Transbotics releases fork-style, laser-guided vehicle

Toronto, Ontario, Canada—Transbotics Corp., formerly NDC Automation Inc., released Oct. 1 its new fork-style laser-guided vehicle (LGV), which has both counterbalanced and reach lift capabilities.

By Control Engineering Staff October 7, 2003

Toronto, Ontario, Canada— Transbotics Corp. , formerly NDC Automation Inc., released Oct. 1 its new fork-style laser-guided vehicle (LGV), which has both counterbalanced and reach lift capabilities. This LGV uses LaserWay technology that recognizes round reflectors to continuously position itself within the system. These round reflectors provide greater accuracy and flexibility than flat reflectors because they’re easier to recognize, which helps eliminate false readings.

The new vehicle is also equipped with laser safety bumpers that can dynamically vary in the field of safety, depending on the requirements of the system. While this vehicle was designed to meet the customers’ specifications of handling various loads weighing up to 3,000 pounds, it can be customized to handle loads of many different sizes and weights. The new vehicle will be a part of a system that uses C-Way software, which creates a graphical view of the system and allows for easy monitoring.

Color-coding makes it simrple to quickly view the status of the vehicles (location, vehicle load, low battery, e-stopped, etc.). In addition, status from I/O units connected to the system allows for display of open doors or the presence of a load at a station. The software is very easy to use and was developed with the customer in mind. This unique software not only allows the user to make layout changes easily but also can page an operator with predefined system message as they occur.

‘The vehicle was designed for a North American bottling manufacturing company; however, we believe this vehicle can be used in many different industries,’ stated Claude Imbleau, President of Transbotics Corporation. ‘We felt that PACex International 2003 would be the perfect venue to announce this new vehicle.’

Transbotics recently announced an alliance with R&D Ergo Solutions, whicher/textile, food, glass, metals and paper.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor
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