A feasibility and comparison study of Autonomous Robotic Vehicles for the FMCG manufacturing sector

O'Brien, J., Breedon, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-1006-0942, Sprinks, J. ORCID: 0000-0003-3781-5484, Brooks, S., Iaquinta, K. and Anderson, M., 2019. A feasibility and comparison study of Autonomous Robotic Vehicles for the FMCG manufacturing sector. In: Everything Connected Conference: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age, Nottingham, June 2019.

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As we are approaching the fourth industrial revolution of Industry 4.0, many companies including Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies are currently conducting feasibility studies and researching the potentials of autonomous robots and vehicles in future massproduction processes. Compared to their Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) predecessors, they are deemed to be far more economical to install and integrated into brownfield sites with more ease.

This work presents a specification based comparison study of market leaders that evaluates the specifications given for 16 ARV technologies available globally and within the UK. From this comparison study a feasibility study of two similarly specified ARVs could be conducted, most notably the Omron LD-CT130 AIV. If Industry 4.0 is fully exploited, it has the opportunity to cause an increased efficiency and reduce overall costs within a company, and making processes lean. Failure to embrace ARV technology will result in the potential loss of jobs. There is of course resentment for change from modern Luddites. However, the 4th Industrial Revolution is inevitable and should be embraced.

Wartzman (2015) suggested two approaches working hand in hand in for Industry 4.0: preparing for a future career, and encouraging continuous learning within industry with organisations retraining employees. Moreover, industries should train and educate themselves and employees regarding how to accommodate ARV technologies in order to retain jobs in the future.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: O'Brien, J., Breedon, P., Sprinks, J., Brooks, S., Iaquinta, K. and Anderson, M.
Date: June 2019
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Jun 2019 13:12
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 13:20
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36958

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