Avery Dennison Belgie BVBA
AGV at Avery Dennison in Belgium
In cooperation with its Belgian partner NV FERAG SA, BeeWaTec-Systems GmbH has installed an automatic guided vehicle system (AGV) with optical tracking at one of the plants operated by Avery Dennison, a leading manufacturer of industrial tapes for the hygiene sector.
The overall system consists of a „Spurmeise“ type AGV, which is responsible for the transportation of pallets, and a master computer, which coordinates order management, traffic control and communication with the packaging machine. Orders are generated with BeeWaTec-Systems’s radio call unit, which supports the wireless transmission of up to 8 different orders to the master computer. The overall system is to be implemented in three stages, with the ultimate aim being to replace the entire pallet transportation system that is currently used in production with an automatic guided vehicle system.
Stage one, which was completed in 2013, involved the AGV taking over waste disposal on the production line, which consists of 5 machines operating in a two-shift pattern. In the first stage of expansion, the AGV transports pallets with finished goods from the pick-up point at the machines to a central packaging machine, which then heat-seals the pallets and forwards them to the warehouse via a conveyor system.
As described above, orders are generated with the radio call unit supplied by BeeWaTec-Systems. The machine operator presses a button on the unit to confirm that the pallet is ready to be picked up. The orders are received by the master computer and distributed to the AGV according to the principle of FIFO. Communication with the packaging machine and the warehouse controller connected to it, as well as the opening and closing of the high-speed gate on the circuit, are managed via the master computer.
During the second stage, which is scheduled for 2014, additional machines in production will be integrated into the AGV system and the track will be expanded accordingly. In the final stage, the supply of empty pallets to the machine, which has been a manual process until now, will be taken over by the AGV system. As part of the expansion of the system, a second AGV will be added in order to manage the increase in the volume of goods to be transported.
The simplicity of the system is topped off by manual battery changes at the end of a shift. The result is an overall system which is very easy to operate.