The food industry is closely related to people's daily life. As the saying goes, "the country takes the people as the foundation, and the people take food as the matter of life and death". In recent years, the food industry has continued to expand. As with the rapid popularization of information technology, automation and digitalization have gradually been applied to the production, storage, transportation, and other links of the food and beverage industry. "The food and beverage industry accounts for 7% of the intelligent logistics systems that have been built", according to the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP), Ruishou, and Zhiyan Consulting. Today, let's take stock of how VisionNav helps the food industry in the logistics process and accelerate the upgrade of intelligent logistics.
Safer Loading and Unloading
Drive-in racks are widely used in food, tobacco, emulsion, and other industries. Compared with beam-type racks, drive-in pallet racks use pallets for intensive storage, which can maximize space utilization. Autonomous forklifts can drive directly into the racks for storage and pick up the goods.
In the case of a grain storage project in South China, the bottom width of the drive-in pallet rack in the warehouse is 1340mm. VisionNav uses a forward-moving autonomous forklift and lets it drift into the interior of the rack channel, then lead it to follow the rule of first deposit and then retrieval to conduct the drive-in and retrieval operation.
Drive-in Pallet Rack Warehousing
High-rise warehouse shelving is a common scene in the food industry, as a way to improve storage utilization. The higher the rack, the greater the risk of the autonomous forklift when it is lifted. VisionNav makes a great improvement in maintaining the fork and carrier stable when the autonomous forklift is lifted high, and also in accurately perceiving and locating the storage space of the shelf.
In the case of an international food processing enterprise. By configuring the VNR14 forward-moving autonomous forklift, it can realize the loading and unloading of goods for the high-rise shelves above 6 meters on site. Forecasted by visual natural environment information, the forklift can obtain shelf space information, cargo posture information, etc., and control the lifting height of the end of the fork, thus keeping a safety interval between cargoes, also the two sides of the shelf, to achieve high-efficient and high-precision warehousing.
High-rise Warehouse Shelving
Autonomous Equipment Docking and Smart Controlling System
In many food processing enterprises, the processing of raw materials/auxiliary materials needs to go through multiple processes, and autonomous forklifts need to transfer materials in different processes, during which they will be connected to different autonomous equipment.
In order to deal with the complex process on-site, VisionNav central control scheduling system has designed a docking module, which can not only automatically dock with WMS, MES, ERP, and other systems for warehousing tasks, but also with hoists, roller lines, automatic doors. The docking with other automation equipment enables autonomous forklifts to seamlessly connect with this equipment and work together.
Docking Single Side-sliding Fire Door
Docking Roller Line
VisionNav® Robotics is a leading global supplier of autonomous industrial vehicles and intralogistics automation solutions. Based on AI, Perception, Deep Learning, and Servo Control technology, VisionNav has developed 9 product series for full-stack scenarios. By now VisionNav has served more than 30 countries and deployed 200+ projects around the globe, and reached cooperations with 50+ Fortune 500 companies, covering auto manufacturing, tire, food, petrochemical, e-commerce, 3PL, pharmaceutical, and other industries.