New challenges for VDA 5050

For the first time, two guidance systems will be used, provided by KINEXON and SIEMENS . The vehicles on site will drive with one of the two control stations on each of the two event days. A total of nine units will be driving on the AGV Mesh-Up area in 2023. They are provided by Bosch Rexroth, DS AUTOMOTION, ek robotics, Fraunhofer IML, Grenzebach Group, MLR, OMRON, SAFELOG and STILL.

For the third time, the AGV Mesh-Up will take place as a live test of the VDA 5050 communication interface as part of the TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS on March 29 and 30, 2023 at Messe Dortmund.

In addition, the trade association was able to gain an important partner in Nokia, which will provide a 5G campus network for the AGV Mesh-Up. "With increasing use of IoT and automation solutions in the logistics industry, the need for reliable low-latency wireless connectivity is also growing. This is required by automated guided vehicles (AGVs) or autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to interact with their fleet management software and warehouse management system (WMS). In addition, there is a trend toward collecting telemetry, sensor and video data in real time, shifting computing power away from AGVs and toward edge computing resources on the ground, supported by 5G connectivity. Here, Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (Nokia DAC) and Mission Critical Industrial Edge (MXIE) form the 5G campus network specifically designed for industrial applications," explained Venkatesh Ramakrishnan, Head of Logistics Vertical, Nokia Enterprise.

The AGV Mesh-Up will take place in a special exhibition area at TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS 2023 from March 29 - 30, 2023 in Exhibition Hall 3 in Dortmund, Germany. Info and tickets for trade visitors are available at

The AGV Mesh-Up was created by the VDMA trade association together with its members to test the practicality of the interface. For the participating member companies, the worldwide unique event offers the optimal environment to put their vehicles and software through their paces in terms of VDA 5050. For spectators, the AGV Mesh-Up offers the opportunity to experience the functions of the interface as well as vehicles and master controllers live. In addition, a personal exchange with the developers and product managers is possible on site. For the first time, driverless transport systems drove together under one control system via VDA 5050 at the world premiere in 2021. The interface project was initiated by the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association and the German Association of the Automotive Industry VDA and implemented as an open source project with the support of the KIT Institute for Materials Handling and Logistics Systems IFL.

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