New colleagues: Transport robots R2 and 3PO
In January 2018, R2 and 3PO started work at the Sauer production facilities. Employees chose these names – based on the Star Wars films – although the new arrivals are actually two self-propelled transport robots. The two vehicles, which can independently navigate, avoid obstructions and automatically stop, will transport small parts from the warehouse to the paint shop. Their technical features only allow movements at walking speed. As a result, they can share the transport routes with people and industrial trucks. The risk assessment for the transport systems has been documented and will be incorporated into annual safety briefings.