On-demand forklift hailing system for Intralogistics 4.0
In: Procedia Computer Science
The shift to I4.0 is happening. While large companies have a range of solutions to implement that change, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) fall short on solutions tailored for their specific needs. To support SMEs in their transformation toward I4.0, we propose a lightweight system to hail forklifts in a production facility of a medium-sized enterprise.
Existing shop floor workflows are implemented within the system and allow machine operators to hail forklift drivers using an embedded or a web-based client. Forklift drivers receive driving instructions on their smartphones. Shift managers can monitor intralogistic activities on a dashboard. Management can extract relevant production and forklift KPIs from the system.
In a two-week evaluation phase, we installed our system in a production facility for injection moulded plastic parts. We equipped 12 machines and two forklifts and registered a total of 690 jobs. We found half of the jobs were picked up in 4:05 min and 80% of all jobs were completed in less than 40:02 min.