DÜRR AGV EcoProFleet

Smart industrial design meets automation

In order for the vision of lean, flexible and self-controlling production processes of Industry 4.0 to become reality, new automated intralogistics are needed. This task is performed by Automated Guided Vehicles, AGVs for short, which independently transport components, assemblies, raw materials or in this case: painted car bodies to the respective processing stations where they can be inspected visually.

Paint shops become flexible

With "EcoProFleet", Dürr Systems the market leader in paint finishing systems offers an AGV that has been specifically designed for use in painting lines. At first glance it differs from normal AGVs mainly in its low overall height of 335 millimeters. Thanks to this low-profile design "EcoProFleet" can interact directly with Dürr's modular workstation systems. "EcoProFleet" is able to pick up a completely painted car body using its fixing pins and transports it into the modular light tunnel for a final inspection of the paint quality.

Dynamically designed chassis

The design clearly distinguishes "EcoProFleet" from other AGVs. For example, the creative team at defortec has elegantly integrated the laser scanners into the corners of the vehicle’s chassis. The light strips that are used as directional indicators but also as status lights are placed inside the AGV’s corners as well. Although the chassis has a rectangular shape, it has a very dynamic effect - acheived by inclined surfaces between the corners.

Glass as a material with a double benefit

The real design highlight however is the glass surface precisely placed on the top side. Their transparency allows a view of the internal technology, the AGV presents itself open and not as a black box. To facilitate maintenance and reduce downtimes, defortec has ensured that the interior is easily accessible. Divided into four areas, the entire cover can be opened. The glass also protects the AGV - from being stepped on.

In the first test vehicles built by Dürr themselves, the upper side was made of a checker plate. A material usually used to cover floor areas visually encouraged people to walk on it inevitably provoking damage and in the end failure of the robot. Even large warning symbols could not neutralize the visual step-on-invitation of the sheet metal structure. Now, with the fragile-looking but in reality very stable glass surface, the problem has been solved. Defortec's intelligent industrial design makes targeted use of psychological effects like this. And anyway: Smart technology needs smart design.

Excellent innovation design

Defortec has been working for Dürr Systems for some time now. For example, the modular cabin system that now forms the framework for "EcoProFleet" was developed jointly.

The jury of the reddot design award also recognized the innovative nature of the industrial design of the "EcoProFleet" concept and awarded the vehicle the "best of the best" seal of quality in 2020. This is an award that Dürr Systems also deservedly received since the company's design-oriented engineering also contributed to achieving this high level of esthetic quality.

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"Organisches Design"

Das organische Design ist der Natur nachempfunden. In dieser Designform wird das Augenmerk auf die natürlichen Formen und Schwingungen gelegt. Große Aushöhlungen wie sie auch in der Natur vorkommen, geschwungene, stromförmige Linien und dynamische Rundungen sind ein Teil des organischen Designs. Im Gegensatz zu dem geometrischen Produktdesign, das sich sehr klar und sachlich präsentiert ist das organische Produktdesign wie die Natur voller Überraschungen. Die fließenden Formen inspiriert durch die Natur sind heute zutage aus der Design Welt nicht mehr wegzudenken. Es gibt klare Tendenzen zu dem organischen Design und viele Architekten und Produkt Designer sind sehr geprägt von dieser Design-Form (Beispiele hierfür sind: Philippe Starck, Luigi Colani, Ron Arad uvm.). Das harmonisch elegante Design sieht nicht nur schön aus sondern ist oftmals ergonomisch geformt. Mit hochwertigen Materialien passend zum Produkt ist das organische Design voll im Trend.