Potential and prerequisites for the internal deployment of drones for material transport

Project title Potential and prerequisites for the internal deployment of drones for material transport (DroMaTra)
Project duration 01.11.2018 – 31.10.2020
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In-plant material transports change considerably: Shrinking production lot sizes up to batch size 1 lead to smaller supply or conveyor lot sizes, transport frequencies increase. Unplanned material transports for missing material or spare parts for maintenance are time-consuming and costly due to the small quantities and often long distances.

One possible solution is unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) as a new type of transport technology. In the third dimension, they can move in previously unused airspace. However, there are still risks and obstacles to the concrete use of drones in production operations (e.g. dust turbulence, profitability, legal situation). It is also unclear which legal/insurance, technical and operational prerequisites must be created for use in production operations and by drone manufacturers. Finally, the research project will clarify the question of the economic and logistical potentials arising from the use of drones for internal material transport.

  • 08.11.2019, 10:00 h - 14:00 h
  • IPH gGmbH, Hollerithallee 6, 30419 Hannover
  • 15.04.2019, 10:00 h - 14:30 h
  • IPH gGmbH, Hollerithallee 6, 30419 Hannover

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The IGF project 20261 N of the research association BVL is funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in the programme of Industrial Collective Research (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

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