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    Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Systems make a significant contribution to the optimisation of processes in intralogistics. They ensure that the right part is always in the right place at the right time. When using transport robots you increase the productivity of your company significantly.
    EK AUTOMATION is one of the European market leaders in the field of AGVs. We have more than 50 years of experience in the industry and have already installed more than 10,000 vehicles in more than 1,000 systems worldwide. We are convinced that we can find the optimum solution for your intralogistics processes!

     
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  • Automated Guided Vehicles - AGV

  • More efficiency with Transport Robots

    The right part at the right time in the right place - that's what transport robotics does almost by itself. With the use of transport robots, also known as Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Systems, we optimise material flow and storage systems safely and quickly.

    The EK AUTOMATION vehicle types differ according to criteria such as design and the corresponding load range. In the design phase, the selected vehicle type is then combined with the appropriate load handling equipment. We are not limited by the number of vehicles in a system. And of course it is essential to match the vehicle selection and the system to the customer's requirements.
      • Solutions

      • Fully automated transport solutions

        We provide turnkey AGV solutions for almost all industries, whether in assembly, production supply or disposal, order picking, warehousing or area linking. With more than 50 years of experience in the field of automation, we offer intelligent logistic solutions ranging from standardized AGV up to to 100% customer-specific transport robots based on industry-proven components.

          • ATS - Automated Material Transport Systems

          • Automated Material Transport Systems (ATS) are important logistics applications used in hospital logistics. In ATS, transport robots take over the automated supply and removal for all areas, for example in hospitals and care facilities. There, the stations are supplied with material or food over several floors and at the same time unnecessary items, such as dishes, laundry or waste, are transported to the respective disposal areas. In near future, transport robots will take on more tasks in this area, such as transporting beds to the hospital room and providing individual care for individual patients.

            Reference example
            11 vehicles of the CUSTOM MOVE series supply and dispose of the station areas of the facility in the Italian Hospital Pistoia. The vehicles are characterised by a hygiene-friendly design made of stainless steel.
            The containers which contain food, operting materials or waste for disposal are collected by the vehicle with a lifting table and moved safely in the public area.

            • Industry:
            • Healthcare
            • FTS type:
            • CUSTOM MOVE
            • LAM: Lift table
            • Navigation: Contour Navigation
            • Battery: AGM
            • Year: 2011
          • Block Storage

          • Here we present AGV solutions for floor-level storage and self-supporting block storage using examples from the beverage and food industries. The transport robot stores stackable goods without racking or other devices above and next to each other in blocks. Block storage is suitable for goods with medium to high inventory per article. Block stacking is very flexible as block storage can be changed at any time. It is also inexpensive, as there are no additional costs for racking installations. The space requirement is relatively small with good clarity, and therefore block storage is suitable both for goods with low access frequency and with high withdrawal quantities. Block storage is particularly practical when no individual access to a particular good is required. Hybrid navigation is often used to navigate in block storage because laser or contour navigation is often not possible in the storage rows and an alternative type of navigation such as magnetic point navigation is used.

            Reference example 1
            In 9,000 m² chill store, operating at a temperature of 2 degrees Celsius, 90 transport robots fetch stillages from the filling lines in the world's largest milk factory of the company ARLA in England, storing them in the floor-level intermediate storage and supply the loading ramps at the goods despatch, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

            • Industry: Food
            • FTS type:
            • VARIO MOVE
            • LAM: Fork
            • Navigation: Laser navigation
            • Battery: Li-Ion
            • Year: 2013
          • Order Picking

          • Transport robots support employees in internal order picking processes. The transport robots assemble certain partial quantities on the basis of shipping or production orders. The vehicle is called picking AGV, picker or gripper. Here it is possible to have particularly routine or time-consuming transports carried out by transport robots. In the future, efficiency will be further optimised, for example by allowing goods to be sorted while they are still in transit.

            Reference example
            Since 2008, 15 Compact 300 vehicles from the CUSTOM MOVE product group have been supplying prefabricated components to a renowned truck and bus manufacturer in Germany's axle production department. The picking racks are transported by drive-under vehicles with lifting rams.

            • Industry: Automotive
            • FTS type:
            • CUSTOM MOVE
            • LAM: Lift table
            • Navigation: Inductive lane guidance
            • Battery: ---
            • Year: 2008
          • Assembly lines

          • Transport platforms for workpiece assembly and transport between workstations. The transport robots can be equipped with a variety of active or passive load handling devices (LAM) and serve as a platform or workbench, which, guided by work orders, moves the work stations. With this solution, non-stop availability can be ensured by inductive battery charging during travel. Here it is also possible to support the employees with robots and automation devices on the vehicle.

            Reference Example
            In the production of vehicle engines, the 105 transport vehicles of the product group CUSTOM MOVE serve as workbenches and drive off the assembly workstations with the car engine to be produced. The rigid platform has a passive holding device for holding and fixing the workpiece. At the same time, the inductive track guidance ensures intermediate charging of the battery and thus 24/7 availability of the assembly vehicles.

            • Industry: Automotive
            • FTS type: CUSTOM MOVE
            • LAM: Passive
            • Navigation: Inductive lane guidance
            • Battery: Lead
            • Year: 2012
          • Outdoor

          • Where manual transport "across the yard" was previously necessary, an outdoor AGV now reliably travels between production halls or warehouses "across the yard" and closes process chains as well as material and goods flows. The vehicles navigate autonomously across the factory premises, cross railway tracks, open gates and doors and navigate to the transfer stations of production, the warehouse or the shipping department. It is important here to protect the transported goods from the effects of the weather and to ensure that AGVs are available at all times, regardless of the weather. EK AUTOMATION's transport robotics concepts for outdoor applications can be implemented with both special vehicles and automated series production industrial trucks. The AGVs are particularly reliable automation solutions designed for continuous 24/7 operation thanks to their robust design, the use of proven navigation systems, durable drive concepts and state-of-the-art personal protection equipment.

            Reference example
            In a German tobacco factory of Japan Tobacco Industries, the CUSTOM MOVE transport vehicles each take 6 material containers from roller conveyors and deliver them via the factory premises to the next production plant. They open the factory gates automatically and guarantee transport protected from the weather by roller shutter doors. Other technical features include automatic battery charging via contacts in the factory floor, a WLAN with alarm function, outdoor-approved IR transmitters, fully automatic communication with the hall gates and a device to ensure that there is no snow or ice outdoors even at low temperatures.

            • Branch: Food
            • FTS type:
            • CUSTOM MOVE
            • LAM: Roller conveyor
            • Navigation: Inductive lane guidance
            • Battery: Li-Ion
            • Year: 2016
          • Rack Storage

          • The transport robots stack the goods to be transported in block, row or on support arms. The transport robots feed and empty block or row storage. The design of the storage racks depends on influencing factors such as the goods to be transported, intended use, load capacity, turnover frequency, storage principle, space availability and whether the storage system is static or dynamic. The particular challenge here is to achieve the highest possible speed of the work processes.

            Reference example
            The factory and warehouse corridors of a global manufacturer of fast moving consumer goods in the UK are not classified as hazardous but some products contain volatile materials that could pose an explosion risk. It was therefore necessary to tailor the design and installation of two Driverless Transport Systems (AGVs) to replace conventional forklift trucks for transporting loaded pallets between two factory areas and a warehouse.

            • Industry sector:
            • Consumer Goods
            • FTS type:
            • COMPACT MOVE
            • Load handling attachment: Fork
            • Navigation: Laser
            • Battery: Lead acid
            • Year: 2009
          • Tugger AGV

          • Driverless tractors with trailers for transport over long distances. Tractors pull driveless trailers. These are manually or automatically coupled and uncoupled. The trailers either carry out an active load transfer or present a passive load handling device depending upon their configuration. This AGV type is capable of carrying a large load volume as the number of trolleys attached is variable.

            Reference example
            The 7 tractors of the SMART MOVE series are used by a renowned truck and bus manufacturer in Austria to link areas and supply working areas.

            • Industry: Automotive
            • FTS type:
            • SMART MOVE
            • LAM: Passive trailer device
            • Navigation: Inductive lane guidance
            • Battery: Li-Ion
            • Year: 2016
          • Narrow-Aisle Warehouse

          • Vehicle systems for narrow aisles and applications in high-bay warehouses. Transport robots with telescopic forks are often at home in high-bay or narrow-aisle warehouses up to 14 m long. When navigating in very confined spaces, the use of swivel forks is recommended. The aim is to achieve the highest possible speed of the operations.

            Reference example
            At Gerolsteiner Brunnen, a modified Linde-A operates a narrow-aisle warehouse.

            • Industry: Food industry
            • FTS type:
            • SMART MOVE
            • LAM: Telescopic fork
            • Navigation: Laser + Magnetic spot
            • Battery: Li-Ion
            • Year: 2015
          • Heavy load

          • Transport vehicles in various designs for the internal transport of heavy loads. Autonomous transport vehicles which move loads of 50 T. and more safely and with full mobility both indoors and on the factory premises. The transport robots can also be equipped with forks, lifting tables, roller conveyors or special load handling devices such as clamps or tongs for heavy loads.

            Reference example
            At a premium aircraft supplier in Europe, the CUSTOM MOVE Vario 800 transports large aircraft fuselage parts with a special mounting frame from the production area to the painting chamber.

            • Industry: Aviation & Transport
            • FTS type:
            • CUSTOM MOVE
            • LAM: rigid platform passive
            • Navigation: magnetic track guidance
            • Battery: Lead
            • Year: 2003
          • Special Solutions

          • We manufacture project and customer-specific autonomous transport vehicles made to measure. The vehicles are designed for special environments and requirements such as extreme temperatures, hazardous materials, outdoor use, heavy loads and the highest hygienic requirements. Here we create for you unique specimens with a service life of several decades.

            Reference example
            5 vehicles of the type CUSTOM MOVE Vario 700 are used by the company Dr. Oetker to link areas.

            • Industry: Food industry
            • FTS type:
            • CUSTOM MOVE
            • LAM: Chain conveyor
            • Navigation: Laser
            • Battery: Li-Ion
            • Year: 2017
        • Vehicles - AGV

        • Increase your productivity through efficient intralogistics

          EK AUTOMATION offers you intelligent, efficient and cost-effective solutions with independent system components. Based on 50 years of know-how, we configure the ideal AGV according to your requirements and sustainably increase your productivity.

          100% adaptation of the vehicle to the customer application

          The EK AUTOMATION vehicle types differ according to criteria such as the design and the corresponding load range. In the design phase, the selected vehicle type is then combined with the appropriate load handling equipment. We are not limited by the number of vehicles in the system. And of course it is essential to match the vehicle selection and the system to the customer's requirements. We will be happy to advise you at any time!

            • SMART MOVE

            • Series floor conveyor vehicles as driverless transport systems
              For more than 20 years EK AUTOMATION has been automating production vehicles of well-known manufacturers of industrial trucks. We equip these production vehicles with navigation and control systems and adapt the entire system to customer requirements. Since these systems work with prepared modules, we can offer a cost-effective entry into the technology of automated guided vehicle systems for many applications in different industries. Other advantages of series production vehicles include short design and commissioning times, fast deliveries and flexible adaptation options. In addition, the vehicles can still be operated manually - e.g. for special tasks. We offer EK series equipment as tractors, low-lift trucks or high-lift trucks.

                • SMART MOVE L14 – Our top seller

                • With the automated high lift truck, we can store and retrieve your goods up to over 4,000 mm in racks.


                  The basic version of the SMART MOVE L14 is equipped with laser navigation, LI-ION energy system and personal protection scanners in both directions of travel.
                • SMART MOVE L 06 – 16 AC - Universal counterbalance truck

                • With load capacities of 600, 1,000, 1,200 and 1,600 kg, we offer you 4 models that are optimally designed for your transport task.
                  The SMART MOVE AC can be used to transport a large number of different loading aids.
                  The basic equipment of the SMART MOVE L14 is equipped with laser navigation, LI-ION energy system and personal protection scanners in both directions of travel.
                • SMART MOVE CUSTOM

                • With our SMART MOVE CUSTOM we adapt your SMART MOVE vehicles completely to your requirements.
                  We integrate mechanical load safety devices, hold-down devices, centring devices or special sensors into the standard modular system.
                • SMART MOVE OUTDOOR

                • SMART MOVE OUTDOOR - EK AUTOMATION's automated series production trucks are also designed for short outdoor use.
                  We equip the vehicles with additional sensors and personal protection equipment so that the SMART MOVE vehicles can link hall areas, for example - even if there is a few metres of open space between the buildings.
                • SMART MOVE ERC 214 and 216

                • EK AUTOMATION has been automating Jungheinrich series production equipment since 1997.
                  The SMART MOVE ERC 214 and 216 is the model of the first hour.
                  The basic equipment of the SMART MOVE L14 is equipped with laser navigation, LI-ION energy system and personal protection scanners in both driving directions.
                • SMART MOVE ERE 225

                • The ERE 225 is supplied with a short or long fork. In addition to forks for 2 pallets, we also offer special forks with a length of over 3,000 mm.
                  The automated low-platform trucks can transport up to 2,500 kg in automatic mode.
                  The SMART MOVE ERE 225 is supplied as basic equipment with laser navigation.
                  For added safety, the low-platform truck can also be equipped with personal protection scanners in the fork direction.
                  In addition to the manual battery change, automatic intermediate charging concepts with LI-ION are also available.
                • SMART MOVE P30/P50C - Driverless tractor

                • Simple concept with high towing capacity. The solution offers high transport performance at extremely low costs. With the P30C and P50C from LINDE MH, EK AUTOMATION has been successfully automating tractor vehicles for many years. With trailer loads of up to 5,000 kg and full manual operability, we offer you solutions for many tasks in which trailers are to be towed.
              • FAST MOVE

              • This maximum mobility vehicle is scalable in size and can perform various transport tasks completely independently due to a multitude of different load handling devices. With an overall height of only 13 cm, a load capacity of 1,000 kg and a travel speed of up to 2 m/s, FAST MOVE establishes a completely new performance class in transport robotics.

                Smart, automated production, that exploits Industry 4.0 requires intelligent, networked and flexible material flow solutions as well as the targeted transport of goods. The fully autonomous, ultra-flat FAST MOVE transport robot from EK AUTOMATION is highly mobile, individually scalable and versatile - and thus THE transport robot for industry 4.0.

                The flexible, autonomous, scalable transport platform.
                The FAST MOVE:
                • can move freely in all directions
                • enables faster load cycles
                • solves space problems
                • is an ultra-flat vehicle
                • moves loads up to a weight of 2000 kg
                • reaches speeds up to 2 m/s
                • can be modularly adapted to any task
                • allows scaling of the chassis in 100 mm steps
                Unlimited freedom and many possibilities A total of 3 platform heights from 130 to 200 mm, 4 drive configurations and 11 different load handling attachments are available - this offers you a solution for every task. With the load handling modules, you can quickly and easily adapt the vehicle to changing tasks.
                  • Lift table 140

                  • The free lift raises the load 140 mm high. As with all models, the scanners have a 360° view. The FAST MOVE can exit from the charging aids both across and on the side.
                  • Lift table 500

                  • The free lift raises the load 150mm high. As with all models, the scanners have a 360° view. The FAST MOVE can exit from the charging aids both across and on the side.
                  • Chain conveyor

                  • The FAST MOVE can be equipped with suitable conveyors for the disposal of your palletisation, production lines or as a connection of a shelf warehouse to transport logistics.
                  • Train pin

                  • Up to three train pin with a lift of up to 50 mm ensure optimal power transmission and safe transport when pulling rolling containers or picking positions.
                  • Roller Road 50

                  • Equipment with roller tracks allows a quick lateral load transfer of cardboard boxes or plastic boxes. Multiple transfer lines can also be configured.
                     
                  • Rack

                  • With variable and customised shelf structures, the FAST MOVE is optimally equipped for picking.
                • COMPACT MOVE

                • Standardized AGV for medium loads
                  The COMPACT line stands for standardized Driverless Transport Vehicles (AGV), which are optimised for the medium-heavy load range. With COMPACT we have placed particular emphasis on offering robust, manoeuvrable, service-friendly and therefore economical vehicles. COMPACT is suitable wherever a medium transport volume has to be transported without a driver on narrow transport routes.

                  Example COMPACT GG counterbalanced truck
                  for up to 1,200 kg load weight
                  The COMPACT GG is a powerful and economical counterbalance truck. It is optimized and equipped for quick and easy commissioning.

                  The advantages at a glance:
                  • Small turning radii and narrow aisle widths, possible due to short length and manoeuvrable chassis (load transfer 90° to aisle from 3.2 m aisle width)
                  • Torsion-resistant mast for large lifting heights up to 8 m
                  • With fork sideshift and fork tilt optimally equipped for truck or container loading
                  • 5 navigation technologies available, also in combination

                  What distinguishes the COMPACT MOVE:
                  Efficiency

                  Optimum transport performance - high forward and reverse speeds, up to 2 m/s depending on the vehicle.
                  Flexibility
                  Types of navigation can be combined with each other, e.g. laser navigation in the hall for the GG stacker and contour-dependent navigation during truck loading
                  Safety
                  Our modular system offers the ideal combination for your application - e.g. safety edges on the chassis, personal protection scanners or ultrasonic sensors.
                  Service

                  friendliness Easy access to all electrical and control parts. All controls are in accessible position.
                    • HEAVY MOVE

                    • Universal driverless carrier vehicle for the high lift

                      The driverless HEAVY carrier vehicle can be equipped with any load handling device, regardless of whether you use roller conveyors, chain conveyors, passive racks or shelves. Due to the existing and proven basic design of the carrier vehicle, only the load handling attachment is adapted. The HEAVY MOVE is designed as a modular system for high lift up to 12 m, for medium-heavy loads and surface-mounted trolleys. This means for you: a driverless transport vehicle with tailor-made technology, cost-effective and without risk.

                      Advantages of the HEAVY MOVE:

                      • Proven basic design, individually adaptable thanks to modular design
                      • Roller conveyors or chain conveyors - the load handling attachments can be adapted to your needs
                      • Laser navigation - the market-leading and flexible navigation without any ground installation
                      • User-friendly touch panel with graphic diagnostic display
                      • Trolleys for diagonal and transverse travel
                      • Optimally suited for multi-shift use thanks to energy system with automatic battery change or automatic battery recharging
                      • Individual security packages for every application
                      • Payload of up to 4,000 kg
                        • CUSTOM MOVE

                        • Tailor-made driverless transporters
                          CUSTOM MOVE adapts to the customer's wishes, but above all to special environments and conditions. The individual designs of the product family optimally meet project-specific and individual requirements. Based on proven individual components, it is a reliable partner for your transport tasks. Due to its high load capacity, CUSTOM MOVE is suitable for unusual work areas.
                          • Proven basic design, individually adaptable thanks to modular design
                          • Roller conveyors or chain conveyors - the load handling attachments can be adapted to your needs
                          • Laser navigation - the market-leading and flexible navigation without any ground installation
                          • User-friendly touch panel with graphic diagnostic display
                          • Trolleys for diagonal and transverse travel
                          • Optimally suited for multi-shift use thanks to energy system with automatic battery change or automatic battery recharging
                          • Individual security packages for every application
                          • Payload of up to 4,000 kg
                              • Example CUSTOM MOVE - flat carrier vehicle with lifting platform

                              • The integrated lifting device of the CUSTOM MOVE is specially designed for trolleys. This makes it an ideal vehicle for use on narrow transport routes, especially in hospitals.

                                The advantages at a glance:

                                • Robust, electro-mechanical lifting device
                                • Extensive personal protective equipment
                                • High load capacity up to 500 kg with low overall height of 340 mm
                                • Well suited for elevator rides, typical in hospitals
                                • Finds its way thanks to installation-free environment navigation
                                • Suitable for all types of navigation, also with hybrid navigation
                                • Standardised + proven components (e.g. SICK 300, Schabmüller drives, etc.)
                                • Auto-Centering: The CUSTOM MOVE also accommodates containers that are parked at an angle of up to 20° and without stationary centering.
                                • Optimally suited for use in hospitals
                                • Energy systems for automatic battery charging 
                          • Technology

                              • What is an AGVS?

                              • Driverless transport systems (AGVSs) are automatically controlled, overhead conveyors that have their own drive and are guided without contact. The main task of AGVSs is internal material transport - both indoors and outdoors. Driverless transport systems are also referred to as Autonomous Transport Robots (ATR).

                                • one or more Automated Guided Vehicles,
                                • of a master control system,
                                • Equipment for location determination and position recording,
                                • Data transmission equipment
                                • infrastructure and peripheral facilities.
                              • What is Industry 4.0?

                              • Industry 4.0 stands for the fourth industrial revolution. After mechanisation (Industry 1.0), mass production (Industry 2.0) and automation Industry 3.0), the Internet of Things and Services is now moving into production. This is where production intermeshes with state-of-the-art information and communication technology. In this way, products can be manufactured according to individual customer requirements. The technical basis for this is intelligent, digitally networked systems and production processes. Industry 4.0 determines the entire life cycle of a product: from the idea to development, production, use, maintenance and recycling.

                                Autonomous transport robots are a key technology in industry 4.0!

                                Industry 4.0 technologies offer outstanding growth opportunities and a competitive advantage for Germany as a business location. Forecasts assume that companies can significantly increase their productivity using Industry 4.0. However, other areas will also change fundamentally. Dangerous jobs and laborious activities will disappear and new occupations and jobs will be created. Just as during Industry 3.0, society will strive for full employment in the fourth industrial revolution and, as is currently the case in Germany, will experience it.

                                Industry 4.0 technologies offer outstanding growth opportunities and a competitive advantage for the EU as a business location. Forecasts assume that companies can significantly increase their productivity using Industry 4.0. However, other areas will also change fundamentally. Dangerous jobs and laborious activities will disappear and new occupations and jobs will be created. Just as during Industry 3.0, society will strive for full employment in the fourth industrial revolution and, as is currently the case in the European Union, will experience it.

                              • Navigation

                              • Is an essential function of the transport robot and controls the direction and speed of travel in real time on the basis of position and destination. Based on the transport task and your general conditions, we select the type of navigation best suited to your application. Our multisensor-capable control basis enables hybrid systems and thus the most varied types of control. Our flexible systems are easy to change and expand. Therefore EK Navigation is a long-term safe innovation.

                                • Contour navigation: NAV 100
                                • Laser navigation: NAV 800
                                • Magnetic point navigation: NAV 300, NAV 200
                                • Optical Navigation: NAV 400
                                • Inductive navigation with contactless energy transfer: NAV 600
                                • Hybrid Navigation: Combination

                                When recording the requirements and environmental conditions for our customers' plants, important criteria in addition to the costs are the environmental requirements (e.g. flooring), the degree of flexibility required and the type of application.

                              • Automatic load handling

                              • EK AUTOMATION offers both standardized load handling attachments (LAM) and individual designs for special applications.
                              • Security

                              • Driverless transport systems move on general internal traffic routes. The demands on your safety are correspondingly high. When it comes to the important issue of personal and machine protection, customers can rely on EK AUTOMATION to ensure that everything runs smoothly and error-free. Our systems naturally comply with the relevant European safety regulations. In addition, we implement measures based on our many years of experience. We work with state-of-the-art, industry-proven standard components - additional components are possible at any time.
                              • Our system control for Transport Robots

                              • The components and function of the control system of the AGV

                                Our PLC and PC-based control systems are based on a software kernel that has been tried and tested over many years and is continuously developed further and adapted to the latest requirements.

                              • Energy System

                              • The selection of a suitable energy system is another important step in the planning of an AGV system with transport robots. The operating conditions such as operating time, shift operation, investment costs, floor conditions, etc. are the influencing factors for the selection of the suitable energy concept. With our more than 50 years of experience, we guarantee the selection of the most suitable energy supply for their customers in the planning and project planning phase.
                              • Material Flow Control

                              • As a platform for material flow control, we also offer our customers our production management system MES-CON, which is frequently used to control production processes or internal logistics processes, such as driverless transport systems.

                                What is MES-CON?

                                MES-CON OS helps the user with the handling of material flow and warehouse management. The driverless transport system software controls your modules process-oriented - from the control system over area control up to driverless transport systems. Thus, MES-CON is a modular, process-oriented operating production management system (MES), which connects the company management level (ERP) with the production level. The software integrates driverless transport systems as well as all production equipment involved in the material flow. This approach enables the holistic control of all processes. Based on the recorded process key figures, individual optimisation potentials are determined and weak points are identified.