Creform Corporation has designed and built a new custom AGV system to help support the parts supplier's 24/7 production facility. This marks the second time Creform has supplied an AGV to the operation.
The system, which consists of two AGVs, moves stacks of special 30 in. x 20 in. empty trays from the end of the production line back to the starting positions. Each end of the vehicle follows a peel-and-stick guidepath independently to ensure accurate and repeatable tracking in space restrictive areas.
A stack of trays weighs up to 500 lb. and is conveyed on/off the AGV using a powered chain conveyor with side guides. The stacks are then transferred to floor side conveyors for automatic load transfers.
The AGVs are managed by Creform's traffic control system which communicates to each vehicle via 5Ghz radio link. This allows vehicles to safely pass one another and
share some common guidepath sections.
Photocells/sensors are placed along the AGV's transfer conveyor to facilitate slow down and stop functions of the system. The bolt-on bi-directional AGVs are built with a heavy-duty fabricated steel base for strength and rigidity. They travel at a maximum speed of 50 m/min over an approximate 325 ft. guide path. The overall footprint of each of the AGVs is 63 in. long x 31.5 wide (1600 mm x 800 mm).
Each AGV has a total load capacity of 1460 lb. (660 kg) and features a 24-volt system, powered by two 12V AGM batteries.
Company: Creform Corporation
Company URL: http://www.creform.com