12/01/2021 - 12:29 pm

Jungheinrich’s automated solution for the BLG Logistics Group

The BLG Logistics Group is investing in an automated guided vehicle (AGV) system from Jungheinrich at its Bremen site. Two ERC 213a automated trucks will take over the supply and disposal of materials for a coating line in the Bremen logistics centre, from which BLG provides comprehensive services for the automotive sector. The order represents the first automation project of this kind for BLG.

Christian Reining, senior project manager for innovations and digitisation projects at the BLG Logistics Group explains, “We are delighted to have found a partner like Jungheinrich to help us implement our first AGV project. This project serves as a beacon and will hopefully demonstrate further opportunities for use within BLG.”

The aim of using AGVs at BLG is to automate parts of the internal pallet transport system in the Bremen logistics centre. Because of its laser scanner, the ERC 213a can navigate independently through the warehouse. At the same time, the AGVs are able to recognise different load carriers, even if they are oversized, and stack empty pallets.

The AGVs are connected to the BLG warehouse management system (WMS) via the Jungheinrich logistics interface. Through the interface the transport orders generated by the WMS are transmitted directly to the ERC 213a and processed by the AGVs. This way the vehicles and warehouses form one comprehensive intelligent system.

Gregor Ringwelsky, key account manager at Jungheinrich says, “Automated guided vehicle systems are at the heart of automated intralogistics. Based on tried-and-tested Jungheinrich series trucks, which are supplemented by automation components and controlled by intelligent software, we have designed a system for BLG that handles recurring transport tasks with large handling volumes particularly safely and efficiently.”

The ERC 213a is the latest model in Jungheinrich’s AGV portfolio. Its compact design, suits the automated stacker truck for transport processes in confined spaces. Equipped with the latest lithium-ion technology, the AGVs can drive at full capacity for up to eight hours. The battery is charged at pre-defined periods or, if necessary, can be charged automatically at charging stations. This increases the availability of the system and allows the AGVs to be used around the clock. The ERC 213a can store loads of up to 1.3t and can reach top speeds of up to 2.5m/s. A 2.8 kW 3-phase AC motor provides constant power and an electrical lift motor ensures safe lifting at lift heights of up to 4400mm.

Because of its steel frame and enclosed chassis, the ERC 213a has a particularly robust design. Safety systems such as the standard personal protection scanners check the route for obstacles during use. Furthermore, the layout of the personal protection scanners around the truck provides a contactless safety system in the drive direction, load direction and when cornering. Navigation takes place by means of a laser. Reflectors on the route or a combination of reflectors and distinguishing features can be used for navigation purposes.


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