“HERBIE” on the move
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The Carrybots business joint venture, a merger with the flexlog start-up based in Karlsruhe, develops, produces and sells a highly flexible, space- and cost-saving driverless transport system (DTS) called “HERBIE”. Gerald Schubert reports on the early business successes: “Sales of our HERBIE are off to a very good start. Its comparatively low purchase price and simple plug & play commissioning make it extremely attractive for many small- and medium-sized companies.” A typical brief for HERBIE is the transport of small load carriers, for which lift trucks or trolleys are often still in use. Another advantage is an online configurator, which customers can use to request a preliminary quote for HERBIE within only a few minutes.
Marcel Meckes, Managing Director at Carrybots, explains the concept of the online configurator, which was developed as part of a master’s thesis at the Institute for Materials Handling and Logistics at KIT: “In our online configurator, the essential specifications of the system are recorded within a few minutes. Based on the input values, the configurator then generates a technical solution concept for HERBIE and directly derives an initial price estimate. With just a few details and clicks, companies can quickly and easily request a non-binding preliminary offer. This lowers entry barriers and enables transparency at an early stage.”
HERBIE is impressively demonstrating its versatility and overall simple and intuitive handling in current field trials with some of Carrybots’ customers. One of the first HERBIE prototypes is currently going into operation at the Schubert founding partner’s facilities. In the long term, DTS solutions are also planned with which larger and heavier products can be transported from A to B without a driver.