|Project title||Potential and prerequisites for the internal deployment of drones for material transport (DroMaTra)|
|Project duration||01.11.2018 – 31.10.2020|
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.