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Audi AG, a famous German automobile manufacturer with its headquarters in Ingolstadt has a vision to convert its plant into an intelligent factory with autonomous robots to be used for parking cars. The pilot project consisting of two “Ray” robots, is in its testing phase.
The car maker says it is “testing systems for the intelligent factory of the future” and the Ray robots are contributing to this by independently moving cars from a production area of the factory to a temporary storage area.
Some of the advantages obtained from the use of these robots in the future are:
- Clearing the area from spare cars will reduce workplace hazards with improved housekeeping resulting into increased productivity.
- The robots will be able to function without hindering any other task.
- The robots will also sort the cars according to their shipping destinations which will reduce the time required for loading them onto railway wagons for transport.
- Overall increase in efficiency of the processes.
- Parks the cars with efficient use of space.
Additionally, the company is trying to explore other potential benefits as well according to a member of management board for production at Audi AG, Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, who said: “The autonomous transport of our automobiles could allow us to eliminate long walking distances for our employees and to improve the ergonomics of their work”.
The Ray robots have high mobility and flexibility. It`s frame (3m x 6m) is equipped with sensors which enables the robot`s adjustment to the position and dimension of the car. The robot then lifts the car up to 10cms and with the help of a control software parks it on the desired temporary storage area. When sufficient number of cars are sorted out in the area, the robot moves them for shipment.