Peter Production Planner must guarantee that AGVs arrive safely and fast at the machines. Therefore, he ensures that the navigation is not influenced by shadowed areas and that the maps (factory floor and radio maps), a kind of digital twin of the factory, are constantly updated. With these real-time maps, anomalies, such as a dropped load can be detected and also broken AGV can be identified and maintained/serviced remotely. In case of such an incident, other AGVs are automatically redirected. As the weight of the goods might exceed the maximum cargo capacity of an AGV, a virtual compound/platoon of AGVs is formed, that lets the AGVs cooperatively navigate through the factory. Furthermore, the AGVs are constantly monitoring for alarms, in which case they vacate the premises in a pre-planned manner to allow for unobstructed operations for the first responders.
To ensure a smooth transition from the AGV to the machines, where the goods are processed, a communication link between the goods and the machines is set up and the machines get their processing instructions. During the processing of the goods, the tags of the different components are combined so that the final product only has a single tag for identification and communication. In case of a machine outage, the production process is automatically rescheduled (to a spare machine, other processing step) and the AGVs are redirected accordingly.
Before the products are picked up by the AGVs, an automated, offloaded quality control ensures compliance with the high-quality standards of Peter and the KICK AG. The AGVs transport the products from the machines to an intermediate storage, where they are packed and stored. During the navigation of the AGVs, they are constantly monitored, which helps Peter Production Planner to predict AGV outage and consequently increase the efficiency/rentability of his production process. In addition, the AGVs also help to detect anomalies caused by jamming or some other unusual interference. A final security check ensures that the products and their surrounding boxes are not damaged before they are loaded by the AGVs onto the trucks.