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mR MOBILE ROBOTS : PROOF OF PERFORMANCE

ROBOTIZE GOPAL E24 FLEET AT CLAAS INDUSTRIETECHNIK


The subsidiary of the international agricultural machinery manufacturer CLAAS relied on the specialized integrator mR MOBILE ROBOTS and an AMR fleet from Robotize to automate its intralogistics. The full story, all the background, facts and the complete Performance Case as a video.

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Increased Efficiency of Operational Workflows at CLAAS Industrietechnik Thanks to Autonomous Intralogistics Solutions by Integrator mR MOBILE ROBOTS & Robotize AMR

mR MOBILE ROBOTS & Robotize Automate In-House Transport in Paderborn
Robotize GoPal E24 Fleet Performs 500 Individual Missions and 90 km Distance per Day

CLAAS Industrietechnik Enables Employees to Focus Clearly on Higher-Value Tasks

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The Customer


CLAAS Industrietechnik in Paderborn, East Westphalia, is a subsidiary of the renowned international agricultural machinery manufacturer CLAAS in Harsewinkel. With more than 600 employees, CLAAS Industrietechnik has been developing and producing a wide range of drive technology and hydraulic systems for CLAAS machines and external customers since 1957.

 

As a "company within the company", CLAAS Industrietechnik is responsible for axles, transmissions, corn crackers as well as hydraulic and electrical components. One particularly innovative product range is the continuously variable transmission variants developed in-house for CLAAS tractors and the TERRA TRAC crawler tracks for CLAAS combine harvesters and forage harvesters. In order to provide their employees with the best possible support in their tasks for the various assemblies, the company has always focussed on suitable technological solutions in production. The result: A well-known consistently high CLAAS product quality.


The Challenge


In 2020, the AGV & AMR Integrator mR MOBILE ROBOTS was initially commissioned with a Robotize GoPal test installation in the Paderborn production facility with the aim of automating the internal transport of goods carriers to increase efficiency. With an autonomous mobile robot, a loading station and four pallet stations, the initial goal was to find out whether the selected AMR could be operated smoothly under the prevailing challenging environmental conditions in the production hall. Particular system challenges included an uneven floor and narrow lanes with a relatively high volume of people and equipment traffic, but chips on the floor and oily air from the processing machines also put a strain on the system.

 

As approx. 70 per cent of all transports - special goods carriers such as pallet cages - initially lead from the individual processing centres to a central parts washing system, a major logistical challenge was to ensure orderly traffic management for a smooth workflow and error-free processing of the autonomous missions. As a precondition for this, some details had to be given special consideration; for example, it had to be ensured that transport containers were always correctly aligned for handling.

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Project preparation (testing with verification of system requirements / device selection) & project start

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Process "Central parts washing plant" & special features/requirements (I); storage concept

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Process "Central parts washing plant" & special features/requirements (II); "Chip removal" process

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Results & key project added value by means of customized intralogistics automation

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System security: Collaborative interactions with employees & technical solutions for specific systemic interactions with the existing production environment

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Summary & final reasons for selecting the Robotize AMR / Technical development during the project / Status quo & outlook

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The Project


After a two-month "trial run", the final decision was made in favour of the compact Robotize GoPal E24 model series with a maximum payload of 1,000 kg and a maximum speed of 2 m/s. A fleet of six devices has now been successively installed by mR MOBILE ROBOTS.

 

The integrator also equipped several machining centres and a large area in front of the central parts washing system with pallet stations; the total number of these in production was increased to 150 by spring 2023. During the process, a delivery station was integrated into the washing system in such a way that the Robotize AMRs can enter here individually, the transport goods delivered by them are removed fully automatically and fed into the washing process. Empty goods carriers are also returned to the processing centre autonomously. A worker places the washed parts, which have been removed manually with crane support, into correctly aligned mesh boxes delivered by the Robotize AMR. Positioning for filling is ensured by a SICK camera system that communicates with the Robotize fleet. The GoPal E24 then transports the pallet cages temporarily to the high-bay warehouse, only to collect them from there again at the start of the next processing step.

 

In addition to these central processes, mR MOBILE ROBOTS also fully automated the removal of chips and the repositioning of empty waste containers at the processing stations with the AMR Robotize GoPal E24.

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Added Value for the Customer


By integrating the Robotize fleet into a production facility that had grown historically in terms of processes and was therefore very cramped in terms of space, it was possible to significantly increase operational efficiency - without major interventions in the existing work processes or far-reaching infrastructural adjustments - through the direct removal of filled pallet cages and goods carriers. Before automation, the parts regularly remained in the production hall until the next processing step, but now there is adequate space available for productive activities at workstations that are always tidy and the workflow for employees has been significantly improved.

 

By integrating the Robotize fleet into a production facility that had grown historically in terms of processes and was therefore very cramped in terms of space, it was possible to significantly increase operational efficiency - without major interventions in the existing work processes or far-reaching infrastructural adjustments - through the direct removal of filled pallet cages and goods carriers. Before automation, the parts regularly remained in the production hall until the next processing step, but now there is adequate space available for productive activities at workstations that are always tidy and the workflow for employees has been significantly improved.

 

Collaborative safety at the interfaces between humans and robots is ensured at all times in all processes. Based on the Robotize onboard proximity sensors and laser scanners, the Robotize AMRs adjust their speed according to the situation and slow down to a stop when the paths become narrower or when they approach people, forklift trucks and other obstacles. In the event of path blockages, the individual devices are able to search for the most suitable alternative routes to continue the current mission based on a careful mapping of the factory floor during the installation process.

Communication has also been conveniently designed so that employees can initiate a robot mission by simply pressing a call button at their workstation, thereby initiating a collection or delivery order. Clear digital status displays on various end devices ensure maximum transparency and a complete overview. The communication of the robots with the production environment has also been solved in detail during integration by mR MOBILE ROBOTS. Gates, for example, can be controlled by the Robotize devices via I-O-Boxes and opened automatically by a corresponding signal if they do not open under sensor control for operational reasons. Based on the I-O-Boxes, the robots also trigger visual signals - such as warning or information signals - as required
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Outlook


The significantly improved overall efficiency of the Robotize GoPal AMR system will be further enhanced in the future thanks to the close cooperation between the integrator mR MOBILE ROBOTS and the Danish AMR manufacturer. The knowledge gained from the fleet project at CLAAS Industrietechnik will flow directly into the manufacturer's further developments. Conversely, software adaptations and updates are regularly available to the integration partner and the customer. On the hardware side, CLAAS Industrietechnik and mR MOBILE ROBOTS are already planning an expansion of the autonomous system, into which, for example, a pallet magazine for the Robotize GoPal devices will be integrated in the short term.

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Further information on the Robotize AMR series:

Robotize GoPal

Further information on test installations by mR MOBILE ROBOTS:

AMR / AGV Test Installation

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Typical Sectors & Industries
for the Use of the Robotize GoPal


 

• Automotive

• Mechanical Engineering

• Logistics

• Electronics

• Filtration Industry

Foam Industry

Foodstuff

• Medical Technology

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