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Volkswagen names SCHUNK as one of its 'Nominated Suppliers'
Volkswagen names SCHUNK as one of its 'Nominated Suppliers'

Volkswagen names SCHUNK as one of its 'Nominated Suppliers'

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 13 June 2015
Volkswagen AG has named SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems, as one of its 'Nominated Suppliers' along with SERVUS INTRALOGISTICS. The Hanover-based Institute for Production Management (IPM) carried out an extensive scouting process before the top ten companies for production logistics were chosen. SCHUNK, together in a team with SERVUS INTRALOGISTICS, won the race in the 'Material Handling: Ergonomical and quality oriented' category. Over 200 companies took part in the competition.
 
Flexible system linkage
 
The winning solution, developed by SCHUNK in cooperation with SERVUS INTRALOGISTICS, was a mobile handling and transport system that links storage, production and assembly in an automated fashion. The central elements are the SCHUNK LWA 4P Powerball Lightweight arms that are ideal for mobile use, due to the integrated electronics and their suitability as a battery-operated device. The LWA 4P can handle both individual components and complete trays. Rail-guided SERVUS transport shuttles move the lightweight arms together with the trays containing the components flexibly between the Kanban warehouse, the picking area and the stations for production and assembly. 
 
The system makes it possible to perform handling and transport tasks in a single step. During transport, the component can also be refined or subjected to testing. The flexibility of the SCHUNK lightweight arm increases the utilisation factor, reduces plant investment and improves the efficiency of intra-logistic systems. At the 'Innovative Logistics Solution Day' held at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg, 380 logistics experts from Volkswagen AG and the supplier industry had an opportunity to see how the system works. The aim of this event was to discuss future prospects for logistics using innovative product and process solutions, as a basis to develop courses of action.
 
Model application for Industry 4.0
 
For those who want to see for themselves how flexible production automation can be achieved in line with the requirements of Industry 4.0, SCHUNK will be demonstrating the system at forthcoming trade shows. Whether it's condition monitoring using force/torque sensors, intelligent workpiece carriers, multiple usage of parts, predictive maintenance, collaboration between humans and robots, or machine-to-machine communication, SCHUNK's latest technology will make all these ideas a reality. 

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