Robotics has come a far way all thanks to the exponential advancement in science and technology. Audi has introduced robots that will help the company keep the cars in order at its plants. These robots are known as Ray and can carry out their tasks without affecting anyone else.
The two robots are basically part of the initiative that was taken at Audi’s Ingolstadt plant last month. According to the firm, these are robots allow for ‘testing systems for the intelligent factory of the future.’ They do this by taking cars from the production area to the storage. Ray can even have the cars sorted out into order based upon the shipping destinations, thus enabling the workers to actually load the cars onto the railway wagons with much convenience. Audi further added that it is looking into further applications of these robots.
Professor Dr. Huber Waltl, Board of management member for production said, “The autonomous transport of our automobiles could allow us to eliminate long walking distances for our employees and to improve the ergonomics of their work. Systems like this also have the potential to significantly increase the efficiency of our processes.”
The robots are being manufactured by Serva Transport Systems and are also being used for automated concierge service at Düsseldorf Airport located in Germany. The ones being used at Audi measure 20 x 10 ft. and come embedded with sensors that can identify the dimensions and position of a car. The car is then lifted via its wheels up to a height of 3.9 inches and then shifted to storage space that has been pre-determined by control software of system.
Ray robots can handle cars that have a length of up to 17.4 ft. These robots wait for a minimum number of cars to be brought to sorting area for same destination before transporting them to the shipping area.