In the light metal production industry, where operation is 24/7, there is a constant challenge to further improve the safe working environment. Hencon stepped up to this challenge by developing a solution for the transportation of anodes without operators. The first Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are being delivered to the potroom of an aluminium production plant.
Hencon engineers have developed a fully autonomous computer-controlled electric vehicle for this purpose. “We had to take into consideration lots of external factors, the magnetic field being the most challenging” pointed out Project Manager Rudi Roth of Hencon. “After an extensive test period we made the AGVs in such a way that the magnetic field will have no direct influence on the operation of the machine”.
The Hencon AGV can run 24/7 between all positions within the entire programmed area. Along the route, mounted positioning tags ensure that the AGV will follow the right route at all times. The machine operates with a maximum deviation of only 15 mm and will remain accurate even if the positioning tags become blocked. The unique Hencon Supervising
System creates the most efficient routing. The AGV will be directed to the specific locations indicated by the Manufacturing Execution System (MES). This guarantees that the AGV is always at the right place at the right time, ensuring maximum production efficiency.