The automated load train Factory Train FT600 has been specially developed for automated logistics processes. The FT600 load train offers the same advantages as the manually operated load trains of the Factory Train range. The highlight: The lifting function is integrated in the FT600 series in the load carriers. This enables high positioning accuracy and height flexible loading and unloading at the source and destination.
With the load carrier with automatically extendable telescopic forks; secured / retracted sliding load carriers such as trolleys with rollers can be automatically picked up and delivered, and pallets can also be picked up.
With the conveyor belt carrier; the load carriers can be picked up directly from powered roller conveyors or delivered to the driven roller conveyor. The pick-up and delivery height can be automatically adjusted by the lifting gear integrated in the load carrier.
If non-driven roller conveyors are loaded and unloaded, the load carrier with telescopic pull-in / pull-out is exactly the right solution. The load is either pushed from the load carrier onto the non-driven roller conveyor or the load carrier pulls the load from the roller conveyor.
In intralogistics, there are various options for partially or completely automating goods flow processes.
One solution is to use semi-automated systems with driver assistance systems. This way, the load train Factory Train can be driven manually by the operator as usual. During the loading process, however, the driver assistance system takes over. The load train Factory Train positions itself automatically for loading / unloading. In this case, the load train is semi-automated: When approaching the transfer position, the driver activates the automation in the 2-hand operation. The steering is thus completely automated and the load train moves independently at a predetermined speed to the exact transfer position at the destination/source. The driver can stay on the load train during the loading process and monitor the process until it is completed. After completing the automated loading process, the driver takes over the load train again and can drive to the next station.
In completely driverless Factory Train load trains, the towing tractor travels via geonavigation using a laser scanner. Beforehand, the hall layout and the routes are measured by 2D mapping and a virtual map is created. The load train Factory Train takes over completely; independently driving and navigating as well as the complete loading and unloading process. Transport orders to the load train are provided by the WMS or logistics software, but even "simple" predefined routes from A to B can of course be driven. The manual backup solution is always available by manually moving and operating the load train. Thus, the use remains at maximum flexibility and other activities and orders can be processed at short notice.
Driverless load train Factory Trains can not only drive automatically within production and assembly halls, but can also be driven and navigated without drivers in the outdoor area. For example, when materials are to be transported from a hall to the adjoining hall, or even longer outdoor distances over several hundred meters are to be driven.
Safety is always paramount in automated processes. Load trains consist of a tow tractor with up to 5 load carriers and often reach a length of 20 meters and more. The load train Factory Train is therefore completely monitored and equipped with a personal safety system. The entire environment of the load train, from the tow tractor to the last load carrier unit, is continuously monitored. The sensors used meet the highest safety level and guarantee a stable and secure process. When a person enters the safety environment of the load train, the system immediately takes measures to correct the dangerous situation.
Compact, agile and efficient. The driverless factory shuttles are versatile in use and, in combination with the load train Factory Train, form a perfect combination for modern and automated intralogistics. Thus, the load train Factory Trains, both manually and automatically, can handle longer transport distances. For example, from the warehouse in production and assembly halls. The short distances to the individual assembly and production stations are then taken over by the driverless transport shuttles. Here, the shuttles can either "ride along" with the load train and "swarm out" at the place of use, or load / unload the load carriers when the load train arrives at the work site.
Driverless Factory Shuttles not only standardise internal flows of goods, reducing throughput times and increasing productivity, but also increase safety. After all, the driverless transport system Factory Shuttle is equipped with sensors with the highest level of safety; the environment is permanently monitored.
In addition to the tow tractors for the load trains, other industrial trucks are also available as driverless transport systems. Automated pallet stackers and automated narrow-aisle trucks complete automated intralogistics for load handling in or out of racking systems. However, manual operation of the devices and vehicles remains possible at all times. So the vehicles can for example be moved quickly from a dangerous situation or it can be utilised in the short term for other activities. Linde industrial trucks are being converted to automation at Neumaier Industry.
Whether roller conveyors, chain conveyors, turntables and storage tables as well as special transfer stations on driverless transport systems - the materials handling technology in automation for a smooth and precise material flow is wide ranging. As an integrated provider of automation solutions, Neumaier Industry also offers the complete materials handling technology and conveyor systems, which together with the driverless transport systems such as the load train Factory Train and Factory Shuttle guarantee high process reliability and efficient in-house material flows.
The automated machines and driverless transport systems are managed and controlled via a logistics software or material flow controller. The logistics software is in turn docked on the company's internal Warehouse Management System (WMS) and connected to the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System. The driverless transport systems receive all relevant data and information for an efficient flow of material and goods within the company.
The driverless transport systems from Neumaier Industry can communicate with all standard logistics software solutions via an interface. If no such software or infrastructure is available in the company, we work together with well-known and specialised software manufacturers.