The intralogistic solution links seamlessly with the production plan of the TruTops Fab. While in the past, machine operators had to consider material staging and transport planning, this additional expenditure is no longer required with the software.
On an intuitive software interface on a PC or tablet, the operator "marries" parts manufactured in the laser system with the pallet using a barcode reader and moves them into a docking station. This intelligent storage station recognises the pallet with the help of sensors and reports the incoming material directly to TruTops Fab. The transportation of the material is then planned fully automatically - route- and time-optimised and with consideration for prioritisation.
TruTops Fab generates a transport job and sends it to the control unit of the automated guided vehicle system from Jungheinrich. This means that customers not only benefit from the advantages of automated planning, but also from automated parts transport.
At DAX, the automated guided vehicle system from Jungheinrich undertakes around 22 transports per hour. It brings small parts on pallets or in wire mesh boxes from the laser machine or from the large-scale or buffer storage system to two bending machines and manual workstations for drilling, thread cutting and grinding.
The transport jobs from TruTops Fab can also be assigned to an operator or a pallet jack or forklift truck. For this reason, DAX relies on mixed operational processes: small parts are transported fully automatically with the automated guided vehicle system, while staff continue to move larger parts from A to B using pallet jacks or forklift trucks. Even the trial run demonstrated how efficient the new intralogistics system is. Frank Schmitz is confident: "With this intelligent solution, we will soon be able to reach our target of a 20 percent reduction in setup time and a decrease in throughput times of around 25 percent."