Automated guided vehicles: Concept study

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Logistics capsules – self-driving, standardized vehicles for transporting goods – can facilitate uninterrupted supply chains for intralogistics. They can transport packaging units of goods both within a single plant and from one plant to another. Handling assistants are versatile, mobile, autonomous and cooperative robots. Thanks to their "Human Robot Cooperation" (HRC) functionality, they support human abilities and considerably reduce physical exertion required of your employees.

Our product

MAXOLUTON® urban logistics assistant , the innovative delivery robot for the last mile

MAXOLUTION® logistics Capsule MAXO-MS-CA015 up to 1350 kg payload

MAXOLUTION® handling assistant MAXO-MS-HA001 up to 10 kg payload

Your benefits

  • Strain relief for employees

    Its robotic gripper arms take over the physically strenuous parts of the procedure
  • Smooth-running process sequences

    Integrates cutting-edge technology for location, navigation, and communications
  • Fast, wear-free transport

    MOVITRANS® contactless energy transfer system operates by induction and can be used as a line cable and for intermittent point charging

The innovative delivery robot for the last mile


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The delivery robot is all-wheel drive with four CMP40M synchronous motors with P5CG22 precision gearboxes. This enables high torques for safe travel in a wide range of environmental conditions. The steering axis is turned solely by the difference in speed at the drive wheels without an additional steering actuator.

The unique combination of oscillating axle and articulated steering arm ensures that the wheels are in permanent contact with the ground, even on uneven surfaces.

Power is supplied without contact via MOVITRANS® technology using point charges in the ground. This makes the charging system virtually maintenance-free and robust against environmental influences. In addition, fast-charging LTO energy storage units with extremely high cycle stability are installed.

Technical data

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Installed technology from SEW-EURODRIVE:

  • MOVI-C® CONTROLLER progressive UHX65A
  • MOVISAFE® HM31 safety technology
  • MOVITRANS® contactless energy transfer
  • EXK22A energy coupler
  • CMP40M synchronous motors
  • P5CG precision gear units

Winner at Parcel and Postal Technology Awards 2022


The innovative delivery robot - urban MAXOLUTON® logistics assistant - was developed for last-mile deliveries. Thanks to its numerous technical features, the delivery robot makes urban logistics in the last mile more economical and sustainable than current delivery traffic. This will greatly reduce traffic congestion in residential areas.

As part of the Postal Technology International Awards 2022 at the Parcel + Post Expo 2022 trade fair, SEW-EURODRIVE received the "Last Mile Delivery Innovation of the Year" award. The award went to the urban MAXOLUTON® logistics assistant - an innovative delivery robot for the last mile with MOVITRANS® contactless energy transmission and the innovative SAFS (Safe AC Field Stop) safety function.

Logistics capsule MAXO-MS-CA015


Logistic capsule
  • Self-driving, standardized goods transport vehicle
  • Autonomous transport of goods in packaging units
  • Transport within and outside of a plant
  • Autonomous interaction with other systems involved for a smooth exchange of goods
  • Continuous logistics chain (data and material flow level)

Technical data

  • Dimensions: L = 1000 mm, W = 1000 mm, H = 300 mm
  • Weight: min. 450 kg
  • Payload: up to 1350 kg
  • Speed: max. 1.5 m/s
  • Positioning accuracy: +/-2 mm to +/-10 mm
  • Power supply: inductive charging, energy storage unit
  • Navigation: free contour navigation, camera system, RFID*
  • Communication: WLAN
  • Drive concept: Differential drive
  • Travel time: up to 40 minutes
  • Curve radius: 3 m at 0.5 m/s

*RFIDradio-frequency identification

Autonomous transport of goods in crates or on pallets

Wouldn't it be a huge relief in terms of work and costs for your manufacturing operation if you could just dispense with forklifts? Imagine instead having your materials picked up at the warehouse in crates or pallets and delivered to the production hall by intelligent, fully autonomous goods transport vehicles. Technologies that have hardly left the drawing board elsewhere have already become reality here at SEW‑EURODRIVE.

Our self-driving logistics capsules open and close using a roller shutter door. If necessary, the capsules can be loaded and unloaded manually by employees. Intelligent communications technology allows safe, unproblematic collaboration between humans and technology.

As a cyber-physical system (CPS), the logistics capsule is able to interact with any other assistance systems integrated into business processes. It always knows exactly what it currently has loaded, and it finds the best way to get the goods to the right place at the right time all by itself.

Handling assistent MAXO-MS-HA001


Highly automated guided vehicle system, on which there is a yellow KUKA robot with gripper arm and control unit, deployed against a white background
Handling assistant
Handling assistant
  • Optimized support of human capabilities by means of a mobile, autonomous, cooperative robot
  • Diverse array of potential uses thanks to a variety of grippers:
    • Assembly and joining processes
    • Automated machine loading
    • Automated machine unloading
  • Mobile platform for maximum flexibility

Load handling devices:

  • Kuka robots which use the KRC4 Compact as a controller
  • Alternative robot
  • Application-specific tools


  • Pick-and-place activities
  • Assembly and joining activities
  • Commissioning activities
  • Loading and unloading of containers/machines

Technical data

  • Dimensions: L = 1000 mm, W = 780 mm, H = 850 mm
  • Weight: Min. 700 kg
  • Payload: Max. 400 kg
  • Speed: Max. 1 m/s
  • Robot speed: 2 m/s (linear)
  • Positioning accuracy: +/-5 mm to +/-10 mm
  • Power supply: inductive charging, double-layer capacitor
  • Navigation: free contour navigation, camera system, RFID*
  • Communication: VLC, WLAN
  • Drive concept: Differential drive
  • Travel time: up to 3 minutes
  • Curve radius: 1 m at 0.5 m/s

*RFIDradio-frequency identification

A robot arm assumes physically strenuous work

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Mobile handling assistants with different robot gripper arms are used in the Smart Factory to relieve the workload of the staff. They can be used in production in a variety of ways. In the production area, for example, handling assistants with magnetic grippers can assume the physically stressful "reaching into the crate". They thereby remove unsorted unmachined parts and blanks from crates and place them on a feed belt. After machining, another handling assistant collects the finished parts and converts them for the next work step.

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