November 2018

Collaboration with Siasun Robot & Automation of China.

In Shanghai visiting the headquarters of Siasun Robot&Automation Co., Ltd the leading robot manufacturer in China. Thank you Philo Xu, Rachel Xiao and the extended team for the warm hospitality. Looking forward to the exciting new collaborations planned with Tradiebot Industries.

Jason Miller appointed Chief Operating Officer of Tradiebot

Tradiebot Industries announces the appointment of Jason Miller as Chief Operating Officer, assigned to drive the company’s developments of Industry 4.0 technology solutions and the businesses operational development. Mr Miller combines a background in business and advanced technology development with over 20 years’ experience in the automotive sector including senior roles at Futuris Automotive, Clutch Industries and Delphi Automotive Systems, and more recently with Swinburne University of Technology in business development and research project management, specialising in product development, advanced manufacturing technologies and robotics systems.

Jason’s appointment will add strength to the Tradiebot extended engineering and project development team, now close to 20 strong.

Tradiebot is developing a number of technology solutions that will transform collision repair processes with the use of artificial intelligent systems, automation, unmanned ground services vehicles, and virtual/augmented reality platforms for service technicians and training.

Tradiebot Industries is collaborating with key industry partners PPG, Capital SMART, AMA/Gemini, Belron International, and GE Additive. Current innovation projects with universities including Swinburne University of Technology and the University of NSW, are co-funded by the federal government via the Innovative Manufacturing Collaborative Research Centre (IMCRC) and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC). The last 12 months have been instrumental as we establish our position as one of the industries key innovators. 2019 is shaping up to be a massive leap forward, working with our partners involved with testing prototypes, systems development and roll out of a number of innovative solutions.

ZF gets green light for drone deliveries in Germany

ZF is the first company in Germany to receive official approval for automated drone flights over factory premises. A drone prototype has recently started flying spare parts such as sensors or control cards from the central warehouse to workshops.

As soon as the test flights are complete and drones properly deployed, such flights will relieve vehicle traffic at the plant and save time on the up to one kilometre-long delivery routes that are often on the upper floors of buildings.

In the long term, packages could even be delivered outside of factory premises, for example to facilitate package delivery in residential areas that are difficult to access.

The six-motor drone can transport up to five kilograms in weight by air – or three kilograms of goods after taking into account the grippers and transport box.

This is sufficient for the vast majority of spare parts and tools that need to be transported on company premises. Safety is also a top priority when transporting goods by drone. The 30 km/h hexacopter mainly flies over the roofs of plant buildings and only crosses driveways and sidewalks where there is no alternative.

“At the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover this year, we showed the technologies which we are developing to enable the autonomous depot. With the drone, we are taking the transport chain to the next level,” said Fredrik Staedtler, head of ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Technology division.

“With approvals for automated drone flights from the Stuttgart Regional Administrative Authority and the German Air Traffic Control DFS, we can accelerate logistics processes in the plant and at the same time strengthen our technological leadership position.

“Chief Maintenance Technician Michael Wiest took advantage of ‘agile working’ at ZF and very quickly and creatively implemented logistics-by-drone from an initial idea.

“He pushed the project forward when policymakers were only considering allowing fully automated drone flights but had not yet drafted legal provisions,” continued Staedtler.

Drones, mostly equipped with cameras, could until now only be used privately or commercially for mapping, monitoring factory fences or surveying, for example. ZF is now the first company in Germany to use automated drones to transport goods on its plant premises.

“We still need to make some adjustments to achieve a completely smooth flight before our delivery drone can be permanently integrated into the logistics process chain,” said Matthias Haberstroh, head of Supply Chain Management at ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Technology division.

“The transport system was extensively tested by our supplier, but we still had to further test a number of different navigation sensors on site in Friedrichshafen which also ensure precise positioning between the plant halls.”

In the mid-term, other companies could also use the delivery drones industrialised by ZF on their premises. In the long-term, delivery drones could also be used outside of protected factory premises to support couriers, express and parcel services.

Tradiebot Appoints Chief Systems Engineer

Tradiebot Industries is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Shilong Liu as our Chief Systems Engineer. Dr Liu will oversee the development of our smart systems. He will lead the team in creating artificial intelligent platforms that will harvest the data needed to manage Tradiebot automated networks and Industry 4.0 solutions. We congratulate and welcome Dr Liu to our team.