From 14 to 16 March, Stuttgart hosted one of the biggest intralogistics trade fairs in Europe. At this year’s exhibition TPV presented its innovative solutions for comprehensive automation of internal logistics. Visitors were mostly attracted to our exhibition stand by our innovative automated guided vehicle (AGV) TPV Optimatik160, which attracted great attention with its height (it is one of the lowests AGVs on the market) and applicability thanks to its wide array of functions and its autonomy.
TPV Optimatik160 has a height of only 160 milimeters. Its height and width are adapted to dimensions of industrial trolleys which is a unique solution on the market. The vehicles are guided by a magnetic tape and provide an autonomous supply to workstations. This solution improves ergonomics of workstations, reduces number of accidents and creates fewer emissions and less noise. The vehicle can operate 24 hours a day and when not active, the battery charging takes place. It is controlled by the central control system developed in cooperation with the software company IKU. The system is composed of modules for traffic management of large vehicles, interaction with other parts of automation, signalisation, control and error management, and information and advanced planning and scheduling. This approach offers a comprehensive system built on modular and open source solutions and therefore enables simple upgrades.
In TPV, all solutions were first implemented and tested in our own production process. Extremely positive effects, increased efficiency and reliability in process supply have been demonstrated. ROI has been far below one year.
At the LogiMAT trade fair, TPV’s Automatization team made more than 60 interviews with potential customers including some renowned companies like Daimler, Audi, BMW, VW, MAHLE, GKN, Faurecia, Porsche, Tesco, Draxlmaier, Zeiss, GM, Wurth, Michelin, BSH and others. The team received several requests for studies of internal logistics and more elaborate offers. Visitors’ responses to our exhibition stand show that our solutions are taking us on the right path and our participation at the LogiMAT trade fair was the right decision raising expectations for positive sales effects.