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Breaking ground in intralogistics with the ActiveShuttle from Bosch Rexroth

The ActiveShuttle Management System (AMS) controls and organizes the entire ActiveShuttle fleet

The heart of the autonomous transport system is the powerful AMS software (ActiveShuttle Management System).

  • Central control software for the entire ActiveShuttle fleet
  • Intelligent traffic management and transport assignment
  • Always up to date thanks to automatic map updates
  • Connection to other Rexroth solutions and third-party systems

The intralogistics of manufacturing companies face challenging demands: Competitive pressure, increasing product and component diversity, fluctuating production figures, volatile markets – these framework conditions demand a highly flexible material flow. With the ActiveShuttle transport system, Bosch Rexroth is opening up a new chapter in intralogistics. The core element of the system is the innovative AMS software. It organizes the material flow using ActiveShuttle while at the same time allowing to connect with other Rexroth solutions, such as the APAS production assistant and the ActiveAssist worker assistance system. As a result, the AMS achieves a material flow efficiency that sets new standards in intralogistics.

As the “brain” of the autonomous ActiveShuttle transport system, the AMS organizes all intralogistics material flows. The embedded safety concept ensures maximum safety for both people and machinery. The SIL2 and Performance Level d certified safety laser scanners continuously compare the position, route and traffic situation of the vehicles with the help of the AMS. The software controls the entire ActiveShuttle fleet and ensures a seamless flow of material, not least thanks to automatic map updates. Furthermore the AMS provides a highly efficient and flexible order management. Operators can process transport orders manually, e.g. by tablet. However, the orders can also be triggered automatically, for example by existing ERP or MES systems. The AMS then assigns the transport job to an available ActiveShuttle and then processes the transport, so that virtual and physical stocks match up.

Connected Assembly & Logistics

For comprehensive solutions within assembly and logistics, collaborative robots such as the APAS production assistant and the ActiveAssist assembly assistance system can also be connected to the AMS. In this way, the systems can communicate with the ActiveShuttle and report the demands to the AMS. Due to this intelligent data exchange the AMS enables the connection of assembly and logistics. Companies benefit noticeably from the high degree of automation.

For this purpose, the AMS stores all the movements of the ActiveShuttle fleet and makes this data available for analysis. This opens up further optimization potential and offers a significant additional benefit, characterized by smaller batch sizes, less material and warehouse stocks and shorter material throughput times.

Whether cyclic transport or consumption-based material supply: A wide range of transport concepts can be implemented by means of the overall ActiveShuttle system, the APAS production assistant, the ActiveAssist and higher-level customer IT systems. The scalability of the system is particularly helpful in this context: Once implemented via Plug and Go, AMS fully automatically controls the entire fleet navigating to and from the various locations – even with variable batch sizes and destinations.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation. With its intelligent components, customized system solutions and services, Bosch Rexroth is creating the necessary environment for fully connected applications. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drive and control technology, gear technology and linear motion and assembly technology, including software and interfaces to the Internet of Things. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 32,300 associates generated sales revenue of roughly 6.2 billion euros in 2018.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 410,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2018). The company generated sales of 78.5 billion euros in 2018. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 460 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At nearly 130 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 68,700 associates in research and development.

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