Yes, it is possible to connect AnyFleet to other systems like forklifts or AGVs from different suppliers. Developed in accordance with the VDA 5050 standard—which controls the communication between connected devices—devices with internet access can communicate using this shared standard. As champions of this standard, idealworks is ensuring all participating devices are able to communicate with our software.
If the environment layout changes iw.hub can detect changes to a certain degree—depending on the speed and extent of the change—without iw.hub losing navigation. In the case of a major change from one day to the next (e.g. complete removal of a wall) the map may have to be adjusted manually. With day-to-day changes, such as movement of material, iw.hub continuously adds to its understanding of the environment using long term SLAM.
The customer can take over the user administration and assign the following roles to his employees:
1. User with read-only permission.
2. Configurator - Read and write permissions. This means that this role can quickly and easily adjust any settings. For example, a new pickup point can be created within seconds.
3. Administrator - In addition to the rights of the Configurator, the Admin can increase or decrease the permissions of other users.
The Warehouse Management System (WMS) can send new orders to AnyFleet (input). In addition, the status of the transfer order is also fed back so that goods postings can be carried out automatically in the WMS.
Essentially iw.hub is an indoor device. A conventional industrial floor can be driven over by the hub as long as no large holes or gaps expose the wheel. iw.hub v3 and higher can be used on inclines of up to +/- 10°.
AnyFleet has an analysis function, which enables various charts and evaluations. Data can be output for the analysis of driving distances, delivery reliability, downtimes, completed transport orders, and more. Easy filtering options allow a quick analysis of the data from each device.
Yes, iw.hubs have been designed and tested for operation in BMW plants, where there is always a high flow of mixed traffic. Even with heavy mixed traffic and narrow paths, iw.hub can operate without issues. However, it should be noted that the average speed of iw.hub is lower due to frequent braking in heavy traffic.
The laser scanner detects its own contamination, such as dirt or other material obstructing its sensor, and interrupts its mission as soon as a safe operation can no longer be guaranteed, and will alert users of the problem via the AnyFleet application.
Yes, the size of the safety field of iw.hub depends on its speed. The higher the speed, the larger the safety field. This allows iw.hub to reduce the speed in narrow areas and to continue with a smaller protective field.
Essentially any IoT device (smart watch, NB-Call-Button, tablet, smart phone, etc.) is able to send a mission to AnyFleet. In addition to these active options, order control via an ERP or WMS system is also possible.
The number of charging stations required depends on the availability of the charging times and the workload of the different devices, as well as the shift model. Usually three iw.hubs can share one charging station.
The operation time of iw.hub without needing additional charge is eight hours under full capacity, lasting a complete work shift.
iw.hub controls the battery level by itself. When charging is needed, iw.hub will navigate to the nearest free charging station, if there are no open missions to be carried out. When the battery level is critically low, iw.hub will stop its mission and navigate to a charging station. A complete charging process from 0%-100% takes approximately two hours, meaning 25% of the battery can be charged within 30 minutes.
Tolerances in the handling of goods for independent lifting and unloading mean the dolly can be misaligned by approximately 10cm (X and Y) and can be rotated by approximately 15 degrees while still allowing iw.hub to pick it up autonomously.