CLEVER FAC­TORY ROBOT

Car (South Africa) - - TECH -

Au­ton­o­mous driv­ing has reached the fac­tory oor. Audi show­cased its au­to­mated goods ve­hi­cle (AGV) at its Sum­mit meet­ing ear­lier this year that de­liv­ers parts to assem­bly sta­tions. Pre­vi­ously, fac­tory work­ers had to push trol­lies loaded with com­po­nents to the ve­hi­cle-assem­bly line. The next so­lu­tion was to use ro­bots that could fol­low a mag­netic strip on the assem­bly line oor to de­liver a parts trol­ley. The lat­est AGV em­ploys a cam­era and can recog­nise key lo­ca­tions in the assem­bly plant, just as a hu­man would.

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