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Production transport system carries five times more load

09 August, 2019

Rockwell Automation has upgraded its MagneMover Lite production transport system, allowing it to move heavier products and support larger-scale applications. The system, which uses independent carts to move items along production lines, can now carry loads of up to 10kg ­­– five times more than before – and supports larger applications.

The system is said to offer a faster, more flexible alternative to traditional conveyors, and caters especially for manufacturers wanting to produce more customised products with shorter production runs and more frequent changeovers. It reduces downtime by allowing changeovers at the push of a button, with no mechanical intervention.

Products are moved rapidly on wheeled carts along a motorised track. New cart options offer users five times more carrying capacity than sliding carts. The single- and tandem-wheeled carts can carry payloads of up to 2.5kg and 10kg, respectively. This allows producers to scale up from one product size to another without needing multiple machines to produce and package different variants.

Serial communications have been replaced by Ethernet-enabled motors and Ethernet-based node controllers, improving layout flexibility for users. Hundreds of carts can be run on a track, while requiring fewer node controllers. The system is said to be ideal for large applications using long paths with high switch and cart densities.

Rockwell's enhanced production transport system offers five times higher load-carrying capacities and supports larger installations

“Machine-builders and manufacturers that have seen how this technology can re-imagine manufacturing, assembly and packaging operations have been eager to do more with it,” says Neil Bentley, Rockwell’s director of product line management. “That’s why we enhanced the MagneMover Lite system. It supports bigger payloads. It delivers even better performance. And it can scale applications up to previously unseen sizes.”

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