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Production Line AGV

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are integral to maintaining a smooth and efficient production line, especially when they are required to keep a pre-defined separation distance and ensure functional safety through emergency stopping capabilities.

Challenge

Ensuring that AGVs maintain a pre-defined separation distance on the production line while also having a functionally safe emergency stopping feature. Additionally, control and safety-related data traffic needs to be transmitted continuously for several applications in parallel to ensure uninterrupted, continuous movement of AGVs, which is a prerequisite for high productivity and optimal production output.

Solution

  • Control: Bridge E enables AGVs to share low-latency controls among them, allowing them to move in “lockstep” and maintain a pre-defined separation distance. It utilizes PROFIsafe over PROFINET with a PROFINET cycle time of 32ms.
  • Functional Safety: Bridge E allows for the inclusion of a wireless emergency stopping function for a “platoon of vehicles”, ensuring that the AGVs can be halted safely in an emergency

Key Takeaways

  • Ensures AGVs maintain a pre-defined separation distance.

  • Provides a functionally safe wireless emergency stopping feature.

  • Facilitates continuous and parallel transmission of control and safety-related data traffic.

Learn how Bridge E can safeguard and optimize your AGV operations on the production line. Contact us for more information and a personalized demo.

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