Because challenges need solutions
The parts for which KNOLL Maschinenbau offers intelligent, automated transport and assembly solutions can be large, bulky and heavy. The Bad Saulgau-based company will be demonstrating this at automatica 2023 (Booth A6.308), which will be held in Munich from June 27 to 31. Two exhibits will allow visitors to experience live how stationary and mobile conveyor systems work hand in hand and how ground-level transport solutions can be implemented without great effort.
What is a blue elephant doing at the automatica trade fair booth of KNOLL Maschinenbau GmbH? As a symbol for large, bulky goods to be transported, it is moved on a carrier plate over a 5 m long accumulation roller conveyor section. At one end, a lifting table lifts it to an ergonomic height; at the other, it is taken over by an automated guided vehicle (AGV), which makes a collision-free circuit with it. With its diverse automation program, KNOLL masters even the most challenging customer requirements.
The systems are modular in regard to mechanical and electronic elements, as well as bus systems. This means that KNOLL's automation specialists are always able to implement precisely tailored solutions of any size and design for use in production, assembly and logistics.
KNOLL chain and roller conveyors form the basis, and they are supplemented by standardized or customer-specific mechanical components, such as on and off ramps, turning stations, corner transfer units and platforms, as well as lifting units and more. The intelligent combination of stationary and mobile conveyor systems ensures a high degree of flexibility. In regard to AGVs, KNOLL is connected with SAFELOG GmbH, Markt Schwaben. Their vehicles are equipped with an autonomous, agent-based control system and are therefore ideally suited for the forklift-free and automatic supply of assembly lines with components and shopping carts.
Another transport experience at the KNOLL trade fair booth is provided by a mobile meeting table that allows visitors to experience the cycling of line assemblies while seated. This is because the table stands on a KNOLL TS-Z drag chain transport system, which is designed for transport close to the floor. It is characterized by an installation height of less than 60 mm and - as shown at the trade fair - can also be implemented without floor installations.
The design possibilities are manifold. The TS-Z is available in a straight version or optionally with curved sections. KNOLL relies on robust technology. It enables the TS-Z to continuously convey even heavy goods and components at individual speeds. According to customer requirements, KNOLL implements carriage systems, adjustable stoppers, turning stations, indexing units, height-adjustable and rotatable scissor lift tables, as well as individual enclosures.
All KNOLL systems ensure a short amortization period and can be expanded almost at will. The supplied items range from the mechanics, including sensors and drive technology, up to a complete system with control technology and visualization.