VDL Groep and Prime Vision have been jointly producing robots for the American market. Delft-based Prime Vision has developed the Robotic Sorting concept, the sorting of shipments by so-called Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs). VDL Industrial Modules from Helmond has taken responsibility for the production of the AMRs. More than 750 robots will be deployed at various locations in the United States to sort parcels faster and more efficiently. This order is worth several million euros.
The collaboration between Prime Vision and VDL Groep stretches beyond the production activities of VDL Industrial Modules. VDL Industries Gainesville, located in the US state of Georgia, has taken on production of the battery-charging stations and VDL TBP Electronics in Dirksland (South-Holland) produces PCBAs: printed circuit board assemblies with electronic components. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Mobile Robots, Autonomous Vehicles, and Drones in Logistics, Warehousing, and Delivery 2020-2040.
Prime Vision specializes in computer vision integration and robotics, working with the latest techniques, including artificial intelligence. The company started 30 years ago with recognizing and sorting mail and expanded their range over the years to package recognition technology, initially for postal companies. Over the past year, the services have expanded to the e-commerce industry.
"VDL is an essential partner in the production of the robots and seamlessly complements our competences in the field of computer vision and robotics solutions," says director Eddy Thans of Prime Vision. Prime Vision has agreed with its US client that hundreds of robots will be delivered this year. That is why the company has sought cooperation with VDL Groep. At the Helmond-based operating company VDL Industrial Modules, parts for the autonomous mobile robots are produced, assembled and prepared for shipment.
"The production of these robots fits in perfectly with the core activities of VDL Industrial Modules" says director Peter van der Horst of VDL Industrial Moduls. "The collaboration with Prime Vision is going very well. We have been given space by Prime Vision to further optimize the design of the robots for assembly. In addition, even in this challenging period characterized by material shortages, we have succeeded in setting up a supply chain together."
About Prime Vision
Prime Vision is a global leader in computer vision integration and robotics for logistics and e-commerce. As an award-winning company, Prime Vision designs and integrates solutions using the latest recognition, identification, and robotics techniques to optimize the automation of sorting processes. Prime Vision's latest innovations include the Flow Projector (Projection Sorting) to help operators sort packages faster and easier, and Robotic Sorting (Autonomous Sorting by robots) to quickly scale up sorting operations. Headquartered in Delft, the Netherlands, 150 experts provide comprehensive market and domain knowledge to digital companies around the world.
About VDL Groep
Strength through collaboration. That is the basis of VDL Groep, the international industrial family business with its head office in Eindhoven. This company was founded in 1953 by Pieter van der Leegte. Initially, VDL Groep specialized in metalworking. When Pieter's son Wim van der Leegte took over the company in 1966, specialties were, amongst others, in high-tech supplies for the semiconductor industry and the portfolio was supplemented with plastics processing and the development, production and sale of buses. VDL Groep is large in supplies and semi-finished products, makes its own end products, such as suspension systems, the automated layout of car factories, heat exchangers and container handling systems, and with VDL Nedcar in Born it has the only passenger car factory in the Netherlands where serial assembly takes place for third parties. VDL Groep innovates through a combination of craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and high-quality machines. The group of companies combines the strength of a multinational with the flat organization and the open, informal working atmosphere of a family business where career opportunities and continuity are given priority. Since 2016, the third generation of the Van der Leegte family has been at the helm of the company. VDL Groep is active in 20 countries with more than 15,000 employees. The group comprises 105 operating companies, each with its own specialism, that cooperate closely. Combined annual sales in 2020 amounted to 4.686 billion euros.
Source and top image: Prime Vision