Since 2017, Fraunhofer IPA has been supporting the BMW Group in the largest automation project in the company’s history with a navigation solution for its AMR, the Smart Transport Robot. This fruitful collaboration has resulted in spin-offs from both companies – IDEALworks GmbH, which also offers the AMR outside the automotive giant, and NODE Robotics GmbH, which commercializes Fraunhofer’s navigation solution with NODE.EDGE. As of today, several dozen AMR with the NODE.EDGE solution are in productive operation in various BMW plants – several hundred with great scaling potential will follow in the next few years. In close cooperation with the BMW Group and other project partners, NODE.EDGE has been optimally adapted to the requirements in automotive production and the deployment on the AMR. Configuration and commissioning of new AMRs is straightforward thanks to the plug&play capabilities of NODE.EDGE. The NODE Robotics support team is available with extremely short response times thanks to remote access.
The technological forerunner of the software solution for autonomous navigation was already successfully deployed in automotive production with the company Bär Automation in 2015. Since then, 23 vehicles of Bär Automation have been running in single-shift operation in the final assembly of passenger cars with an availability that is customary in the industry. Since then, the NODE.EDGE has been continuously developed technologically while maintaining the availability requirements.
Japanese automotive supplier DENSO relies on Cloud Robotics for the management of multi-vendor fleets. The team of NODE Robotics and Fraunhofer IPA is working closely with DENSO to develop the optimal combination of NODE.SRVS.