A Better Way: Independent Cart Technology (ICT)
“We had partnered with Rockwell Automation to develop and deploy a “double-decker” system to a Fortune 500 customer based on iTRAK® ICT,” said Cook. “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.
“Depending on the application, the upper iTRAK system can be used to dispense material to products on the lower track – or to stage another product SKU for changeover,” Cook said. “The system can also be configured to run two SKUs simultaneously."