Flanders Make

Survey and Experimental review of commercial Robot Fleet Management Solutions

Flanders Make

Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. Our mission is to strengthen the long-term international competitiveness of the Flemish manufacturing industry. That’s why we work together with SMEs and large companies on pre-competitive, industry-driven technological research, resulting in concrete product and production innovation in the vehicle industry, the manufacturing industry, and production environments.

Goal of the internship

Several manufacturing companies have begun to tap into the potentiality of mobile robots in order to incorporate automation into their processes. To manage and control multiple robots operating within the units, Fleet Management System is implemented. Fleet Management System enables the complete and centralized management of the robot fleet, allowing the users or operators to manage the different mobile robotics systems from various devices through standard communication protocols.

The Fleet Management System includes:

  • Graphical User Interface
  • A scheduler to plan missions
  • Management and assignment of tasks.
  • Route planning.
  • Fleet monitoring (location of each robot, status, battery level, mission in progress, etc.)
  • Monitoring of events and alarms (both of the robots and the controllers that manage the communication with elevators, doors, and loading/unloading docks)

The standard operation of a robot fleet requires the periodic execution of transport operations. These are defined within the Fleet Management System as “missions” and are managed within a dynamic database which is remotely accessible. Fleet Management System offers a superior layer of abstraction which enables interaction with the entire fleet of robots as if it were a single system.

The goal of this internship is survey off-the-shelf available Fleet Management System solutions and perform experimental review highlighting and comparing their capabilities and features in terms of vendor-independency, integrability with higher/lower abstraction layer, robot drivers support, communication standards, etc. This state of the art review will allow to assess the different solutions in the market following gap analysis to compare the capabilities of the solutions and how these can fulfill the industrial needs with the regards to transport control solutions and what are the missing blocks hindering the utilization of these solutions. Demonstration scenario will consist of multiple (min 2 up to 4) multi-vendor vehicles centrally controlled by the Fleet Management System.

Learning target: you will learn how to ….

  • How autonomous transport systems can be controlled.
  • How to drive and operate an AGV/AMR.
  • Work with the hard- and software of multiple AGVs/AMRs.
  • What is path planning, order scheduling and how do they tie together?
  • How different modules within a unified control frameworks can interact.
  • How to develop vehicle drivers for higher abstraction layer
  • Use multiple programming languages (Java/Python/C++) on different operating systems.

Profile Student

  • Bachelor degree in mechanical, electrical, control or mechatronic engineering;
  • Basic knowledge of Linux operating systems and networking;
  • Basic Knowledge of Java/C++/Python programming languages;
  • Passionate by research and new technologies with focus on applications for autonomous guided vehicles/autonomous mobile robots;
  • Result oriented, responsible and proactive;
  • A good communicator, able to communicate in English;
  • Eager to learn and a team player.

Only EEA or Swiss nationals can be accepted for internships due to work permit regulations.

Practical Data

This assignment is an internship but can also be executed by a thesis student from a Belgian university.

The assignment is for 6 months and takes place at the offices of Flanders Make offices located in Leuven and/or Kortrijk, Belgium.

For internships:

all software and hardware needed for the execution of the project will be provided by Flanders Make.

  • Locatie: Gaston Geenslaan 8, 3001 Leuven / Karel de Goedelaan 5, 8500 Kortrijk


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