Teknos, major European paint manufacturer, together with Rocla, experienced AGV system supplier, have chosen the NDC8 platform from Danaher Motion to expand an existing AGV system running System 7.
A key to success was the possibility to add modern NDC8 vehicles, without having to replace the entire existing system. The seamless upgrade support in NDC8 enables mixing System 7 and NDC8 vehicles side-by-side in the same system. This solution fits the needs both when expanding existing systems and upgrading AGVs to extend life and modernize equipment. An added benefit of seamless upgrade is that it allows replacement of vehicles one-by-one, spreading costs, and avoiding downtime in the factory.
“Operating modern and supported products will keep your maintenance cost at a minimum. And the seamless upgrade support in NDC8 is enabling this.” says Mikael Björn, Product Line Manager at Danaher Motion Särö.
The first step was to upgrade the system controller. Then the layout was converted using the export tool included as part of the upgrade support. Communication using WLAN was set up for NDC8 vehicles, while System 7 vehicles continue to utilize the existing narrow-band radio modems.
“The Export Tool was great!” says Mika Vekkeli, Director of AGV Services at Rocla.
Today the AGV system including four laser guided vehicles is in full production, with three vehicles based on System 7 and one based on NDC8, and at the same time has taken the first step towards a fully modernized NDC8 solution.
“We are happy that we have been able to improve productivity in the existing AGV system, using future-proof technology.” says Aulis Ritari, Maintenance Manager at Teknos.
Teknos is one of Scandinavia's leading suppliers of industrial coatings and a major participant in the retail and architectural paint markets. Group companies operate in Scandinavia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, and Russia, and through a well-established network of agents and representatives in about twenty other European countries. Teknos employs around 950 staff, with over 150 working in research and development. Group turnover is EUR 230 million.
Rocla develops, manufactures and markets electric warehouse trucks and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and information services during their lifespan. Rocla’s own product range is complemented by Caterpillar counterbalance trucks. Rocla offers a comprehensive range of truck related service to customers in its home markets: an extensive range of trucks, versatile financing solutions, truck rental, truck maintenance and inspection and training services. Rocla markets its trucks through an extensive network of leading regional dealers. The Group’s business concept is to supply products and services that produce time savings for customers, and to be the fastest partner in the materials handling sector.
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