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Automated Kitting Cart Delivery System

Creform has designed and built the model HA-A50060 AGV with kitting cart to an automotive assembly plant operation. The model is single direction with 90° and 180° spin/turn capability and allows moving kitting carts from the supermarket storage area to the main line. The cart sequences with the line for single piece flow and provides flexibility for movement along its peel and stick magnetic tape guide path. It can travel at speeds up to 50 m/min. and has an estimated towing capacity of 1,320 lbs. (600 kg).

The unit is part of a seven-vehicle system for the assembler. The single direction AGV basically travels in a loop with two stops. At the unload station, the associate will transfer carts manually from the AGV onto the deck. Once the kitting cart is removed, the AGV performs a single 90° spin turn on its restart. A powered mechanical gate dropdown for load transfers with line side decking. This simple but effective mechanism ensure loads are held securely aboard the AGV during travel. Loads will manually transfer on/off one side of the AGV.

The WiFi enabled and custom designed steel AGV frame provides for a 50-course programming capability using an HMI screen located at one end of the AGV. This unit includes I/O monitoring, course programming, error messages and error log. It reads floor mounted RFID tags for position feedback as well as command tapes adjacent to the magnetic tape guide path.

The 24-volt system is powered by two 12 V batteries. The unit is equipped with wireless touch charging and is built to run for two eight-hour shifts per day. A manual engage/disengage foot lever allows the cart to be moved easily if taken offline. Once disengaged, the unit works like a typical pushcart. It is quickly installed, and the route can easily be changed or repaired.

The unit meets safety CAT3 requirements, comes with 16-view laser scanners for obstacle detection, flashing lights, E-stops and an audible warning. It features complete safety equipment for safety category 3, with E-stop buttons at each end of the AGV. Multicolor LED lights are built into the frame to indicate the various running conditions.

The AGV carries a kitting cart that measures 30" x 24" and is designed to hold up to 300 lbs. (136 kg) capacity. It provides production associates the ability to get exactly what they need and no more. A wide variety of pipe color options are available. Accessories include hooks, label holders for shelf levels or even shelf positions, pockets for paperwork, writing surface with clip boards and more. Creform carts are available as a kit, assembled structure or in component form for a complete DIY solution.

For more information contact:

Creform Corporation

P.O. Box 830

Greer, SC 29652-0830


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