Using innovative transportation technologies and automation concepts to improve key criteria of lean logistics
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Decreasing or entire eliminating all kinds of waste in production systems is one of the main goals of today's companies implementing lean management. Wastes can be found in material warehouses or facilities, all production and logistic processes and in finished products warehouses. The 4th industrial revolution, widely known as Industrie 4.0, delivers many innovative technologies. All of these solutions are significantly helping to reduce waste and make the company lean. These have to be compared to existing technologies in cases of energetic or time efficiency. The contribution describes two logistics technologies – the AirMove system and Automatic Guided Vehicles. The paper further deals with the comparison of the two logistic technologies in crucial aspects of lean management quality-cost-time. Therefore measurements of energy consumption, time or volume aspects are the necessary tools which are providing needed information. The objective is not the discrediting of one of the technologies, but the relaying of the relevance of lean thinking, drawn by a fundamental comparison of the two technologies. The research will be performed in the experimental and digital factory at Chemnitz University of Technology.
Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing, held May 20-23, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, and organized by the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems, University of Texas at San AntonioIncludes bibliographical references