Every manager dreams of putting his or her facility on cruise control. The new Autocruiser from Schaefer might help make that possible. Autocruiser is a transport system that may save as much as 30 to 40 percent compared with conventional conveying costs. It is designed for transporting products through work cells and pick stations, or between adjoining warehouses. It is ideal for looped systems, the company says.
The system features small, self-powered wheeled carriages that run on a modular track that can include curves, merges, diverts, inclines, and declines. The carriages can carry totes and boxes weighing up to 30 kilograms, or about 70 pounds. Small electronic motors in the carriages are battery powered and recharge on the move as they pass over charging strips in the track. The system can make up to 600 transports per hour, and because the carriages only move when there is product to convey, the Autocruiser can also save up to 85 percent of the energy costs of typical conveying systems.