T-ONE, Toyota’s in-house developed automation software, is installed as an integration layer communicating with the Toyota Autopilot automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and existing infrastructure such as warehouse management systems, goods identification and other material handling equipment. T-ONE offers a modern, service-based architecture, with well-defined API’s (Application Programming Interface) for easy integration to the platform.
The intelligent software offers operational robustness and flexibility for easy scaling of your operations and quick commissioning. This makes it suitable for applications with a significant number of vehicles. The solution can be configured for a variety of flows and provides a customisable user interface for the operator supporting manual interaction with the AGV system, the Autopilots. T-ONE provides a set of performance metrics, with graphs presented in the user interface.
T-ONE can start orders in several ways to suit your operation, for example via your Warehouse Management System (WMS), buttons pushed by operators at work stations (Toyota offers CallMe Screen/CallMe buttons) or customisable web GUIs suitable for mobile devices. Also I/O signals (typically photocells, physical buttons or PLCs) or barcode scanners (handheld, or mounted on a conveyor) can be used to initiate an order.
The destination of an order can be determined when initiating the order or dynamically after ID scanning at pick-up. The automation software from Toyota also allows you via the tables feature to select a destination based on a scanned value, an I/0 signal, or any other value. This mapping can be controlled by the operator and can be for example different in the morning than in the afternoon.
T-ONE manages the sequence in which the orders are carried out: different priorities can be handled by the WMS, T-ONE or a first-in first-out concept can be used. An order can be set to handle a single transport, to empty a full lane or an entire area. An order can be executed in various flow presets:
T-ONE provides a set of performance metrics, with graphs presented in the user interface to visualise the performance of the system:
T-ONE provides user management to support secure handling of the AGV System:
Toyota’s automation software can integrate with systems at your site, such as:
The Autopilot vehicles can be equipped with lead-acid or li-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries allow for opportunity and automated charging.
With the battery management function, rules can be set up about when the vehicles in the system should charge. The optimal charging scheme depends on factors such as the customer layout, required throughput, vehicle fleet and battery type. The Autopilots from Toyota support fallback charging, opportunity charging and scheduled charging.