STORAGE HANDLING DISTRIBUTION

Driverless trucks replace conveyors

Driverless AGV vehicles used to service the production line double as novel assembly cells for multi-function digital copiers-cum-printers made by Rank Xerox at Micheldean, Gloucestershire. The 36 vehicles, comparable in price to a conveyor assembly line with its tendency to collect dust, provides a cleaner, more flexible working environment. Towed by an AGV, material arrives on a kitting trolley and is not held at the assembly station. Floor cleaning is quicker since the AGVs can be removed. The installation took around 15 hours using floor-mounted guidance tape rather than the usual embedded wires. Payback is within two years.

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Bulk handling and process equipment specialist Esteve, France, has appointed Pelman as sole agent for silos, liquid and power storage and handling products sold in the UK. These are modular and tailored to suit customers designs. Pre-assembled in France, they go through extensive trials for performance and system compatibility.

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Intelligent storage cuts manufacturing costs, says Mike Brierley, general manager of automotive industry supplier ZF. Computer-controlled Kardex Industriever vertical carousels installed in the warehouse and Kardex Shuttle vertical lifts on the supply line more than quadruple picking speed, automatically delivering requested stock to the operator at hand height. Kardex has formed a partnership with the university-based Warwick Manufacturing Group to develop best practice systems for inventory storage and retrieval.

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Dubbed the mobile cold room, Monetti’s Cargo Line Bulk containers are insulated and wheeled for transporting perishable goods in bulk at cold or frozen temperatures.