How Can Automakers Improve the Performance of Assembly Conveyance Systems?
New advances in independent cart conveyance – based on linear motor technology – are enabling impressive performance gains.
How? Linear motor technology allows conveyor modules to be configured end-to-end, creating an electro-magnetic force to propel carriers much faster than traditional systems.
And because linear motors have no contacting or wear components, maintenance is minimal.
But linear motors are just part of the story. Intelligent motion control is critical to improved productivity, flexibility and sustainability.
Take a look at the PULSE carrier conveyance system, introduced by Kuka Systems, an international supplier of automation systems for the automotive industry. Designed for automotive car body assembly lines, the conveyor utilizes linear synchronous motor technology from MagneMotion, a Rockwell Automation® company.
Using embedded position sensors and control software enables independent control over each carrier on the track. Accelerations, decelerations, velocities and positions are programmable. Instead of moving at a fixed speed, vehicle body sections can quickly advance through robotic workstations as process steps are completed.
The result? A “pitchless” system that’s more energy efficient and 30 percent faster than conventional friction-based transfer systems. And since the speed boost allows for greater use of industrial robots and other process equipment, the overall system footprint is much smaller than traditional systems.
Also, the highly configurable system can be adapted to handle multiple model types – and can be expanded cost effectively, thanks to modularity.
Discover how independent cart technology is transforming body shops and other automotive applications.