On construction sites or in the field of material-handling, the efficient and precise processing of repetitive tasks as well as the significant reduction of the risk of accidents, are main topics in the next few years. These challenges can be met by the equipment of the mobile machines with intelligent control systems. Therefore, active assistance-functions (e.g. to avoid collisions), (Partial-) autonomy or the cooperative collaboration between several machines, can help to reach these ambitious goals. But also topics like minimizing machine downtime, documentation of the work progress and relief of the machine operator, can be forced by intelligent control systems, too.
Below, you can find some examples, which possibilities arise through the use of our intelligent control technology. We would be really happy to help you realize your ideas!
Tilt-Protection and Limitation of the Working-Area
- With the help of position sensors, the current position of the vehicle as well as the position of the excavators arm are detected.
- Pressure sensors help to identify the current loading condition of the shovel.
- The intelligent control system is able to actively access the hydraulic-controller of the machine, to restrict the working-area in order to protect the machine from tilting.
- Besides, certain areas of the working-area can be restricted, to avoid collisions (e.g. while working on a busy road).
- Automated approach of the discharging-area (e.g. HGV, container, press, ...) as well as automated discharging-process.
- Obstacles on the way to the discharging-area can be teached in and therefore avoided while the automated discharging takes place.
- Optional supervision of the working-area in dynamic changing working-environments.
Riding in Formation
- Riding in formation of several vehicles, oriented on a manned guidance vehicle.
- Unmanned vehicles follow with a predefined distance and offset.
- Collision-avoidance of the unmanned vehicles is realized with appropriate sensor-systems.
- Turn-over-strategies can be implemented, too.
By supporting the operator, respectively by the transfer of certain functions towards the machine, the operator is able to stay focused for a longer time. Therefore, he is able to obtain a higher pace of work. Complete autonomous functions also enable the operator to leave the machine and do other operations or to control more than one vehicle at the same time. Thus, a significant increase in productivity is possible.
Human mistakes are still the main reason for accidents. Intelligent assistance functions can help here. They support the operator and take control in case of need, to prevent accidents. Furthermore, autonomous operations make it possible to keep people out of dangerous environments.
A lot of tasks require a permanent supervision by the operator. In many cases, this leads to an un-ergonomic seating position. But also vibrations and shocks do harm the operators body in a long term. With assistance functions and (partial-) autonomy, area monitoring becomes lapsed or can be done from outside of the vehicle. That way, health risks can be reduced to a minimum.