Agile Production Simulation

The Agile Production Simulation is the ideal learning concept for industry and higher 
education

The compact simulation model offers a unique opportunity to make hands-on future technologies tangible.

  • Modular production Digitalization in the production environment
  • Quality Assurance with artificial intelligence
  • Automated guided vehicles
  • Digital twin
  • Automation and PLC programming

 

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The Digital Learning Platform

 

  • is a high-performance, immersive learning environment
  • is based on a digital twin of the Agile Production Simulation and represents the didactic counterpart to the haptic model factory
  • explains the controls, actuators, sensors and functionality of the Agile Production Simulation
  • offers interactive learning modules on agile production, IoT, AI and automation
  • enables the simulation and evaluation of highly complex process sequences in agile production
  • is included in the scope of delivery of Agile Production Simulation and is not associated with any additional costs 
  • is the result of a strong development partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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Overview of the factory modules



Incoming and outgoing goods

This is where the material flow of a workpiece begins and ends. The raw material is delivered at the goods receipt, positioned on the color sensor for quality control using the 6-axis robot with vacuum gripper, and then encoded on the NFC reader. The robot then places the workpiece on the AGV for further transport. The module also contains the central control unit (Raspberry Pi) and the environmental sensor, which measures the different environmental conditions in the factory. The integrated, movable camera can be swiveled in two axes and provides an insight into the entire factory via the fischertechnik Cloud dashboard. At the end of a cycle, a finished workpiece is delivered at the goods dispatch by the AGV.

 

High-bay warehouse

The next stop for a workpiece after goods receipt is usually the high-bay warehouse. It contains nine slots for workpieces, a stacker crane, and a vacuum gripper that picks up the workpiece from the AGV at the docking station and hands it over to the stacker crane for storage. The workpiece is placed in a workpiece carrier for storage. Retrieval is done according to the FIFO principle

Drilling station

The drilling station consists of a docking station for the AGV, a vacuum gripper that places the workpiece onto a conveyor belt, from where it is transported under the drilling head. After the simulated drilling process, the workpiece is transported back to the gripper on the conveyor belt. The gripper then places it back onto the AGV.

Milling station

The milling station consists of a docking station for the AGV and a vacuum gripper that places the workpiece onto a conveyor belt, from where it is transported under the milling machine. There, the milling of two pockets is simulated. After the process, the workpiece is placed back onto the conveyor belt and transported back to the gripper. The gripper then places it back onto the automated guided vehicle.

Quality Assurance with AI

In the Quality Assurance module, a vacuum gripper places the workpiece on a conveyor belt. It is transported underneath the camera and scanned there. The workpieces, which come in three different colors (white, red, blue), with three machining features (drilling, milling, drilling & milling), as well as various fault patterns, are classified using the trained AI. Depending on the color, feature and fault pattern, the workpieces are then either placed back onto the AGV as “okay“ or sent to the reject container as “not okay“.

Automated guided vehicles (AGV)

The AGV transports the workpieces from one module to another. It is a track-bound vehicle that follows the printed black tracks. It uses ultrasonic sensors to detect obstacles. The vehicle has omniwheels, which allow it to move in all directions. Two buttons and a phototransistor help the vehicle dock to individual factory modules. The AGV receives its driving commands from the central control unit (Industrial standard VDE 5050). It uses a fischertechnik rechargeable battery pack 8.4V 1800mAh as its power supply

Charging station

When the battery of the AGV runs low, it navigates towards the charging dock, where it is automatically charged with a charger with -ΔU charge monitoring. Contacts on the bottom of the charging station connect the AGV with the charging electronics.

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