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Collaborative Innovation in Automotive Supply Chain: MODAPTO’s 3rd Use Case with ILTAR and CRF

The 3rd Use Case of MODAPTO involves a collaboration between Iltarbox Industrie Riunite Societa’ Per Azioni (ILTAR), an SME in the polymer material sector, and Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF), representing Stellantis, a leading car manufacturer, in an automotive supply chain. ILTAR is tasked with designing and manufacturing a “smart” Kit-Holder (KH), a novel, inherently modular production module. This kit-holder, used for picking and placing semi-finished products or raw materials, is designed to be reconfigurable, allowing for quick adaptation in production processes. CRF aims to use the KH to enhance automation and efficiency in warehousing and production, promoting better supply chain collaboration.

Within MODAPTO, ILTAR focuses on developing this innovative kit-holder, which is adaptable to different production environments through the rearrangement of its blocks. Equipped with self-awareness capabilities, it allows for efficient monitoring and smarter design decisions, improving the end product’s quality. MODAPTO’s scope also includes optimising production processes, reconfiguring intralogistics, and enhancing outbound logistics, all contributing to the efficient production and delivery of the KH.

On the other end, MODAPTO enables CRF to monitor the KH from its arrival in logistics to its use in warehouses and production lines, aiding in the automation of these processes and early detection of potential delays or quality issues. A key aspect is integrating the KH with Kitting Robot Systems (KRSs) in the warehouse, which pick and place semi-finished parts into KHs for transport to production. Enhancements in the production modules will improve communication with the KH, enabling automatic part identification and optimising picking sequences. This leads to faster cycle times, more efficient picking operations, and reduced bottlenecks in production.

Read the Use Case here.