Hanwha to build logistics automation facility for Nexen Tire’s Czech factory

Hanwha has closed a deal on a $79.26 million project to build a logistics automation system and facility for Nexen Tire in the Czech Republic.

A major Nexen Tire Czech plant is being built in Zatec, 70 km northwest of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

The plant will serve as Nexen’s tire production base in Europe as the location lends itself to easy access to key markets in Europe including the UK, France, and Germany.   Continue reading Hanwha to build logistics automation facility for Nexen Tire’s Czech factory

Audi to make Ray robot workers more productive

A Ray robot, made by Serva Transport Systems, picks up and moves an Audi car at its Ingolstadt plant
A Ray robot, made by Serva Transport Systems, picks up and moves an Audi car at its Ingolstadt plant

Car giant completes tests of autonomous logistics robot at its Ingolstadt plant

German automaker Audi is to increase the productivity of robots working within its logistics operations.

The company has been conducting tests involving autonomous robots it calls “Ray” for more than a year.

In exclusive comments to Robotics and Automation News, Audi’s project manager for driverless transport, Christine Widbiller said: “Currently we have four Rays working at the logistics department and they are fully integrated in the transporting process.”  Continue reading Audi to make Ray robot workers more productive

Industrial Networks prepares to launch rail automation drone

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The INet drone

Industrial Networks (INet) is launching a drone that it says is “capable of fully autonomous scanning of the railyard for inventory and inspection of a railcar”. The company has been developing the drone since 2005, and last year applied to the authorities for a drone flying licence.

INet says the drone has transformed the rail industry for shippers and provided tools to automate the complete process of rail and truck shipping.

INet’s stationary and mobile Automated Equipment Identification (AEI) readers provide pivotal rail and truck shipment management for control over in-plant operations. This automation reduces the occurrence of errors and improves overall productivity for shippers across North America.  Continue reading Industrial Networks prepares to launch rail automation drone

Greentree Logistics switches to automated payment system

automated payment systems, logistics automationGreentree Logistics has decided to implement VersaPay’s cloud-based automated invoicing, accounts receivable management and payment solutions system, ARC.

“The transportation industry is incredibly competitive and to set Greentree apart we have reimagined the carrier experience. We have selected VersaPay to help us deliver on that enhanced experience,” says Abbey Van Vynckt, VP of finance at Greentree.

“The ARC platform will save our customers a lot of time and allow them to make payments online in a PCI (payment card industry) compliant environment.  Continue reading Greentree Logistics switches to automated payment system