SYNAOS, a software provider for AI-optimized intralogistics, has gained ZF – one of the world’s largest technology groups and automotive suppliers – as a new customer for its cloud-based intralogistics management platform SYNA.OS LOGISTICS.
SYNAOS optimises the control of automated guided vehicles (AGV) in intralogistics for ZF. In the future, heterogeneous AGV fleets are to be used in all conceivable scenarios with maximum efficiency.
The decision in favour of the SYNAOS solution was preceded by an intensive selection process lasting several months. The decisive factors in favour of SYNA.OS LOGISTICS were the far-reaching possibilities for increasing efficiency and the unparalleled flexibility of the solution in the use of heterogeneous AGV fleets. The consistently positive experiences of well-known OEMs in the industrial use of the SYNAOS software also played an important role.
Already this year, SYNA.OS LOGISTICS will be used in numerous projects at different ZF locations. The goal is to continuously optimize intralogistics processes at ZF with the help of state-of-the-art AI algorithms and by utilising all available data.
Harald Gärtner, coordinator for the implementation of a wide variety of AGV fleets in the ZF Group, said: “The increasing number of projects and complexity in the area of automated guided vehicles makes standardisation across all our global locations necessary. SYNAOS has already impressively demonstrated its capabilities with its AI-based software for intralogistics with other customers. In addition to the performance of SYNA.OS LOGISTICS, the know-how and passion of the SYNAOS team convinced us.”
Dr. Wolfgang Hackenberg, co-founder and CEO of SYNAOS, said: “Digitalisation and automation are penetrating more and more business areas. With our product, we are closing a significant gap in intralogistics, which will result in a substantial increase in efficiency for our customers. In addition, our solution is characterised by fast scalability, manufacturer-independent control and coordination, as well as simple and flexible connection to existing systems.”
Early on, SYNAOS relied on VDA 5050, a communication standard jointly developed by the VDA and VDMA, to control different transport robots. Today, SYNAOS is one of the leading providers and offers an extremely robust and finely balanced traffic management of heterogeneous AGV fleets. This means that even completely different vehicles, such as tugger trains and underride AGVs, can be deployed flexibly and without interference in the same driving areas.
The assignment of individual vehicles to static routes is no longer necessary. Well-known AGV manufacturers, such as SEW Eurodrive, MLR System, Kuka, Tünkers, Safelog and Götting, already rely on SYNAOS software.
Pictured (from left): Lennart Bochmann Co-Founder and CPO SYNAOS, Nicolas Galanulis Account Manager SYNAOS, Harald Gärtner Coordinator for the implementation of a wide variety of AGV fleets in the ZF Group.