Development of a modular system for a plug & play automated guided vehicle

Theme Automated guided vehicles, Industry 4.0
Project title Development of a modular system for a plug & play automated guided vehicle (PnPFTS)
Project duration 01.11.2019 – 31.01.2022
Press release

Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can be integrated into existing warehouse structures, increase availability and reliability and allow a more transparent representation of material flows. Acquisition and commissioning still pose major challenges for many companies – especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Currently, AGVs are developed individually for each customer, which results in high acquisition and production costs, long delivery times and time-consuming commissioning. Furthermore, AGVs are expert systems which require specially trained personnel.

Together with flexlog GmbH, IPH is developing a novel AGV within the scope of this research project. Modular load handling devices, plug & play transfer and loading stations as well as an intuitive commissioning and configuration process should significantly lower the hurdle for the use of driverless systems. Users receive a system that they can operate easily, implement independently and quickly and adapt to their individual requirements.


The ZIM project ZF4717501RF9 was funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) within the Central Innovation Program for small and medium-sized enterprises (ZIM) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

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Benjamin Küster

Manager production automation