Intelligent connected factory with 5G technology: Autonomous logistics at BMW Group Plant Landshut calculates data in the cloud

+++ Research project “Robot in the Cloud” between BMW Group and Technical University of Munich +++ Cloud-based logistics solution piloted at BMW Group Plant Landshut supply centre +++ Self-driving forklift trucks access data cloud

+++ Research project “Robot in the Cloud” between BMW Group
and Technical University of Munich


+++ Cloud-based logistics solution piloted at BMW Group Plant
Landshut supply centre


+++ Self-driving forklift trucks access data cloud

Landshut. Autonomous, connected and intelligent: As
part of the two-year, 1.2-million-euro “Robot in the Cloud” research
project funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the BMW
Group is exploring how self-driving logistics vehicles can be used in
a production setting at its component plant in Landshut in Lower
Bavaria, in conjunction with the Technical University of Munich (TUM)
and with the support of several partner companies. What is unique
about this is that the complex calculations required for autonomous
logistics runs do not take place in the vehicles themselves, but in a
data cloud specially set up for this purpose.

The research project was launched in 2021 at the initiative of the
BMW Group’s technology and logistics development team. Following
preliminary theoretical work and initial tests under laboratory
conditions on the TUM campus in Garching, field testing is now
underway at BMW Group Plant Landshut. “With this pilot project, BMW
Group Plant Landshut is setting a new benchmark for the intelligent,
connected factory. The increasing digitalisation of production also
includes logistics flows,” explains site manager Dr. Stefan
Kasperowski. “Behind the project is the aim of fully connected
production, in which autonomous transport systems, logistics robots
and mobile devices seamlessly communicate with one another and with
the control system.”

Specifically, the “Robot in the Cloud” research project uses
self-driving forklift trucks for loading and unloading trucks and for
managing a block storage facility at the BMW Group Plant Landshut
supply centre. “Cameras integrated into the forklifts serve as the
basis for calculating autonomous runs. They simultaneously calculate
driving movements and determine coordinates with millimetre
precision,” explains Ludwig Huber, responsible for integration at
Plant Landshut. “The calculations are outsourced to a high-performance
data cloud using 5G technology.” This means complex processors and the
corresponding hardware no longer have to be installed in the vehicles
themselves. Optimal control of forklifts by the cloud reduces
downtimes for logistics vehicles and boosts the performance and
efficiency of the entire logistics system.

5G wireless technology plays a key role in the use of the cloud-based
logistics solution at Plant Landshut’s supply centre. The new mobile
telecommunications standard allows large data volumes to be
transferred within a very short time. 5G enables real-time
connectivity between machinery and equipment. “5G, the fifth
generation of mobile communications, is more than just an incremental
improvement in existing standards. In addition to significantly higher
data rates, it also enables billions of machines to be connected and
transmit data in near real time. The ‘Robot in the Cloud’ project
provides an impressive demonstration of possible 5G applications in
the context of Industry 4.0,” according to Bavarian Minister of
Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger.

The research consortium is made up of three further Bavarian
companies, as well as representatives of the BMW Group: congiv GmbH
from Munich is installing the 5G network at BMW Group Plant Landshut
and provides the cloud solution. KS Control GmbH from Mintraching,
outside of Regensburg, supplies the self-driving forklift trucks.
Scientific monitoring for the project is provided by the Technical
University of Munich.

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BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs

Communications Landshut, press spokesperson

Telephone: +49 871 702 3232

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Email: Saskia.Graser@bmw.de

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BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs

Communications Landshut

Telephone: +49 871 702 3001

Cell phone: +49 151 6040 3001

Email: Marina.Borst@bmw.de

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