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Intelligent Driveless forklift trucks obey word commands

“Pick pallet of sugar from the 5th shell and put it close to register”. A team of researchers has developed an intelligent forklifts, similar to obey like a dog on language and gestures of his master. In addition the reach truck can move freely without leading technology in the floor in the warehouse. To see this truck at the Hanover fair in April all you need is to take your wallet, because there is no chance you wont take this technology home.

Much has been reported about that on the streets in the Google autonomous car from Mountain View, California. The forklift in the warehouses of global logistics in the series. You should in future not only autonomously roll halls, but respond to language and gestures. A corresponding technology study will be on the 2016 to marvel at Hannover Messe.

If the truck driver to his truck, for example, says: “Keep this palette in shelf 3”, the vehicle is not only the significant words, but also the accompanying gestures. Confidently recognize, on which of the many pallets shows his forklift leader just when speaking.

Stacker is focused in the room like a man

And then the truck done completely independently the tasks conferred on him. The intelligent forklifts captures its surroundings with the help of 3D cameras and is based in the warehouse in principle like a human being: he remembers striking points in space. If the environment changes, because, for example, a shelf to the page has been moved, detects this the truck and it adapts his actions. He is able to move freely in the area of the warehouse.

Accounts for investments in management technology

In contrast to previous driverless transport systems, required on the Hanover fair presented no ways, possibly in the form of magnetic sensors or guide lines on the ground dictated stacker.

The forklift truck of the future keeps track of striking points in space. If the environment changes, the truck will recognize this and reacts accordingly depends on geometry around. Photo: Ralf Büchler
The forklift truck of the future keeps track of striking points in space. If the environment changes, the truck will recognize this and reacts accordingly depends on geometry around. Photo: Ralf Büchler

And that makes a big difference: because the investments in leading technology accounts for. So, the new technology for small and medium-sized companies will be interesting.

There are the intelligent stacker not to buy

The technology study on the future of the warehouse logistics is a joint research project of the Institute for integrated production of Hanover (iPH) and of Jungheinrich AG with the Basler AG, the Götting KG and the Institute of computer science of the University of Lübeck (ITI). The research results to the gesture and voice control will be presented by forklift vehicles at the community booth of the State of Lower Saxony in Hall 2, stand A08.

If you want to buy it, there are no unit for sell yet. Reachtruck

The automation in logistics aims to significantly accelerate the processes in the warehousing and picking of goods. So far the gripper works according to the scheme, get pause, exit, package and upgrade put on the pallet, back and go to the next stop position. Detailed analysis of this work schemes have shown: half of the time is on the go and on the positioning of the truck.

A hook is 25 km per shift

And here the processes can be significantly improved through automation. The investigations have shown: on average, 25,000 steps come together each layer at a speed of 5 km/h the gripper’s off 25 km on the shelves. That should change by automation, because in the globalized world logistics and warehousing are becoming increasingly important.