Altachem, a wholly-owned subsidiary of LINDAL Group, has been chosen for an EU-funded programme to improve ‘agile production’ through advanced robotics systems in internal process logistics.
Following open calls from the Trinity Digital Innovation Hubs programme, Altachem, which specialises in high-delivery valve applications for aerosols, successfully applied to be part of the EU initiative and will now begin a year-long project alongside non-profit technology firm, Sirris, and manufacturing IT specialists, Flagstone, to form a consortium. The consortium will share their knowledge to build a live platform optimising internal logistics.
The project will address the challenges associated with the use of mobile robots in the production of customised products. It will establish the technological and economic feasibility of implementing autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and automatic guided vehicles (AVGs) on SME shop floors for the internal and flexible small-scale movement of materials.
Software tools and automation add-ons by Flagstone and Sirris, respectively, will be implemented and tested via the platform.
“We are delighted to work with Sirris and Flagstone as part of this consortium to share our expertise and explore improvement areas that a highly automated internal logistics system can bring,” said Wouter Van Haute, operations manager at Altachem.
“This project is just one element of our ongoing group operations strategy that is pursuing the use of automation and robotics to improve our operational efficiency.”