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Enabling flexible material flow for smart warehouses and smart factories

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Celluveyor (Enabling flexible material flow for smart warehouses and smart factories)

Reporting period: 2020-05-01 to 2021-04-30

Conveyor technology in distribution centres and manufacturing plants has not changed much over the past decades; yet exponential growth in e-commerce and product variety as well as consumer demand for rapid and customised delivery mean that logistics need to be faster and more flexible at reduced costs. This trend has been supported by the ongoing pandemic situation around the world.
Cellumation has invented the celluveyor, a modular, omni-directional conveyor technology, which is a completely new approach to material flow. With the celluveyor, we will revolutionize material flow in the same way that robots revolutionized production back in the 1980s: instead of the rigid and inflexible conveyors currently available, we offer a modular, Lego-like system that takes up to 95% less space and enables any number of objects to be moved in any direction and independently from each other. This is only possible through software-driven conveying. The celluveyor system is our core product: optimizing it for a wide range of logistics functions and customer types is the core of our strategy. The work to be carried out during the EIC project includes a reduction in the cost of cells and expanded software functionality, which will enable us to sell the system profitably and at scale for all functionalities.
Within the reported project period the following results have been produced so far in all categories: hardware development, software development and business model. The cell hardware has been optimized mechanically as well as electrically. Different designs have been developed, tested and evaluated. The software has been extended and enhanced in various aspects, e.g. regarding performance, reliability and added features. Those have been tested internally as well as externally with clients. On an organizational level the business models and use cases have been refined and extended based on the results and objectives of the EIC project.
The following progress could already be achieved: On hardware level, the environment conditions, in which the cells can operate have been extended and tested thoroughly and a higher IP protection class (IP54) was confirmed by an external test institution. On the software level, e.g. the motion control was optimized, which leads to even reduced noise levels and increased ergonomics. This has a noticeable impact on the working conditions for personnel. Business models have been extended to specifically target requirements that have been exacerbated by the pandemic situation.
Exemplary functionality - Palletizing / Depalletizing system; top view
Exemplary functionality - Palletizing / Depalletizing system; side view
New cell design includ. hardware upgrades developed during EIC project