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    For over 30 years, DS AUTOMOTION GmbH with its company headquarters in Linz has been specializing in the development and production of Automated Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVs) and has become one of the world's leading suppliers in this segment. Apart from general AGV logistics applications in various branches of industry, DS AUTOMOTION has specialized, in particular, in the sectors Automotive, Print & Paper, Hospital & Healthcare, Agriculture as well as Intralogistics. Our scope of services mainly comprises system implementations based on specific customer preferences. For the main part, we build Automated Guided Vehicles ourselves, which means that customer requirements can be considered. This is applied Industry 4.0!

Product Portfolio
  • AGV Systems

  • Being one of the leading manufacturers of Automated Guided Vehicle Systems, we offer advanced in-house transport and handling solutions to customers worldwide. With our products and services we want to improve our customers' competitive edge and autonomy. To our employees we offer an environment providing room for development and encouraging motivated and responsible acting.

    Additionally, series vehicles are automated, thus expanding the range of products. We regard simple and favourably priced systems as well as complex requirements as a challenge. That's why we're able to prevail against our competitors. By offering creative products and comprehensive services DS AUTOMOTION wants to improve its customers' efficiency and competitive edge.

      • AGV Technology

      • An important differentiating aspect of our automated guided vehicle solutions is the broad spectrum of state-of-the-art navigation technologies we offer to address your specific needs. This proprietary know-how is at the heart of our core competencies, which we consistently apply to the benefit of our customers. We are experts in the following navigation technologies:
          • Lead Track

          • This category of automated guided vehicle systems is based on the positioning of special strips or markings on or into the floor of the operating area. These markings precisely define the vehicle’s path. We have special expertise in three distinct lead-track approaches:
            • active-inductive
            • magnetic
            • optical
              • Lead Track: Active-inductive

              • Electrically-conductive strips are affixed to or imbedded into the floor in layouts that define multiple operating zones, each of which can be activated and controlled independently, thereby providing high route flexibility and utility. Two sensors positioned under the vehicle detect the electrical current flowing through the strips. Differences in the readings between the two sensors signal deviations from the strip’s path, which in turn trigger steering corrections.
              • Lead Track: Magnetic

              • Magnetic strips, which are affixed to the operating floor surface to define the vehicle’s operating path, communicate with two to three magnetic-field sensors positioned in the undercarriage of the vehicle. These sensors in turn direct the vehicle’s steering mechanism.
              • Lead Track: Optical

              • Uniquely-colored markings that are either painted onto the operating floor or otherwise affixed as textile bands serve to guide optical sensors in the vehicle’s base. Corner-detection algorithms and associated calculations are used to translate sensor information into instructions for the steering mechanism.
            • Free Navigations

              • Free navigation  based on: magnetic-point referencing
              • Free navigation  based on: laser technology
              • Free navigation: contour based navigation "SLAM"
                • Free Navigation: Magnetic-point referencing

                • This approach is a popular free navigation enabler, which involves the anchoring of small magnets into the floor; navigation becomes “free” in the sense that the vehicle’s route is not defined by a physical path, but rather virtually, through the calculations of an internal processor and the use of the appropriately spaced floor magnets as reference points. The principle of dead reckoning is at the heart of the approach: vehicle positioning is calculated based on its prior known position, the distance traveled and direction of travel. Magnetic sensors on the vehicle detect the anchored magnets and, on the basis of field strength, calculate the absolute position of the vehicle. An odometer measures distance traveled and a gyroscope the direction of movement. An on-board computer cross-references all of this information with the known location of the magnets to make course corrections as needed.
                • Free Navigation: Laser navigation

                • This technology is the state-of-the-art option in free-navigation and the main alternative to magnetic navigation. A rotating laser scanner atop the vehicle determines position by precisely measuring angles and distances relative to reflectors placed overhead on walls and pillars. Laser technology allows accurate measurement over great distances. As is the case with terrestrial navigation, at least three reflectors are needed to triangulate exact position.
                • Contour Based Navigation "SLAM"

                • Natural landmark based laser navigation is a technology capable of determining the current position of a vehicle without any kind of external infrastructure. No additional sensors are needed on the vehicle, since the central element, the already mounted safety laser scanner can be simultaneously used for both localization and safety purposes. The localization system is robust against disturbances such as the appearance of other vehicles, people and other dynamically moving objects within the area covered by its laser scanner. In order to further increase the accuracy of the localization system – e.g. in handover stations – it can be easily combined with other localization technologies such as magnetic or reflector based navigation.
              • Solutions for Industry

                  • SALLY – the small load carrier

                  • An automated guided vehicle opening up a new compact class for smaller loads up to approx. 100 kg (220 lbs). Through mechatronic interfaces SALLY can be adapted flexibly to various transport tasks. The unit is navigated by means of SLAM technology and closes a gap in the in-house transport chain on the way to Industry 4.0.


                    • max. Payload: 100 kg (220 lbs)
                    • High speed: 1,6 m/s (5,25 fps)
                    • Navigation:
                      • SLAM technology or                                                  
                      • Hybrid with magnets
                    • Charging:
                      • inductive or
                      • conventional charging contacts
                    • Low maintenance efforts due to
                      • Brushless motors
                      • LiFePO­4 Batteries
                    • Customized Substructure – for the perfect interaction with people we offer a broad variety:
                      • 7” touch panel, additional E-STOP, indicators, lights, fingerprint sensors, barcode / RFID readers, and many more…

                    580 mm (22,8 in) x 720 mm (28,3 in) x 550 mm (21,7 in)

                    SALLYs safety installations preventing collisions and providing for operator protection have been well known from previous AGVs of DS AUTOMATION and have proven their worth time and again. Moreover, SALLY has been designed to use additional 3D sensors and signalling devices.

                  • Automotive

                  • We implement flexible automated guided vehicle "AGV"-systems for assembly and production applications which meet your economic requirements.

                    Part of efficient production

                    Flexible system solutions for picking, assembly and handling in production or assembly lines.

                    DS AUTOMOTION specializes in AGV solutions for the Automotive Industry. Reliability, efficiency and flexibility characterize the innovative DS AUTOMOTION solutions.

                    Advantages that make the difference:

                    • Accessibility to the product from all sides
                    • Tailored solutions for improved ergonomics and humanization of the working world
                    • Flexibilty in terms of production processes as well in cycle time
                    • Highest safety for goods, personnel and the operating environment
                    • Reduction of the internal logistic costs
                    • Increase of production flexibility
                  • Hospital & Healthcare

                  • Our automated guided vehicle system solutions provide automatic and punctual goods-transport within hospitals and clinics.

                    Part of efficient production

                    Automated Transport Systems (ATS) for Healthcare logistics.

                    DS AUTOMOTION specializes in AGV solutions for the Hospital and Healthcare industries. Reliability, efficiency and flexibility characterize the innovative DS AUTOMOTION solutions.

                    Advantages that make the difference:

                    • Reliable and on time delivery of goods
                    • Reduction of logistic costs
                    • Costumized systems
                    • Automated monitoring and control of material flow
                    • Optimized material flow
                    • Integration in existing structure without interruption
                  • Intralogistics

                  • The internal transport of pallets, wire-meshboxes and other similar containers can be carried out by our AGV - automated guided vehicle system.

                    Part of efficient production

                    Tailored solutions for customer - specific transport requirements.

                    DS AUTOMOTION specializes in AGV solutions for the Intralogistics. Reliability, efficiency and flexibility characterize the innovative DS AUTOMOTION solutions.

                    Advantages that make the difference:

                    • Highest safety for goods, personnel and the operating environment
                    • Reduction of the internal logistc costs
                    • Increase in production flexibility
                    • Automatic tracking of material and warehouse stock
                    • Optimization of logistic processes
                    • Integration of the system during production
                    • Implement of logistics into your production planning system
                  • Agriculture

                  • Our applications in the field of agricultural machinery are designed for high payloads and stand out due to their robustness. This applies to the fields of both logistics and flexible production.

                    Efficient in spite of long product cycles and production fluctuations

                    Production figures are often subject to considerable market fluctuations, especially where long product cycles are concerned. Automated guided vehicle systems afford the required flexibility to achieve the best possible efficiency in this special production environment.

                    DS AUTOMOTION offers many years of experience in the field of agroindustry. Our solutions are characterized by reliability, economic efficiency, and availability.

                    • Benefits that make a difference:
                    • Increased flexibility of production
                    • High payloads due to customer-specific design
                    • Accessibility to the product from all sides
                    • Customized solutions to improve ergonomics and the humanization of work
                    • Flexible design of work flows and cycle times
                    • Maximum safety for the goods to be conveyed, the personnel and the operational environment
                • References

                    • Zott GmbH

                    • Features and advantages
                      • 12 freely navigating low-floor vehicles for 7/24 operation
                      • Replacement of an existing system; enhanced performance; vehicles adapted to a wider temperature range (incubation chamber and cooling tunnel)
                      • Automatic recharging of batteries during low-production periods; additional battery changing station in times of high production.
                    • Cleveland Clinic

                    • Features and advantages
                      • 81 freely navigating vehicles for 24/7 operation
                      • 60 battery charging stations Max. container weight 500 kg
                      • Daily haulage capacity approx. 1700 km

                      The Cleveland Clinic is a multidisciplinary medical center based in Cleveland/Ohio.
                      It is known worldwide for its first-class cardiological department.
                      The task was to connect the newly built service center with the clinic buildings, some of which are situated a little further away.
                    • LMS

                    • Features and advantages
                      • CleverMax is a simple and inexpensive vehicle featuring proven technology and a standarized, modular design for industrial applications.
                      • The driving course can be configured individually by the operator.
                      • CleverMax can travel a 90 degree curve at a radius of 1,000 mm.
                      • 43 automated guided vehicle systems type CleverMax

                      LMS, which is a 100% subsidiary of Ferrostaal Automotive GmbH in Essen, is a neutral service provider with approx. 420 employees. Every 32 seconds a motor has to be ready at the final assembly line in the Ford factory. This demand takes priority over each and every activity. A longer malfunction of one member may lead to a stoppage in the production of Ford and, consequently, to damage running into millions.