Moving extremely heavy loads via floor conveyors with radio remote control has always been risky in areas with foot traffic. By utilising the latest control systems Kuka and STW have developed an innovative solution to this problem that promises to eliminate the risk entirely while meeting all relevant functional safety standards.
An article that was originally published in iVT International magazine details the process that led to the development of this new type of monitoring for floor conveyors without a driver's cabin, a system which incorporates a safety orientated, freely programmable controller.
In the article STW Project Manager Christoph Filser, Vice Manager R&D/Functional Safety Manager Rolf Jung and Computer Scientist Tobias Heilig discuss the development of the Kuka OmniMove, an extremely agile type of drive for a floor conveyor that provides unlimited manoeuvrability in all directions, as well as rotation on the spot.
The OmniMove's omnidirectional drive wheels allow a floor conveyor to be freely navigated and steered in all directions by remote control, even in the narrowest spaces, boasting a positional accuracy of up to ±1mm. When compared with conventionally steered wheels the logistics area required can be reduced by up to 50% and the production area correspondingly increased.
The full text of the iVT International article can be viewed by clicking here.
Sensor-Technik Wiedemann (STW) is represented in Australia by CAN Automotion .