A manufacturing plant operated by carmaker Chery has introduced autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to enhance the site’s advanced manufacturing capabilities and streamline intralogistics operations.
The carmaker hopes the AMRs will enable improved efficiency in the assembly of vehicles, with this ‘super factory’ being one of the company’s first sites to adopt vision-based AMRs for automated material movement in the assembly workshop.
The AMRs will form the first stage of a larger automation rollout, with more than 100 AMRs being integrated with the factory’s Logistics Execution Systems (LES) software to support autonomous material movement across production lines.
AMR solutions, supplied by robotics firm ForwardX, will transport materials from the staging area to designated workstations.
The company has also supplied autonomous tugger AMRs to carry goods to line-side workstations, with autonomous forklifts being deployed for the chassis-line process.
According to a company statement, the Chery ‘super factory’ has reduced the logistics cost per vehicle by 10% since introducing robotics at the site.
What’s more, the system has reportedly kept the line-side over-supply rate below 15% and the assembly error rate at below two per thousand vehicles.
The factory added that this has helped minimise downtime and disruption, resulted in a 200% growth in productivity.
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