More and more factories are using self-propelled units internally to make their production processes more efficient. Compared to traditional handling systems, AGVs and AMRs are more flexible, perform many tasks, including heavy, and are used to perform any task, such as handling. These self-propelled robots are known for reducing human error in repetitive job execution and optimizing tasks in favor of greater production availability. AGVs and AMRs improve ergonomics, safety and are perfect for increasing the efficiency of your business.
On the other hand, a massive use of AGV and AMR systems within its own structure and organization involves new structures and appropriate adaptations. First it security: What safety precautions must be taken to make the various devices coexist in a single environment? How is the integrity of operators and machines maintained? How do you get these robots to interact with the surrounding environment in total safety?
In addition to safety, the navigation system of these robots must also be considered, updated and calibrated for greater dynamism and flexibility.
If you do not have a reliable and stable communication system, the whole production process is ultimately compromised. How to streamline communication between the various self-propelled robots? How can they interact with other machines and operators?
The role of the control system
Phoenix Contact, which boasts twenty years of experience in supporting its customers in the development of machines and systems, offers a range of innovative solutions to improve the use of these self-propelled robots: from the latest generation of PLCnext Technology controller, on board the vehicle, which allows the integration of additional functions according to a modular approach, to systems for reliable transmission of data via wireless, to devices for safe human-machine and machine-machine interaction, up to devices for energy management, which makes it more efficient battery and recharge.
Phoenix Contact today offers a large package of solutions to improve the management of AGV / AMR systems and make production even more efficient. The package consists of:
- Easy integration of functions with built-in vehicle control. Through PLCnext Technology’s open control platform, with Linux operating system, it is possible to add and program various functions in the self-propelled robot with third-party software and use high-level languages such as C, C ++, Matlab, Phyton. Additional features consist of extremely compact hardware to save space for other installations.
- Reliable wi-fi communication with more efficient WLAN modules for stable and interference-free data transmission. The modules in the Phoenix Contact WLAN series ensure efficient and reliable communication.
- Greater battery autonomy thanks to solutions that are able to optimally control the power supply of the various components installed inside the robot. The battery is also used by minimizing heat dissipation as much as possible. The absence of interactions and disturbances in the power supply to the various subsystems present on board the AGV / AMR is an additional advantage of the use of the proposed solutions.
- Free navigation from fixed infrastructures and for maximum freedom of movement for the self-propelled robot. Thanks to the navigation system, the Accerion Phoenix Contact offers sub-millimeter accuracy, even in dynamic environments. Configuration is easy and instant on all mobile robots.
- Greater charging freedom with the wireless Docker system: Increased efficiency and productivity for AGVs and AMRs thanks to wireless charging that allows fast, wear-free execution and no maintenance tasks. The proposed wireless system eliminates all electrical problems and enables fast recharging for greater availability of the robots. The solution fits any existing battery pack.
- Improved operator safety and machine integrity through the PLCnext Technology control platform. Thanks to Profisafe security features, mobile devices can interact simultaneously with the production line in total security. The distances are controlled according to a more dynamic approach with the possibility of modulating the depth according to the speed during the missions: “Motion Monitoring”.