Flexible Factory Coordination

The use of the Traffic and Fleet Management System

In factories and plants, many components are working together to make sure that the production meets the demand minimizing risks and resources. Coordinating everything in factories while remaining responsive in case of unexpected events can present an immense challenge, especially when all stakeholders in the process are focused on separate processes. Quantillion solves these challenges with smart and innovative industry solutions that facilitate the communication and cooperation between vehicles, equipment, and operators. This allows the factory to react to internal and external events, such as unexpected situations in the factory or the change of energy and emission prices.

One of these smart industry solutions is the Traffic and Fleet Management System (TMS), a software specifically designed to enable primary aluminum smelters to guarantee safety and stability of operations in environments where mixed traffic is present. This environment of mixed traffic involves ensuring that a fleet of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) is controlled while monitoring the environment with manually driven vehicles, operators, and other objects. By using dynamic planning and scheduling in a digital copy of the environment, the TMS optimizes the operation of the vehicles in the fleet. The dynamic planning and scheduling concept has two main aspects: being responsive to unexpected situations and being able to predict situations and orders. Implementing the planning and operation from the digital factory into the real factory prepares the environment for these unexpected situations and handles all orders safely and efficiently.

The TMS is a responsive and resilient system that can deal with unforeseen situations within the plant and a constantly changing external environment, such as changing demand and energy prices.

As operators, equipment, and vehicles work flexibly in an interconnected system, the plant is controlled in a decentralized way. Furthermore, optimizing planning and scheduling leads to greater utilization of the equipment and higher throughput of the factory. As the TMS from Quantillion enables plants to truly produce in a flexible way, they are prepared for a dynamic future.

Conclusion

  • One of the major challenges faced by aluminium smelters is the coordination of various actors within a factory. And achieving consistent communication while also remaining responsive in case of unexpected events is even a bigger challenge.
  • Traffic and Fleet Management System can help primary aluminium smelters to manage production in a flexible manner while also ensuring safety and stability of operations in environments where mixed traffic is present.