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Automated guide vehicle system (AGV) now integrated with modular process line system

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Creform, the adaptable and modular materials handling system for production lines has been integrated with an automated guide vehicle system (AGV) for improved speed and efficiency in material movement. It is available from Industrial Conveying (Aust)

Exclusively handled in Australia by Industrial Conveying (Aust) Pty Ltd, Creform AGV Systems simplify the more complex problems of material movement easily, consistently and economically. These automated guide vehicle systems are battery-powered drive units that follow a magnetic tape guide path.

Drive units attach to vehicles that are built using the Creform pipe and joint system, or to existing carts such as those traditionally pulled by manned tuggers. Creform AGV drive units are also utilised in flexible production lines such as those for building sub assemblies.

Structures are designed and built using the Creform system, with overall costs for the system ending up minimal because creating an AGV to meet exact needs is easy - more than 700 components and accessories are available from Creform.

User specific materials handling and processing designs can be engineered with the engineering expertise of Industrial Conveying.

Creform automated guide vehicle system (AGVs) obviate any need to cut up concrete floors. Available in single and bi-directional units, the AGVs have multiple speeds, a wide range of capacities and a choice of 12 or 24 volt battery systems.

Easy to install and easy to modify when required, Creform automated guide vehicle system drive units are an all-in-one package with integrated drive and steering motors, control circuit board and guide sensor. When needs change the drive units are easily removed and installed on new or modified vehicles providing flexibility and continuous improvement.

Creform’s 42mm pipe provides the strength for transporting heavy components while heavy-duty drive units provide the power to deliver them.

Powered and un-powered roller beds provide efficient load transfers while optical sensors, safety bumpers, lashing lights and audible warning devices are available to help meet automated guide vehicle system safety requirements.

For applications requiring multiple travel routes and/or complex traffic control, a PLC controller can be used in conjunction with position feedback sensors and monitors to provide operational management.

For added efficiency, Creform BST uni-directional tugger provides economies, simplicity and flexibility to an automated guide vehicle system’s installation and operation.

This BST drive unit follows a magnetic tape guide path and easily glides under stationary carts, engaging the cart by extending a catch pin into the cart’s frame. The BST unit then conveys the cart to load/unload points further along the guide path, retracts the pin to disengage from the cart, and is freed to travel to further points and move additional carts to other strategic locations.

Creform BST system allows users to move multiple carts of similar designs, or a variety of carts provided the undercarriages feature the BST interface.

Creform magnetic guide path tape is available in straight rolls and curved sections. After the floor is cleaned this tape is easily laid down and can be coated with an epoxy finish for added durability. In-ground magnetic straps, 3/8" deep by 1/4" wide, are available for high traffic areas, especially those with fork lift traffic. Guide path routes have no limitations and are easily routed around immovable obstacles.

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