New and innovative way of navigation for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) in production and logistics thanks to Kontron's embedded system
Augsburg, Germany, March 21, 2019 – Embedded Box PCs by Kontron, a leading global provider of IoT/Embedded Computer Technology (ECT), serve as hardware basis for automated guided vehicles, which find their way through the factories with the navigation software KINEXON Brain from the Munich-based company KINEXON Industries GmbH. KINEXON Brain guides the transport vehicles precisely and safely to their destination even under harsh conditions. The robust construction and maintenance-free design of the fanless KBox A-series by Kontron allows safe and efficient navigation of automated guided vehicles: ground contamination, unfavourable light irradiation, dust or fumes are no longer a problem. Previous solutions for AGV navigation such as ground markers, lines or magnetic strips are also inflexible, expensive and require intensive maintenance and will not be needed any longer.
KINEXON Brain is based on software implemented on an IoT gateway of Kontron’s KBox A-Series. The solution consists of an embedded Box PC with IoT functionalities and the sensors for communication with the sensor network, the KINEXON Vehicle Tags. In addition, there is a fieldbus coupler for communication with external I/Os and other components connected to the gateway, such as motors, laser scanners or a safety controller. The KINEXON Brain installed on Kontron's KBox acts as a single interface to the hardware platform of the industrial truck.
Johannes Feldmaier, Product Manager Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) at KINEXON: "By using Kontron's KBox, we have succeeded in implementing one of the leading driverless transport system solutions for use in industrial environments within a very short time. Thanks to the offered standards, the scalability and the available interfaces, KINEXON Brain can be easily integrated into the products of various vehicle manufacturers. This allows a wide range of use in various fields of application, for example in the field of intralogistics or, in the future, also in the service robotics sector".
KINEXON decided in favor of Kontron's KBox at the beginning of 2017, after a brief market survey and positive reports from Kontron customers. "Many of the solutions we looked at previously were significantly larger and heavier than the KBox and used active cooling," explains Feldmaier. "However, if there is a lot of dust, as is the case in many production facilities and warehouses, these systems, are not suitable for providing precise data.
Kontron's KBox is compact, robust and scalable and has a practical interface layout. The fanless operation, important for KINEXON, allows ambient temperatures of up to 60°C by passive cooling. The system can be operated without a fan. With the necessary certifications and the fully tested system configuration as well as a very good price-performance ratio, Kontron can supply its customers with an adequate product.”
Norbert Hauser, Vice President Marketing, Kontron: "By using the box PCs as control computers in automated guided vehicles, Kontron emphasizes its ability to also score points with its products in the world of autonomous vehicles. High-performance and robust industrial PCs are essential for the rapid evaluation of merged sensor data in mobile systems."
About Kontron – Member of the S&T Group
Kontron is a global leader in IoT/embedded computing technology (ECT). As a part of technology group S&T, Kontron offers a combined portfolio of secure hardware, middleware and services for Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. With its standard products and tailor-made solutions based on highly reliable state-of-the-art embedded technologies, Kontron provides secure and innovative applications for a variety of industries. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, product longevity and the best fully integrated applications overall.
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