Two-Way AGV CA-B50100 – Automotive Vehicles Today

Creforme introduced a custom-designed two-way AGV, model CA-B50100, which includes a radio link to Creform’s vehicle traffic control system for efficient material flow through vehicle routing. The system replaces forklifts and provides safe handling and automation production efficiencies.

The manufactured steel AGV base is designed for strength and durability with fasteners designed to hold panels of various sizes (in automotive assembly, for example). Padded brackets keep panels separate from each other to secure and minimize the risk of damage. The AGV can do two shifts per day on a route with six stops. The vehicle will automatically stop and start after a certain time unless it is started manually.

The model is bi-directional with bolt-on drive units and offers great flexibility of movement along its integrated magnetic tape guide path and can move in either direction and, if necessary, move sideways or even turn in place . This is useful for areas with limited space and to ensure reproducible alignment for constant load transfers. Dual drive wheels also give this AGV a higher load capacity and feature manual engagement / disengagement to raise / lower the drive wheels. When the drive wheels are raised, the AGV can be repositioned by an associate. The AGV reads the RFID tags installed on the ground for steering and functional control. Each end of an AGV independently follows the guide path.

This high level of control reduces the amount of space the AGV needs when routing, especially around bends or areas with limited space. It can move at speeds of up to 50 m / min. and has an estimated towing capacity of 2,222 lbs (1,000 kg).

The Creform AGV provides for a program of 50 courses. The units are PLC controlled with HMI touch screen and include I / O monitoring, course scheduling, error messages and error log. On-board radio equipment to maintain contact with the traffic control system.

The unit incorporates a 24V system, powered by two 12V AGM batteries. The opportunity charging system, activated by photocells, minimizes the need for the user to manually change batteries. There is optical communication between the AGV and the battery charging station. When the vehicle moves into the charging position, it signals its presence, lowers the charge sensor to come into contact with the conductive plates embedded in the ground, then turns on the charger for rapid battery recharging.

The batteries are automatically charged each time the AGV arrives at the transfer station along the route. No human intervention is necessary.

Category 3 safety features on the AGV include safety circuit to cut off power, audible warning device, flashing light, emergency stops, LED light strip on both sides of the AGV and a laser scanner with 16 adjustable zones.

The Creform system is used to create a range of material handling and efficiency improvement devices and is a proven component of continuous improvement and lean manufacturing programs. The company partners with its customers to develop and implement these programs.

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