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Autonomous robots for industry 4.0

We build robots that autonomously transport goods from A to B. The robots are available to employees anytime and anywhere. They can be loaded with internal mail, spare parts, samples and other goods. After the goods have been placed in the robot, the robots are simply sent to the desired location by clicking on the smartphone, tablet or PC. Once the goods have arrived at their destination, the recipient is automatically notified and can open the robot conveniently using a security code. Now the goods can be removed. This way the challenging and expensive kilometers on your company premises are suddenly handled easily and efficiently. Our robots are already on the road on various company premises of Dax-listed companies.

Are you interested in this groundbreaking, cost-saving and smart technology? Do not hesitate and contact us today.

 

 


 

The delivery

We work with a browser-based platform, which has the advantage that your employees can load and unload the robots by using computers, tablets, laptops or their phone. The process of a delivery is very simple. Deliveries are always transparently traceable for the receiver and sender and can only be opened by the receiver, otherwise the robot’s transport compartment is always securely locked.

 

What happens when paths are blocked?
Our robots are 99% autonomous. Thanks to state-of-the-art sensors, they can independently negotiate curbs and intersections. When a robot needs assistance, it can be controlled from our control center for a short time until resuming its autonomous route. This has the advantage that e.g. sudden construction sites, wrongly parked cars, blocking objects on the sidewalk are no insurmountable obstacles for our robots. Thanks to this technology, our robots can deliver reliably at all times.

What can be transported?
Our robots can transport almost anything. An urgent package needs to be sent from the mailroom to another department at the other end of the plant? No problem, one of our robots takes care of it. Our robots already deliver spare parts, office equipment, internal mail etc. We even deliver chemical samples thanks to specially developed inserts and corresponding declarations on the robot. The transport compartment of the robot measures 400 x 340 x 305 mm. Of course, several parts can be delivered at once. A maximum of 15 kilograms can be picked up per robot. On request, we also provide an insulating insert so that temperature-sensitive goods arrive safely.

What makes the robot so safe?
Our robots have different sensors that are combined to an invisible bubble. These include stereo cameras, TOF cameras, distance sensors, radars and an alarm system. In addition, they are easily visible even in bad light conditions thanks to various LEDs, the signal flag and light reflectors. Another great advantage of our service is that we have access to the robots at any time and are available to assist you by phone during the entire service period.


The delivery robot

 

Technical details

Max load
15 kg
Maximum speed
6 km/h
Robot dimensions
697 (L) x 569 (W) x 571 (H) mm (without flag)
Dimensions cargobox
400 (L) x 320 (W) x 340 (H) mm
Kerb weight
25 kg
Operating time
Battery with 1260 watts > 12 hours of driving time
Safety features
ultrasonic sensors, 10 cameras, radar, GPS, alarm system, reflectors, signal flag

 


 

Our services

What we offer you is a carefree package. Through experience on other company sites, we can help you quickly and effectively to meet your needs. Therefore, we not only offer smart deliveries by robot, but also handle the entire customer service for you. Should there be any questions or suggestions from your employees – we will take care of it. Our friendly multilingual customer service staff is always available within seconds. Together with you, we develop new applications and train your employees to be always up to date.

 

 

Process development
Experience has shown us that there is often more internal transport demand than initially assumed. So it can happen that you start with the spare parts department and suddenly the mailroom wants to use the robots as well. This has often led to a lively growth process and more and more departments participate and benefit from the robotic service. We help them to track down this growth potential and develop new applications. It is important to us to successfully deliver even difficult freight. We have built various devices and transport boxes especially for this purpose, e.g. to transport chemical samples or bulky materials like license plates. We have often worked with prototypes in order to quickly check new purposes for their usefulness and, if successful, to standardize and use them.

 

Customer service
Should there be any questions or uncertainties regarding a delivery, our friendly customer service is there for your employees. Our customer service can be reached comfortably by email or via phone. We always work when the robot service is in use at your place, so you can be sure that you always get the support you need. This means that the customer service and support is completely taken care of by us and you can use the service in a relaxed manner. If there is a question, we are there for you. All departments that use the robots are trained and have direct access to our personal customer service.

 

 

Individual needs
As a young, innovative company, it is very important to us to always see new challenges as an opportunity for growth. What does this mean for you? Do you have sensitive transport goods that require a special template for transport? We will look for a solution with you. We have already successfully developed individual transport boxes with partners, found solutions to avoid temperature fluctuations, hazardous material declarations and currently we are working with a partner on an automatic robot unloading system.

 

 

Mapping
Before our robots can drive autonomously, it is necessary that they learn their routes. For this purpose one of our employees manually drives the robot through the delivery area. Then the map material is processed by us. Afterwards all robots can drive autonomously in the mapped area. The so-called “mapping” also enables us to react spontaneously to new situations. For example, we can close a road for a certain period of time during a current construction site. Robots then take an alternative route for the specified time period. Our algorithm for route planning is always based on various variables such as speed, distance and safety, with safety always having the highest priority when choosing the route.

 

Training
Before we start the autonomous deliveries by robot in cooperation with you, all involved employees are personally trained by us. We make them familiar with the hardware and show them step by step how to create and receive deliveries. Should there be any changes in the service, we will of course bring your employees up to date. Should the problem arise, our customer service will be there to help you right away.

 


Your advantages

The last mile is a great challenge for logistics companies. Even on large company premises, this route can quickly become an expensive obstacle. This is where our robots can help. They form an efficient, environmentally friendly network to cover this distance. Far-flung factory halls move closer together with the delivery robots and the work of the employees is considerably simplified. Thanks to the latest sensor technology, the robots are safe and attract attention even in poor lighting conditions thanks to sophisticated LED technology. Even curbs up to 15 centimeters high can be easily climbed thanks to the flexible rear axle. Due to this smart and innovative technology, your company will become a pioneer in the field of digitalization, reduce its carbon footprint and relieve the burden on its employees so that they can put their expertise back to work on the important things.

 


Contactless delivery
By using our robots as delivery vehicles on the last mile, they minimize the contamination of their goods with foreign substances. Our deliveries are made without contact. This minimizes the risk of infectious diseases such as Covid-19. Your employees and their sick leave will be happy.

Green technology
Everyone talks about climate change but no one is acting? With our robots, your company is using a real climate-friendly method and becomes a role model in terms of CO2 neutrality. With our service, we offer you a green, clever alternative to conventional delivery methods. Our robots neither produce climate-damaging greenhouse gases nor do they generate noises. Our delivery robots are electrically driven and rely on gentle lithium-ion batteries. A conventional transporter generates an average of 181 grams of CO2 emissions per delivery. In contrast, our robots deliver emission-free.

 


Questions and answers about the robot

 

Is the robot locked while driving?
Yes, the robots are locked while driving. The sender must open and close the robot to load the robot, only then the robot starts the delivery. The receiver can open the robot via an individual link when the robot has arrived at the final destination.

Can it be ensured that the robot does not drive into dangerous areas?
This can easily be ensured. Hazardous areas are discussed with plant security at the first appointment and marked on the robot’s navigation map.

Can the robot drive an elevator and deliver directly to my office?
Technically this would be possible. To do so, the elevators would have to be state of the art and have a communication protocol that can be used to interact with the Starship robot.

The robot has several cameras, to what extent is data protection guaranteed?
The image of the robot is pixelated from knee height, thus ensuring the privacy of the employees. The data will be deleted from our European servers after 48 hours at the latest, unless the recordings are used to analyze accidents or errors.

Can the robot drive in bad weather conditions?
The robots were developed in Estonia and tested for functionality in different weather conditions. So far the Starship robot was able to drive in any weather.

Can the robot transport hazardous materials?
Yes, the robot can transport hazardous materials. Depending on the substance, danger symbols must be attached to the robot visibly from the outside. The symbols can be removed from the bag in the robot and attached to the magnetic strip tape on the robot body.

Can the loading space be adapted to transport different products?
Yes, depending on the customer, either a separate transport box is used, which can be divided in different ways, or the standard Starship cooling bag, which can be divided into two areas by a partition.

Can the robot transport cooled products?
Yes, the robot is equipped with an insulated bag and can be filled with cool packs or dry ice from Sender if required.

Can the robot’s internal temperature be measured?
Yes, we have the possibility to install temperature loggers in the robot, which can either show the temperature directly to the transmitter on the robot or send an email notification when a certain temperature is exceeded.

 


 

Interested?

Please contact us by e-mail at jan.werum@starship.co or call our service hotline +49 800 515 20 19