M-Tech is discovering potentials of using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for manufacturing and services in indoor environments

On the 20th of March an article titled: “Hent lige en forbinding” (eng. Would you please get a bandage) written byThomas Møller Larsen about future usage of drones in indoor environment was printed in Weekendavisen.

Last modified: 23.04.2015

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Researchers from the Applied Operations Research & Operations Management group from M-tech, together with colleagues from Department of Electronic Systems from Aalborg University and three companies are working on developing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for indoors environments.

A number of challenges exist in flying drones indoors in non-segregated areas. One of these is flying safely and avoiding obstacles and installations, as well as sudden moveable/changed positions of objects. Another is to properly and automatically assign and schedule tasks to UAVs in relation to the manufacturing/service needs. To achieve this, a number of technologies must be developed and enabled to interact. A key task, which is handled by the M-tech group, is to create plans which include movements, operations sequencing, and order splitting/batching for multiple UAVs without collision in a 3-dimensional environment. The aim is to create a high degree of flexibility to the end-users in materials /parts transportation, and hence, improves the efficiency of production and services. Moreover, the ambition in regards to UAV planning and control is to provide an online mode for rescheduling in order to quickly and automatically react to changes in production plans, machine / robot breakdowns etc. Therefore, in order to successfully plan and control UAVs, computationally efficient approaches for scheduling and rescheduling tasks of the multi modal transportation network which can be connected with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems must be developed. The aim is to have a fully automated system where all decisions are made without human intervention. This will enable using UAV to reduce manpower needs, remove personnel from dangerous operations, optimize energy consumption and support a smooth flow of materials – with a path planning and scheduling system for 3D environments – giving production environments an extra dimension of transportation.

Please find article here (only in danish).