IAMD – Integrated Automation, Motion & Drive
The investment of three years of work and EUR 4.5 million seems to have paid off. A system has been created that allows consistent digital recording of quality and status-related data in a delivery chain. Among other things, mobile sensors, 3D image processing, cloud platforms and digital services are used in this context, as one of the project partners, the Institute for Production and Logistics at Bremen University BIBA , reports. Creation of a prototype and tests in the automobile industry have already been successful. Now the partners in the SaSCh project (Digital Services for the Design of Agile Supply Chains), one of whom is Bosch, have developed a solution for the market. The project has been funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
While it certainly pays off from a commercial perspective to optimize monitoring of the supply chain, the political pressure to do so seems to have diminished for the time being. For months Federal Minister for Development Dr. Gerd Müller (CSU) had been lobbying for supply chain legislation that would ensure compliance with minimum standards in the supply chain. As reported in “Die Welt” , however, the federal government does not want to impose additional burdens on companies during the coronavirus crisis.
Generating tens of billions in revenue each year, Schneider Electric Industries SAS is a leading supplier in energy management and automation. More than 160,000 staff members help customers in over 100 countries manage their processes and the energy used for this purpose more securely, reliably, efficiently and sustainably – starting at the humble switch all the way through to complex systems. Drawing on its networked technology, Schneider Electric is positively determined to revolutionize industries, transform cities and ultimately enrich all our lives.
Localization technologies are increasingly used in industrial manufacturing. But because they are based on different wireless standards, they normally only work on their own. 60 manufacturers and IT specialists from around the world got together to solve this problem, including TRUMPF , Heidelberg Mobil , Xetics , SICK AG , Pepperl+Fuchs AG and the research institute CEA Leti : Together, they developed omlox , a new standard for localization technology. It connects localization technologies like ultra wideband (UWB), RFID, 5F and GPS and displays all location data with a uniform coordinate system.
The focus of the development was the networked factory, where ultra wideband has become established as a particularly robust wireless technology. It can be used by driverless transport systems to better calculate positions or to help drones navigate more easily. The new standard allows devices from different providers to be connected directly and to be combined with each other.
The omlox initiative is open to new partners. The long-term plan is that an independent organization will take over the further development of the standard in the future.
It goes without saying that this noble ambition calls for ingenious solutions that drive these processes forward. One shining example is the Schneider Electric Exchange business platform, which was unveiled at this year’s HANNOVER MESSE.
The world’s first cross-industry open ecosystem dedicated to solving real-world sustainability and efficiency challenges is designed to stimulate co-innovations by providing a platform for collaborating and sharing ideas among networked communities. The parties involved in this cooperation – suppliers, system integrators, startups, developers, OEMs, customers and distributors – have access to a gigantic pool of technical solutions and resources to develop, share and market digital and IoT innovations. “What differentiates Schneider Electric Exchange is that it brings together people from various industries and practical disciplines who share a passion for sustainability and efficiency, making it possible to collaborate and interact across ecosystems. While all content – IoT applications, software, data sets, analytics and tools – is available to everyone, we have focused on specific capabilities that fit the needs and expectations of each community,” says Hervé Coureil, Schneider Electric’s Chief Digital Officer.
DHL first made a name for itself as a manufacturer of electric delivery vehicles with the “Streetscooter”, developed in collaboration with StreetScooter GmbH and RWTH Aachen University. Now, the Bonn-based logistics company has hit the headlines with a large pre-order for vehicles from a global electromobility trendsetter. Hot on the heels of the launch of the new “Semi” eTruck by Tesla mastermind Elon Musk himself, DHL Supply Chain has placed an order for no less than ten of the innovative semi-trailer trucks. DHL plans to test their mileage efficiency and performance on longer runs once they are rolled out as expected in 2019. “At DHL Supply Chain, we’re always thinking beyond today’s shipment – whether that be tomorrow, next month or two years from now when these trucks become available,” says Jim Monkmeyer at DHL Supply Chain North America.
At a gross weight of 40 metric tons, Tesla calculates that a “Semi” truck operating in realistic conditions requires less than 2 kilowatt hours, equating to a cost per mile of just $1.26. This represents a saving of some 25 US cents per mile over diesel trucks on the basis of current electricity and diesel prices. Two different battery sizes are planned, for ranges of 480 and 800 kilometers respectively. The model with the smaller battery will be available for $150,000, and the model with the larger battery for $180,000. A luxury Founders Series model is also anticipated for $200,000.
The EVA Shuttle project’s mini-buses (the local public transportation system’s electric, connected and autonomous electric mini-buses) in Karlsruhe’s Weiherfeld-Dammerstock district will be tested under real conditions starting February 2020 – always with a safety driver and probably without passengers until the second half of 2020. The project partner ioki had previously analyzed the Karlsruhe city district in order to select the right route. The three basic vehicles from easyMile will be equipped with additional sensors and algorithms in this new test phase.
The non-profit FZI Research Center for Computer Science heading the project will provide, among other things, the algorithms making it possible to predict the behavior of other road users and the required reaction of the buses. The project consortium from the autonomous driving test field in Baden-Württemberg has already started to prepare the district for connected autonomous vehicles, including the creation of highly detailed maps and expansion of the transport infrastructure. The shuttles are expected to communicate with traffic lights in real time, allowing them to detect traffic light phases even without optical sensors.
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