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f+h Intralogistics 4/2014

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Intralogistics Trade magazine for material flow and material management Imprint Editor in chief: Dipl.-Ing. Reiner Wesselowski (We) Email: Editorial board: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Winfried Bauer (WB), Holger Seybold (Sey), Dipl.-Ing. Manfred Weber (MW) Assistant editor: Svenja Stenner, Email: Design/Layout: Mario Wüst, Doris Buchenau, Anette Fröder, Melanie Lerch, Conny Grothe, Sonja Schirmer Managing editor: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Winfried Bauer Publisher: Vereinigte Fachverlage GmbH Lise-Meitner-Str. 2 55129 Mainz, Germany Managing director: Dr. Olaf Theisen Publishing director: Dr. Michael Werner Email: Advertising Sales Director: Beatrice Thomas-Meyer Email: Advertising Sales Manager: Andreas Zepig Email: Advertising representatives: Austria Heinz-Joachim Greiner Email: Brazil Carlos Frederico Graf Schaffgotsch Email: China Andreas Zepig, Email: France Marc Jouanny, Email: Great Britain Rob Brewer, Email: India Andreas Zepig, Email: Italy, Switzerland Hermann Jordi, Email: Poland Dr. Miroslaw Bugajski Email: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan Natalia Hretschkova Email: Sweden, Finland, Norway Malte Mezger Email: USA, Canada Aryan Zandieh Email: Advertising Disposition: Annemarie Benthin Email: In cooperation with: Hannover Fairs International GmbH Messegelände, 30521 Hannover, Germany VDMA – German Engineering Federation Trade Association Materials Handling and Intralogistics Lyoner Straße 18, 60528 Frankfurt, Germany Additional Partner: Moskauer Deutsche Zeitung Internet: Sixth year (2014) 02 Production line with workstations and roller conveyors chanical design is supported mainly by a more stable rail profile (KB240) and redundant lifter technology with stabilized scissors (Image 03). The Rofa rail bus system safeguards high system performance and flexibility for EMSvehicles. The details implemented in the 03 Lifter with specially stabilized scissortype lift to give ideal lateral support Reusing existing components was a great challenge for our designers EMS section benefit the originally designed scopes. Consequently, elements, such as complex steel structures, most of all required to connect sections along the conveyor system on gradients, feature a simplified design. A previously planned, disengaged lifter to transfer engines to the chassis line as well as various accessories, such as chain conveyor systems or gradient vehicles have also been rendered obsolete. Furthermore, the system operator benefits from more transparent operation and simplified maintenance. Retrospective changes to the layout are also easy to implement. The load handling unit itself consists of a chain lifting carrier with several engaging points for units designated for assembly (Image 04). The design is based on the requirements to transport engines with fitted transmission, taking into account automatic height adjustments and a chassis that can be rotated by 360°. The “Shower + Shipping” conveyor technology was also subject to special demands. In addition to demands, such as the development of special wheel mounts and a precise alignment of conveyor belts (avoiding gaps, risks of crushing or shearing), all components had to be resistant to water and hu- midity. For this reason, the functional steel structure including the structures for drive and tensioning stations have been fully zinc plated and equipped with a stainless steel chain. Detailed collaboration with the building department was necessary to plan and implement concrete and pit work as the conveyors had to be anchored flush with the ground. Photos: Rofa 04 Scissor-type lifting carrier to transport engines

Material flow Automated guided systems facilitate passenger car assembly Solving is a world leader in manufacturing systems for internal, heavy-duty transport solutions. In this process, the company portfolio includes devices for manual handling, customized solutions in special-purpose vehicle engineering as well as automated guided systems for permanent operation, also within the automotive industry. To this end, the Valmet-Automotive production company also relies on driverless industrial trucks made by Solving. Valmet-Automotive, based in Nystad, Finland, has been a production partner of the automotive industry since the 1970s. At present, the company has been contracted by Daimler AG to produce the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and in this process, the company is responsible for elements including engine and axle assembly. For this purpose, Valmet-Automotive introduced a revised and enhanced, driverless Solving transport system in summer 2013 as part of production optimization processes. The revised features include the modernization of the vehicles‘ inductive line guidance. It is now based on up-to-date CAN bus technology and the new Windows operating system version. A combination of microcomputer, realtime radio communication and an alphanumerical operating panel safeguard a smooth installation. All motors are controlled via the CAN bus. In this process, the PC-based control system is very flexible. Future changes to the production process and changes to vehicle parameters are no longer an issue thanks to the software. The graphical operating panel also facilitates system maintenance and monitoring. Safety and efficiency Equipping vehicles with configurable laser scanners and photocells safeguards a high degree of occupational safety; safety-related measures meet EU standards. The motor output and the capacity of industrial trucks have been increased to be able to cope with future orders. Maintenancefree batteries that are automatically charged during the assembly process and at night provide the power for the vehicles. The assembly unit on the vehicle for engines, gearboxes and axes can be lifted to an ergonomic working height at the front and back. At the last assembly station the chassis is moved into the body using the hoisting unit. Photo: Solving About Solving Solving is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of internal transport systems for heavy loads. The company’s product range includes simple devices for manual handling, customized solutions in special-purpose vehicle engineering and auotmated guided systems. Operator-specific solutions allow to effortlessly move weights of up to 1,000 tons. Over the course of the company’s history, which was established in 1977, it has supplied several hundred system solutions for various types of loads around the globe. Many of these are based on the Solving air cushion element that has boosted customers’ competitiveness with a combination of many years of experience and expertise. Operators work in the electrical engineering, steel, paper and graphics industry as well as in the aerospace and automotive sectors and various sports as well as cultural venues and institutions. f+h Intralogistics 4/2014 31


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