Updated: Sep 23, 2020
BMW Group has selected the new NVIDIA Isaac™ robotics platform and LIPSedge AE400 Industrial 3D Camera to enhance its automotive factories — utilizing logistics robots built on advanced AI computing and visualization technologies.
BMW Group’s supply chain takes millions of parts flowing into a factory from more than 4,500 supplier sites, involving 230,000 unique part numbers, and in growing volumes as BMW Group’s car sales have doubled over the past 10 years to 2.5 million vehicles. This creates an immense challenge for factory logistics.
To optimize the enormous complexity of this material flow, autonomous AI-powered logistics robots now assist the current production process in order to assemble highly customized vehicles on the same production line.
The collaboration centers on implementing an end-to-end system based on NVIDIA technologies — from training and testing through to deployment — with robots developed using one software architecture, running on NVIDIA’s open Isaac robotics platform. BMW Group’s objective is to enhance logistics factory flow to produce custom-configured cars more rapidly and efficiently. Once developed, the system will be deployed to BMW Group factories worldwide.
LIPSedge AE400 is an Industrial 3D camera that supports GigE with PoE & IP67 rating. It is NVIDIA Isaac™ certified and compatible with latest NVIDIA Isaac™ 2020.1 SDK. Once deployed, LIPSedge AE400 can provide 3D Vision with the robots, addressing perception, segmentation, pose estimation and human pose estimation to perceive their environment, detect objects, navigate autonomously and move objects.