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Case Study--VisionNav Robotics Helps Packaging Printing Enterprise Realize Industrial Warehouse Automation

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When you have read the case today, we can find out how VisionNav Robotics helps a leading supplier in the printing industry to realize automated material handling with our AGV forklifts and corresponding solutions.

As one of the traditional manufacturing industries, the packaging and printing industry is affected by express logistics, daily consumption, and other fields in the epidemic era, showing a trend of the increasing year by year. With the continuous expansion of market scale, digital and intelligent upgrades have become a necessary way for packaging and printing enterprises to move towards smart manufacturing.


Project Background

Affected by factors such as holidays and temporary orders. There are certain fluctuations in the production frequency of this industry. In the peak of production, the manual forklift operation has to face problems such as insufficient efficiency and tight material unloading on the production line, and in the trough of production, it is easy to lead to the problem of low labor efficiency. After an on-the-spot investigation, VisionNav Robotics found that in the two scenarios, from the raw material buffer storage area to the production line, from the auxiliary buffer area to the AS/RS, unmanned forklifts can be used to replace manual operations to improve efficiency and realize automatic material handling.


Project Highlights

Highlight 1: The width over the forks is adaptive to different types of pallets

The raw materials/finished products in the packaging and printing industry are diverse, and the corresponding finished pallets are also of different models. Manual forklifts need to manually adjust the width over the forks to pick up different types of pallets. The unmanned forklift from VisionNav Robotics has the function of automatic adjustment of the width over the forks, which can adapt to different types of pallets and reduce the cost to customers.


Highlight 2: The BrightEye system can monitor the warehouse position and achieve the matching of logistics and information flow

In some complex application scenarios, such as cargo management in the auxiliary buffer area, there is a lack of information such as storage location planning, inventory status, and safety operations, so local monitoring needs to be carried out through special smart devices. VisionNav Robotics has deployed the BrightEye system for local monitoring in these areas, thus realizing the real-time connection between local data and the robot control system, and improving the material handling efficiency of the whole production line:


  • Monitor the status of the warehouse inventory, deal with the full inventory situation of the buffer area, and reduce the waste of inventory caused by the idle warehouse;
  • Monitor the stacking status. When the manual stacking place/position is incorrect, the BrightEye system will warn with “the goods are placed crookedly", thus reminding the staff to adjust the operations;
  • Monitor vehicles/staff. When vehicles/staff enter the storage area, the system will issue an alarm to avoid safety accidents caused by mistaken entry;


Highlight 3: The robot control system is connected to a variety of automation facilities to respond to on-site needs

The partner of this project is a leading company in the industry and has been focusing on providing overall solutions for smart printing factories, have provided new factory planning and overall design services for more than 150 printing and packaging companies, and deployed ERP, MES, WMS, TPS and other smart logistics solutions for more than 50 printing and packaging enterprises.

 The robot control system of VisionNav Robotics is connected with the WMS system, and communicated through wireless LAN, then dispatches multiple unmanned forklifts and optimizes the best path route, and finally responds to on-site needs in time. At the site of this project, it is necessary to pass through automatic rolling gates from the raw material buffer area to the production line. Our robot control system has the ability to control the automatic rolling gate. After on-site debugging, the seamless connection between the unmanned forklift and the automatic rolling gate has finally been realized. The unmanned handling of raw materials from the buffer storage area to the line can be completed without manual intervention in the whole process.