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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6XL)

11/02/2020 - 13/02/2020

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Flexible transport system

Flexible transport system

B&R has unveiled a new intelligent transport system, saying ACOPOStrak is the first system in the world to extend the economies of mass production down to batches of one. The purely electromagnetic ACOPOStrak diverters divide and merge product flows at full production speed.

Among their many advantages is the ability to include a pit lane in the track layout. New shuttles are mounted on the pit lane and then channelled onto the track's actual production lines via a diverter. In the same way, any shuttles that are no longer needed can simply be rerouted to the pit lane. All of this takes place at full production speed. “It becomes possible to perform product changeover with zero downtime,” explained B&R’s mechatronics manager Robert Kickinger at the unveiling event.

ACOPOStrak’s absolute design flexibility allows it to morph into all types of open and closed layouts by arranging different combinations of track segments. The system is capable of 5g acceleration and reaches top speeds in excess of 4m per second with a minimum product pitch of only 50mm.

 

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