Motek Hall 3, 3420 Stand
Conventional transfer systems, which are based purely on the principle of continuous conveyors, quickly reach their limits during continuous workpiece transport in modern transfer and assembly systems. Schnaithmann combines the advantages of continuous conveyor systems with those of flexible multi-carrier systems (MCS), thus reducing cycle times.
The hybrid transfer system creates new functionalities within a conveyor system. In addition to the classic functions of the continuous conveyor system, such as transport and storage, multi-carrier systems, which are usually driven by linear motors, can also be positioned and synchronized and asynchronously traversed. With different speed profiles, the MCS can dynamically adjust workpiece delivery to processes such as assembly, inspection, welding or gluing.
A modular multi-carrier system MCS jointly developed by Festo and Siemens can be easily adapted to existing machine concepts and integrated precisely into existing transport solutions. In order to use the linear motor technology, Schnaithmann only had to equip its standard workpiece carriers with an additional permanent magnet. In addition, no modifications were necessary.
Since the MCS is based on the "single carriage principle", the individual workpiece carriers can be individually controlled with regard to speed and acceleration. This makes it possible to group individual workpiece carriers into groups, or to equalize continuous streams of goods. The workpiece carriers can be moved synchronously in both directions both relative to one another and together.