Last week, Pågen's employees in Malmöbageriet were able to step straight into the future with the help of VR glasses. Or more precisely: the distribution hall's new customer order pick. The current customer order pick will be gradually expanded and automated to be fully completed in the autumn of 2022.
A digital twin of the sales order pick.
One way to create good conditions in the project is the digital twin that was presented in Malmö last week and which Teamster has developed after having 3D-scanned the entire existing environment. With the help of VR glasses, you experience the feeling of being in a "real facility", and can, for example, try a staircase before it is in place, which creates an understanding of the layout and a chance to discover any shortcomings in good time.
- The virtual model of the facility gives us good opportunities to verify layout in relation to real conditions. All control logic can be tested and optimized, and errors can be corrected in the virtual environment before the physical system is installed. The new Pågenplocken now has a so-called "Digital Twin", says Peter Olsson, automation engineer at Teamster.
Magnus Andersson, distribution manager in Malmö, explains that the project is about increasing the capacity of the unloading:
- At the moment, we produce more bread than we have time to unload. It is not good to have an undercapacity so far out in the flow, the ideal is to have an overcapacity of at least 10-20 percent.
The customer order pick is expanded and a new automated part is installed where the robots both pick and pack, which removes unnecessary parts and gives a doubled capacity on a quarter of the surface. Magnus describes the new facility as well-planned "compact living". The Gothenburg company Teamster is responsible for the total delivery, which develops automation solutions in production processes and already 10 years ago was involved in delivering the current customer order pick. So now it's time for version 1.1.
- We are preparing the premises, the foundation itself, and Teamster is building a turnkey solution. The installation work will start with a first stage this summer and will be completed in the autumn of 2022. It will be a bit of a messy time, but with commitment and careful planning, it should go well and not disrupt regular operations, says Magnus Andersson.
Magnus Andersson is pleased that so many employees have now been able to experience their future work environment virtually and that any shortcomings can be discovered and remedied in advance. It is absolutely crucial to have a facility that has high availability and is reliable and here are given really good conditions for it to be possible.
The next step in the project is to also test the flow with real orders and "virtual" bread boxes so that we can simulate the entire flow, ie. all logic is verified (PLC, HMI, Robots and MES programs) as well as the connection to Pågen's business system.
We at Teamster are looking forward to the next event at Pågen in Malmö, where "sharp" orders are running in the digital twin.