Automates Transport • Regulates Access • Optimizes Processes
Eberle’s driverless transport solution – FTL controls autonomous transport robots and thus automates transport tasks in intralogistics. FTL enables automatic communication between transport robots, building infrastructure, manufacturing facilities such as machinery and equipment, and enterprise resource planning (ERP).
FTL increases the range of driverless transport robots. Through dynamic transport orders, FTL controls the optimal utilization of the entire fleet. As a control program, the FTL management system guarantees a secure and stable flow in the transport chain and automatically controls transport jobs, processing and access authorizations of the robots in individual areas.
FTL (Fahrerlose Transport Lösung) - Driverless Transport Solution
Autonomous Driverless Transport Systems
Autonomously navigating transport robots form the basis of every FTL solution. These are able to independently orient themselves based on surrounding structures and detect obstacles in the way via the integrated sensors. The transport robots independently calculate their position and automatically plan a route to the destination. They relieve employees and make intralogistics efficient and highly available.
FTL Clears the Way
Although autonomous transport robots navigate independently, their standard versions cannot overcome any structural obstacles like locks, doors, gates or elevators. For communication between the robot and such barriers, a higher-level management system is needed, which, for example, opens doors and controls access.
Eberle’s driverless transport solution – FTL establishes communication between the transport robot and construction barriers. FTL thus increases the range of transport robots across passage ways, entrances and floors.
Automated Material Flow
During loading and unloading of machines, FTL provides the interface for automated chaining of material flow controls. When reaching a batch size, for example, the machine transmits an order to the FTL system to remove the goods. The system checks which transport robot from the fleet is available in close proximity and forwards the pick-up order to it.
FTL ensures smooth transport, avoids congestion and guarantees continuous availability of material on the machine. As a result, FTL increases the degree of autonomy of plants. The integrated and automatic data recording makes transport processes transparent and comprehensible.
MCC – Requesting Robots on a Mobile Basis
Combined with the Mobile Control Center – MCC, FTL offers the possibility to request a transport robot via mobile devices to manual workstations or in case of sporadically needed transports. For example, an employee may use the web application MCC on a mobile phone to specify the pick-up position and route. FTL receives the transport order and organizes the removal.
FTL makes transport robots flexible and guarantees optimized material flow at the workplace. Automated delivery and removal relieve the employees and create resources for the staff’s core tasks.
Vertical Integration for FTL
The IoT platform Mobile Control Center – MCC links the driverless transport solution FTL with enterprise resource planning (ERP). On the one hand, the MCC serves as a data interface between ERP and FTL and on the other also enables manual entry of transport requests. The MCC takes over the operational robot data from FTL and stores it continuously and permanently for production data acquisition. Throughout the company, information about transport requests, status, maintenance information, etc. is available at any time via the web application MCC.
MCC and FTL automate intralogistics starting from the top corporate level. Transport tasks are thus transparent throughout and, for example, directly linked to order management. Transport processes in intralogistics become traceable at any time.
Practical applications for FTL, FTS and MCC. FTL manages the automatic removal of material as well as navigation across several floors and the outside company premises.