
Document Type:Journal article
Publication year:2019
Tag:autonomous control; intralogistics; learning factory; self-organization
Page Number:6
First Page:194
Last Page:199
DDC classes:670 Industrielle und handwerkliche Fertigung
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International