Innovative solutions from Phoenix Contact for the use of self-propelled robots

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, even heavy ones, 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 these systems in one’s own structure involves new arrangements and appropriate adaptations. First, security: What security measures need to 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?

Phoenix Contact, which boasts twenty years of experience in supporting customers in the development of machines and systems, offers a range of innovative solutions to improve the use of these self-propelled robots.

In the large package of Phoenix Contact solutions to improve the management of AGV and AMR systems and make production activity even more efficient, there is first and foremost the open control platform PLCnext Technology with Linux operating system, with which it is possible to add and program various autonomous robot functions with third-party software and use high-level languages ​​such as C, C ++, Matlab, Phyton.

Not only that, it is possible to have systems for reliable transmission of data via wireless and devices for a safe human-machine and machine-machine interaction. The modules of the WLAN series from Phoenix Contact ensure efficient and reliable data communication that is stable and without interference.

The greater autonomy of the battery is achieved instead thanks to solutions that can control the power supply to the various components installed inside the robot in an optimized way. The battery is 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.

Navigation can also be made free from fixed infrastructures, for maximum freedom of movement for the self-propelled robot. Thanks to the Accerion navigation system, Phoenix Contact offers sub-millimeter accuracy, even in dynamic environments. Configuration is quick and easy on all mobile robots.

Greater charging freedom is also ensured with the wireless docker system: the efficiency and productivity of AGVs and AMRs are increased thanks to wireless charging, which allows fast, wear-free execution, eliminating maintenance activities. The proposed wireless system eliminates all electrical problems and enables fast recharging for greater availability of the robots.

Finally, greater operator safety and machine integrity are guaranteed by 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 “Motion Monitoring” missions.

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