Virtual coupling for logistic cart

Reference number
Coordinator FlexQube Europe AB - FlexQube
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 130 000
Project duration March 2019 - September 2020
Status Ongoing
Venture Innovationsprojekt i företag 2018
Call Innovationsprojekt i företag - hösten 2018

Purpose and goal

The target with the project is to develop a virtual tow bar for industrial carts. The result of the development aims to replace regular tow bars to connect industrial carts into a train. The FlexQube carts are equipped with electrical motors in order to make them self-driving. The virtual coupling enables the carts to follow an optical pattern that is projected on the factory floor, or run in long platoons without a physical connection between the carts. The aim with the developed concept is to significantly improve both flexibility and efficiency compared to existing solutions.

Expected results and effects

The project will deliver a prototype of a cart equipped with a virtual tow bar. The prototype will be demonstrated and evaluated in a real factory environment. Further the project will evaluate and define the main technologies and solutions in order to fulfill functional and financial requirements. Further the project shall confirm that the expected customer values will be achieved, such as increased flexibility, reduced manual operations and improved ergonomics.

Planned approach and implementation

The project will be executed in three different work packages. Package 1: Projection of optical pattern Concept generation, review and decision about feasible technology to project the optical pattern on the factory floor. Package 2: Reading and processing of the optical pattern Concept generation, review and decision about feasible technology to read the optical pattern on the factory floor. and translate this data into motion of the carts motors. Package 3 Test and verification Work package 1 and 2 is implemented on existing FlexQube eQart and is evaluated to reach a proof of concept.

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Last updated 1 April 2020

Reference number 2018-05063

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