Transbotics launches dual-conveyor, laser-guided vehicle
Charlotte, NC—Transbotics Corp. released its new dual conveyor laser-guided vehicle on Nov. 5 at the Pack Expo 2002 tradeshow in Chicago.
Charlotte, NC— Transbotics Corp.
Transbotics' low-profile LGV comes standard with quad-movement capabilities, which allow the vehicle to operate in a much smaller space than single-steer vehicles. This dual-conveyor vehicle uses LazerWay AGV control guidance, which provides optimal flexibility and accuracy. The vehicle is also equipped with laser safety bumpers that can detect obstacles and slow or stop as needed.
The company reports that, while its LGV meets customers' specifications for handling loads up to 40 x 48 inches in size and weighing up to 3,000 pounds, allowing 1,500 pounds for each conveyor, it can be customized to handle loads of any size and weight. The vehicle was built on a modular design, which means that common components used at both ends of the vehicle have the same placement. In addition, the front and rear panels as well as the conveyors can be unlatched and lifted for easy access. In the past panels had to be unscrewed to be removed.
Transbotics adds its new vehicle is already planned to be part of a system for a major worldwide consumer manufacturer located in North America. In addition, the LGV uses C-Way software, which the firm says is extremely important when considering whole applications like this one. C-Way creates a graphical view of the system, which allows for easy monitoring. Color-coding makes it simple to quickly view the status of the vehicles, such as whether they're loaded, have low batteries, or are e-stopped. In addition, status from I/O units connected to the system allows display of open doors or the presence of a load on a station.
'One of the main objectives for our design team when developing this vehicle was ease of maintenance, which I think they have by far exceeded,' stated Claude Imbleau, Transbotics' president.
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