Creform Corporation (Greer, SC) has designed and built a new custom AGV system, designated the FH-A35046 bolt-on AGV, that uses a recycled and refurbished drive unit, control box/components and photo eye matched up with a new conveyor, new frame, new HMI and new opportunity charging system to arrive at a cost-effective AGV system for an existing automotive powertrain customer. The single-direction AGV was developed for a specific application with detailed requirements to support the user’s “around the clock” operation. Creform developed four AGVs for this specific job recipe to act as transfer vehicles between conveyors at multiple points in the manufacturing process. Features include the following:
Overall dimensions of 83" L x 36" W x 60" T.
Two powered 36 in. high conveyor decks for automatic load transfers. One deck handles right-hand part pallets. The other deck handles the left.
Full and empty pallets are handled among the six production stations and follow an approximate 150-foot long magnetic tape guide path. The loads are transferred off one side of each AGV.
Photocells on the AGV load transfer conveyor are used for slow down and stop functions and are also used for secure load verification while the AGV is traveling.
Optical communication devices coordinate the conveyor operation between the AGV and stationary units. Any load shift would be detected and will stop AGV.
Mechanical load safety stops rotate down when pulling into conveyor stations to allow transfers.
Conveyor sections are covered to help keep loads clean while aboard, while removable and see-through panels provide access for maintenance.