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  • Offer Profile
  • EK AUTOMATION is a leading European supplier of Automated Guided Vehicles. With more than 40 years experience, EK has installed over 700 systems and delivered almost 7000 AGVs worldwide. Our Manufacturing Execution System, MES-CON OS can enhance automate, control and improve virtually any industrial process. EK AUTOMATION has strength and presence. With five subsidiaries in Europe EK is a true leader in the supply of Automated Guided Vehicles, process control and integrated material flow control systems.
Product Portfolio
  • AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLES (AGVS)

  • We provide customer-specific automated guided vehicles (AGVs) from the EK AUTOMATION standard line as well as automated series vehicles from LINDE and Jungheinrich.

    We have the fitting solution for every application, in all different branches of industry. From load-handling equipment, to navigation, to energy systems, we offer the appropriate technology in every weight category.

      • ECO - OUR ECONOMICAL AGV SOLUTION: AUTOMATED TUGGERS AND CARRIER VEHICLES

      • The ECO line of tuggers and carrier vehicles prove their worth every day as economical solutions in the areas of intralogistics, assembly lines, order picking and transporting. Their appeal lies in their simple design, flexibility and adaptability. That makes them an industrially performing yet very low-cost AGV solution. For you, that means: high transport capacity at low investment and operating costs.

        WHERE ECO LINE AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLES STAND OUT – OVERVIEW:

        FLEXIBILITY
        Navigation made-to-measure. Fast and faultless optical navigation, with classic induction or inductive power transfer.

        SAFETY / PERSONNEL PROTECTION
        Easy serviceability, SICK contactless laser scanners plus safety edges if necessary.

        EASY SERVICEABILITY
        Easy access to all electronic and control parts by central location in the switch cabinet. Easy system diagnosis via the standard operating terminal.

        TRAFFIC CONTROL
        EK Traffic Control allows multi-vehicle operation with cross-overs, even without elaborate control computers or communications.

        AVAILABILITY
        Exclusively industry-compliant components are used for vehicles from the ECO line.

        INVESTMENT SECURITY
        All components are proven in practice (e.g. Siemens failsafe PLC, SICK laser personnel protection, etc.).

        ADAPTABILITY
        For multi-shift operation, the ECO can be fitted ex works with all components for battery changing. Alternative energy systems are also available, such as automatic recharging or inductive power transfer.

        MANUAL OPERATION
        All vehicle actions can also be performed manually.

      • COMPACT - STANDARD AGVS FOR MEDIUM LOADS

      • The COMPACT line represents standard automated guided vehicles (AGVs) optimized for the medium load range. With the COMPACT AGV, we have paid special attention to delivering a rugged, agile, service-friendly and thereby economical vehicle. COMPACT is suitable wherever a medium volume needs to be transported automatically on narrow routes.

        WHAT DISTINGUISHES THE COMPACT LINE OF RUGGED AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLES:

        EFFICIENCY
        Optimal transport capacity – high forward and reverse speeds up to 2 m/s depending on vehicle.

        FLEXIBILITY
        Different types of navigation can be combined together, e.g. to yield a counterbalanced forklift that navigates by laser in the hall and by contour in the loading bay.

        SAFETY
        Our modular system offers the ideal combination of safety technology for your application – e.g. safety edges on the chassis, personnel protection scanner or ultrasound sensors.

        EASY SERVICEABILITY
        Easy access to all electronic and control parts. All operating elements are in an accessible position.

      • MULTI - OUR UNIVERSAL AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE FOR HIGH LIFTING

      • The MULTI automated guided vehicle can be fitted with any load lifting equipment, be it roller conveyors, chain conveyors, passive frames or racks. Given the proven base design of the carrier vehicle, only the load lifting equipment is adapted. The MULTI is designed as a modular system for up to 12 m lifting heights and medium loads, with a chassis that allows omnidirectional manoeuvring.

        For you, that means: an automated guided vehicle with custom technology at low cost and no risk.

        OVERVIEW: MULTI AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE FROM EK AUTOMATION

        FLEXIBILITY
        Laser navigation requires minimal installation, ensuring rapid adaptation to your internal processes. No floor installations of any sort are required. The route and stations are generated by CAD and downloaded to the MULTI. The MULTI then performs all transport tasks autonomously as an AGV. You have the direct benefits.

        EFFICIENCY
        Multiple load lifting equipment and high driving speeds of up to 2 m/s. The MULTI offers you maximum transport capacity.

        EASY SERVICEABILITY
        Easy access to all electronic and control parts by central location in the front of the switch cabinet. All operating elements are at ergonomic height. The battery is quickly and easily accessible in all energy concepts.

        SAFETY
        An easily serviceable SICK laser scanner for personnel protection and the MULTI’s modular system offer the ideal combination of safety measures for your application. Safety edges on the chassis round off the system.

        COST-EFFECTIVENESS
        Low investment cost, therefore rapid pay-off.

        AVAILABILITY
        All matured and proven components.

        MANUAL OPERATION
        All vehicle actions can also be performed manually.

        ADVANTAGES AT A GLANCE
        • Advantages at a glance
        • Proven base design, individually adaptable thanks to modular construction
        • Roller conveyors or chain conveyors – the load lifting equipment can be adapted to your needs
        • Laser navigation – market-leading, flexible navigation without any floor installation
        • User-friendly touch panel with graphic diagnostics display
        • Chassis for diagonal and lateral movement
        • Optimally suited to multi-shift operation thanks to energy system with automatic battery changing or charging
        • Individual safety packages for every application
        • Load-bearing capacity of up to 4,000 kg

         

      • VARIO

      • VARIO adapts to your needs. The custom designs of this product line are optimal helpers for project-specific and individual requirements. Built exclusively from proven components, VARIO is a reliable partner for your transport tasks. Given its extreme load-bearing capacity, VARIO is suited to working in unusual environments.

        • Extreme temperatures
        • Hazardous materials
        • Outdoor applications
        • High cleanliness areas
        • Heavy freight

        We deliver your VARIO at a load capacity from 30 kg to 30 t.

      • SERIES

      • Series vehicles from LINDE and Jungheinrich automated by EK Automation.

        We complement our customer-specific automated guided vehicle systems with series automated guided vehicles / AGVs among others from Linde and Jungheinrich, Europe’s leading manufacturers of floor-borne transport vehicles. EK Automation has been automating series production equipment for more than 20 years – in which time EK Automation has already automated more than 600 series vehicles. We fit these series vehicles with EK-developed navigation and control systems and adapt the system to the customer’s needs.

        Because these systems work with ready-made modules, we grant low-cost entry into the technology of automated guided vehicle systems for many applications in all branches of industry. Other advantages of using series vehicles are short planning and commissioning times, quick delivery and flexible adaptability. Furthermore, the vehicles can be manually operated as usual – if there are special tasks to perform, for example.

        We offer EK series vehicles as tow tractors, low-lift pallet trucks or high-lift pallet stackers.

    • HEALTHCARE LINE

    • Are you still transporting your containers manually? Automated Guided Vehicles from EK Automation lower your operating costs by reducing the time spent and physical effort expended by your qualified staff members. AGVs automatically transport laundry, medical, main meals, snacks, waste and much more. The hospital systems from EK Automation optimise the number of containers, shorten the time taken for transport and cycle times, always deliver on-time, and reliably carry the transported goods as if by hand – the gentle AGV handling provided avoids damage to the containers and their contents as well as to the infrastructure, whilst also lowering the risk of employee injury.

      If you add to that the improved overview of your material flow, which provides pin-point accuracy, the reducing of floor space needed for transport logistics, the minimising of supplies and control stock needed, as well as the lowering of personnel costs, particularly in multi-shift operation, you will see that AGVs from EK Automation provide a Return On Investment in a very short time.

      FULL CONTROL
      The Automated Guided Vehicles from EK Automation find their way using the most advanced tracking technologies. Whether contour, magnet or laser navigation, or a combination of one or more of these, our flexible equipment always meets demands with minimum installation and maximum precision and flexibility. Easy to modify and extend, they represent a long-term, sensible investment in very advanced technology.

      SAFETY FIRST
      Safety is the major benefit you gain when using AGVs from EK Automation. The layouts are designed for accident-free and fault-free navigation throughout the hospital corridors. It goes without saying that our person protection systems fulfil and exceed the European safety requirements.

        • PROCESS AUTOMATION

        • EK AUTOMATION has been active for many years in process automation and process optimization. Our experience goes from small and simple systems control to complex, high-availability process control.

          These include control systems for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), material flow control systems and integrated control systems with MES functionality.

          Take advantage of our experience of more than 1000 automated systems in these areas.

          We offer cost-effective automation systems for your facilities that are flexible, adaptable and efficient.

            • Technology

            • An AGV system is made up of four main building blocks: a travel route; a control system; the vehicles and their power supply. The travel route is simply defined by your material flow needs. The control system is there to ensure smooth flow of vehicles, materials and data. The vehicles are driverless industrial trucks. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can be fitted with virtually any sort of mechanical handling device. AGVs are used throughout manufacture, assembly and warehousing. They are goods transporters, and can even act as mobile work benches or assembly platforms. AGVs are battery-electric trucks, available with the widest range of battery and charger power systems, to guarantee maximum flexibility and mobility around the clock.
                • NAVIGATION

                • Defines and monitors the driving direction and speed based on the current position and the destination. EK is the only AGVS provider who can produce and combine all types of navigation. In our systems, your applications and your application conditions determine the type of technologies that will be used, and not the other way around!
                • SAFETY

                • Technical systems must guarantee the safe operation of the AGV. As market leader, EK Automation is continually enhancing the standard components of its safety systems. Our open system allows us to integrate additional customer requirements regarding safety.
                • ENERGY SYSTEM

                • With our electric vehicles, we distinguish between manual and automatic battery changing as well as inductive power transfer. The right energy concept is a central criterion for a well-functioning and efficient automated guided vehicle system. A successful concept must take your environment into account as fully as possible – for example the number of shifts, floor requirements, etc.
                • SYSTEM CONTROL

                • The EK system controller EK MES CON OS is based on a software kernel that has been successfully tried and tested over many years. It is being continually enhanced. Its comprehensive visualization capabilities, combined with statistical analyses, grants a full overview of the system at all times.