Kivnon AGVs take automation to the next level with WMS in Faurecia

26 rotational AGVs with lifting platforms share the workspace and interact with employees and robots in manufacturing plant for 6th largest international automotive parts manufacturer in the world.
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Automotive technology giant Faurecia has installed an end of line buffer, sequence and warehouse, at its plant in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Seats are delivered directly sequenced to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) overhead conveyor.

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For the implementation of the Warehouse Management System, Faurecia turned to Kivnon to supply the AGV K05 Twister.

An automated guided vehicle with 360º rotation capacity on its own axis, the K05 Twister is specially conceived for confined spaces, as the plant located in Vitoria requires.

“This Warehouse Management System that Kivnon built for Faurecia is showing exactly where the market of AGV´s is going,” said Rob Keij, sales director at Kivnon. “Besides the traditional trips for an AGV to take material from A to B, we now experience a higher demand for extremely intelligent technologies and programming of the routes of our AGVs. In this way we help the customer to take the internal logistics and their WMS systems to the next level.”

Through a handling weightless system, workers transfer the car seat from the end of the line to the AGV, which then takes care of delivering it to a loading robot, which is synchronized with the sequence, picks it up and indicates to the AGV when it can return to the initial position to start another cycle.

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Once the automated guided vehicle is released, the robot hands it to OEM’s overhead conveyor.

An automatic, secure and reliable system that, thanks to in loop battery charging stations, can work 24/7. In addition, Kivnon’s lifting platform comes equipped with a RFID reader to identify the seats’ ID and confirm it is the one requested by the OEM.

Overall, 26 AGVs and 200 carts are required for this process that moves a very high number of seats per day.

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“This system has managed to automate the whole loading system, storage seats sequencing in a warehouse at level zero thereby facilitating the control system and backup if necessary,” said César Lafraya, plant director at Faurecia in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

“All this with a very flexible system that allows quick layout modifications and the opportunity to increase capacity in a very fast and simple way such as increasing the number of AGVs in the flux,” he added.