Regarding the problems of disorderly storage of goods, heavy production tasks, difficulties in dense storage, and high management costs in a liquor packaging factory warehouse, Multiway Robotics has provided a traditional forklift unmanned transformation solution that meets its specific needs. This solution replaces the traditional manual operation mode, saves management costs, and achieves the automation and intelligence upgrade of the warehouse logistics.
1. Accelerating the Pace of Industrial Automation through Smart Factory Construction
In recent years, as the manufacturing industry has been accelerating its upgrade and transformation, an increasing number of companies have begun exploring smart factory initiatives. As the core component of smart factories, intelligent logistics systems have witnessed a rapid growth in market demand. Intelligent logistics is gradually focusing on areas such as storage, distribution, express delivery, and smart manufacturing. Due to economic factors and a decline in available labor, many companies face challenges such as labor shortages, high costs, and limitations in on-site project deployment. These factors further drive companies to expedite the pace of replacing humans with machines, initiating intelligent reforms and smart factory construction. Many enterprises have come to realize the importance and necessity of automated logistics equipment, such as unmanned forklifts, in the field of industrial logistics.
2. Retrofitting Manual Forklifts for Intelligent Warehouse Upgrades
Multiway Robotics is a leading intelligent intralogistics solution provider. By optimizing efficiency and cost-effectiveness, the company assists businesses in reducing management costs and achieving rapid investment returns. The following is a practical case study of Multiway Robotics implementing the intelligent transformation of traditional forklifts in a liquor packaging factory.
3. Initiating Smart Warehousing Construction in a Packaging Factory
In a traditional forklift intelligent transformation project at a liquor packaging factory, there were three warehouses with a combined total area of nearly 40,000 square meters. The warehouses had high internal architectural consistency but relatively low floor flatness. The factory faced heavy daily production tasks and required dense storage with numerous storage locations. The management costs of the warehouses had been increasing year by year. The retrofitting project needed to be carried out without interrupting normal operations, and 16 unmanned forklifts were required to collaborate. The performance and consistency of the unmodified vehicles were poor. The warehouse entrances and exits presented significant challenges for traffic control systems, positioning systems, and location management. Two other AGV companies had previously failed to provide retrofitting solutions. Multiway Robotics dispatched a professional on-site assessment team and engaged in thorough communication with the factory. They swiftly completed the deployment of a solution, developed a retrofitting plan that met the factory's specific requirements, and successfully implemented the plan, earning praise from the customer.
4. Customized Solution for Rapid Implementation
Multiway Robotics, based on the customer's actual needs, developed a comprehensive phased plan from goal clarification, solution design, WMS integration, to vehicle optimization. Intelligent warehouse systems were established for control, scheduling, and remote monitoring to meet the customer's requirements. The solution was equipped with Multiway's cutting-edge laser navigation system, ensuring precise positioning during operation. The system achieved a positioning accuracy of ±10mm for initial positioning and ±5mm for subsequent positioning. Additionally, our company utilized advanced technologies such as large-scale robot cluster scheduling and machine vision. This enabled functions such as forklift path planning, cluster scheduling, coordinated linkage, status monitoring, collaborative docking, cargo recognition, and automated operations.
5. Clear Advantages of Forklift Transformation: Rapidly Matching Customer Needs
No need to replace existing forklifts or modify the site environment: By using a completely self-developed laser navigation system, the retrofitting process can adapt to the motion models of commonly used vehicles on the market. This allows for quick vehicle modifications and significantly reduces retrofitting costs.
Weekly delivery without disrupting normal production: A delivery plan is formulated on a weekly basis, and the control system can complete the forklift retrofitting within 24 working hours. It enables functions such as forklift path planning, cluster scheduling, coordinated linkage, status monitoring, collaborative docking, cargo recognition, and automated operations.
Seamless integration with intelligent systems: Seamless integration with MES/WMS/ERP systems and the customer's existing ERP system enables real-time query management of information.
Customized solutions to meet actual needs: Customized solutions are provided based on specific requirements. In this case, where the customer had issues with poor performance and consistency of their existing vehicles, Multiway provided a tailored solution to address the customer's practical problems.
6. Cost Reduction and Efficiency Enhancement through Automated Operations: Information Technology as an Essential Tool
Rail-free navigation and automated operations: Specific routes can be followed. The forklift autonomously travels from its standby position to the pickup point, moves to the drop-off point after picking up the goods, and then returns to its initial position.
Precise positioning and efficient operation: Autonomous position determination and correction are achieved. When reaching the pickup and drop-off points, the system detects and assesses the position between the forks and the pallet. If any deviation is detected, the forklift adjusts its route and corrects the position based on system settings.
Transparent information and real-time traceability: Real-time and detailed information on inbound and outbound handling, inventory counting, and other status information are available, ensuring transparency in the order execution process.
Safety protection and unmanned operations: The efficiency of on-site work is improved while reducing human errors and accidents, thereby enhancing employee safety.
Cost reduction and efficiency enhancement with increased capacity: By replacing traditional manual operations with intelligent machines, warehouse logistics automation is achieved, leading to improved logistics handling efficiency, increased production efficiency, reduced labor costs, and the realization of intelligent and flexible upgrades within enterprise internal logistics.