Creform Corporation (Greer, SC) recently designed and built a complete parts-handling system consisting of a Model CA-A50060-NSI BST AGV (automated guide vehicle) and carts. The AGV works as an automated tugger that runs along a magnetic tape guidepath, slipping under stationary carts and carrying them to designated stations. When one of the six parts-handling carts is full, the waiting AGV, towing an empty cart, is released into a robotic cell. It pushes the loaded cart forward as it tows the empty cart into position to be loaded. Both carts are mechanically guided, and once in the load position, the empty cart is locked in place and the AGV disconnects. The AGV can then pull forward, extend its tow pin and engage the full cart and tow it to a secondary operation where it disconnects and is manually unloaded. The AGV then continues around the circuit to an empty cart, hitches to it and tows it around the circuit until it reaches its home position. It waits there to be released so the sequence can begin again. The tuggers can handle a 50-course, 128-command control with PC or HMI programming. The AGV runs on two 12-volt batteries with 10-hour run times. Each cart is rated for a distributed load of 400 lbs. and measure 110”L x 32”W x 37”T.
AGV-Cart Combo Elevates Automation
The AGV works as an automated tugger that runs along a magnetic tape guidepath, slipping under stationary carts and carrying them to designated stations.
Nov 2, 2017