A Better Way
“We had partnered with Rockwell Automation to develop and deploy a “double-decker” system for a Fortune 500 customer based on iTRAK® ICT,” said Meckem. “We designed the solution to meet the customer’s OEE standard – 85%. Currently, the system is achieving 97% OEE.”
Based on that success, DT Engineering designed a double-decker iTRAK solution that can serve as a prototype for many applications.
iTRAK technology is based on linear synchronous motors, which enable the independent control of multiple magnetically propelled carriers. Control software and embedded sensors continuously calculate carrier position.
Instead of traveling at a fixed speed, carriers move independently from station to station.
In the prototype solution, one iTRAK system transports products to processing stations. A second iTRAK runs overhead and can assume various roles.
“The ability to transfer tooling from iTRAK system to iTRAK system creates several opportunities for improved product flow,” Meckem said. “For example, the system can be used to stage multiple SKUs, manage quality control, enable component revisions to support warranty items, and incorporate additional processes that improve cycle times.”
“The system can also be configured to run two SKUs simultaneously,” Meckem added.