AMRs, the easiest path to achieving automation goals.
Forvia, one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, completes a successful AMR installation at its factory in Paraná, Brazil.
Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) are rapidly becoming adopted in industries around the world. Companies are seeking to implement innovative technologies that not only enhance productivity but also reduce workplace risks.
Overcoming limitations of manual Forklifts
Before embarking on the process automation, Forvia used manually driven tractors to move parts on trolleys from its warehouse to production lines. It looked to an AMRs solution for its inbound material logistics processes.
With heavy materials and busy production lines, transporting parts to the right areas was becoming complicated. The tractors were also operating in areas where personnel were working, which presented a safety risk. The risk of accidents, lack of process agility, and the need for increased human interaction were limitations that hindered workflow.
AMR Revival: Successful trial with K11P model
Forvia had previously embarked on an AGV installation but found that the machines were too complex and operated at the limits of their load specification. This way Forvia was naturally skeptical based on its previous experiences.
A trial was implemented for testing the K11P AMR using a demonstration model making it clear that AMRs were there to support their work rather than replace workers.
One of the most notable aspects of implementing Kivnon AMRs was their Ease of Use and Flexibility.
- Thanks to the intuitive application and built-in tags, Forvia Brasil Quatro Barras’ internal team could modify parameters and make adjustments without constantly relying on external technical support.
- Not only saving valuable time but also granting the company greater control over their processes.
In addition to their simplicity and flexibility, Kivnon AMRs impressed with their Robustness and Towing Capacity.
- Especially valuable features in a production environment where handling loads is a crucial part.
- Automating a significant portion of the process enabling strategic human interaction on it.
Results that speak for themselves
Two new AMRs were installed and tested in the “inbound” logistics area. Personnel in the warehouse prepare trolleys and a conveyor train ready for transportation.
They select which aisle the AMRs needs to deliver to and prepare another train in a different area.
“Working daily with the AGVs is a very straightforward and practical thing,” advises Taimo Luiz Cordeiro Fracaro, one of Forvia’s logistics operators.
The installed AMRs are designed to handle heavy loads (up to 3t) and for safety and simplicity. They use line-following navigation and automatically stop if a person or obstacle is in the way.
At the end, the combination of AMRs’ simplicity, flexibility, robustness, and towing capacity has led to a significant transformation in operational efficiency and safety. Automation and strategic collaboration between humans and technology emerge as the path to sustainable success in the modern business world.