L4MS will provide complete digitalization (Open Platform for Innovations in Logistics [OPIL] + Visual Components®) to enable cost effective deployment of exceptionally small and flexible logistics solutions requiring no infrastructure change, no production downtime and no in-house expertise, while making investment in logistics automation extremely attractive for manufacturing SMEs. Using OPIL and 3D Simulations, the AEs will conceive highly autonomous, configurable and hybrid (human-robot) logistics solutions driven by the business needs of the manufacturing SMEs.
The availability of OPIL will enable new actors in the business value chain. More system integrators, platform service providers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) will become the stakeholders in the logistics automation. The existing infrastructure can be utilized at a fraction of current prices and procured as a PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service) as per need. The system integrators with the availability of open interfaces will be able to provide highly customized solutions to the regional manufacturing SMEs.
L4MS will drastically simplify the entry of system integrators into the logistics automation chain. The business model of small system integrators allows the development and delivery of highly customized, one of a kind and tailored solutions for individual SMEs, which is not an attractive proposition for AGV manufacturers.