Learn more about how Smart Conveyance enables efficiencies in the development and performance of automation solutions.
What is Smart Conveyance?
Smart Conveyance does more than move parts from A to B. It provides significant value to machine builders and end users because material costs and engineering hours can be reduced by asynchronous motion to simplify system design and access integrated functionality through an intelligent user interface to achieve higher performance with less risk.
The SuperTrak CONVEYANCE™ Advantage
The SuperTrak GEN3™ platform is a Smart Conveyance technology that provides value by incorporating a number of features into one platform, enabling a higher level of performance for your automation with less engineering and risk. The SuperTrak GEN3™ platform offers three major advantages over a traditional conveyor system:
Independent Shuttle Control
Key Benefits of Independent Shuttle Control
While all three are major factors in the SuperTrak CONVEYANCE™ advantage, independent shuttle control unlocks its own set of key benefits that can directly impact efficiencies in the final system.
OEE: Operational Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is one metric tied to output, availability, and quality, and is often top of mind for the user. By reducing the time parts spend in motion while not being processed and enabling the smart use of multiple variants, Smart Conveyance directly improves the system OEE.
Simplification: Smart Conveyance can simplify the system by removing unnecessary duplicate stations and satellite systems. It also helps simplify by reducing operation time for part changeovers, downtime recovery, and general scheduled maintenance.
Operations: Indirect benefits occur from reclaiming factory footprint to add to future operations, expansion of use-vs-market demand, reduction of integration risk, and the option of duplicating the system anywhere worldwide depending on market demand.
The Right Mix for Smart Conveyance
When application requirements are a balanced mix of speed, precision and independent shuttle control, Smart Conveyance can have a significant impact on the design and cost of the system.
Less Engineering – Less Risk.
Smart Conveyance provides value by incorporating a number of features into one platform, allowing a higher level of performance and productivity than that of traditional conveyance.
One thing that a Smart Conveyance platform like SuperTrak GEN3™ has that traditional conveyors do not is integrated functionality, including:
- Target routing: configuring the destination of each shuttle, at each step of the process.
- Position triggers: ability to trigger external devices to perform actions on the fly.
- Pre-arrival notifications: communicating timing so that tooling is ready to work as soon as the shuttle arrives.
- Move configuration: a set of values that describe the shuttle’s destination and motion parameters.
- Motion regions: defined areas of SuperTrak GEN3™ enabling differing shuttle behaviour.
- Collision avoidance: automating the space between shuttles to ensure safe transport.
- Offsets: allow for optimizing the system in a simple fashion, and can easily activate offsets from PLC
- Shuttle length: distance between the longest points of the shuttle shelf
- Shuttle ID: digital identifications assigned to shuttles.
Learn more about integrated functionality and how it can help your business at SuperTrak™ Academy
Conveyance is Motion
Conveyance is motion; it moves a part or workpiece from station to station. Understanding the motion capability of the conveyance system determines what needs to be built on top of it.
While most conveyance systems are passive, Smart Conveyance makes motion active, impacting the overall process itself
What Makes Conveyance Smart?
How does smart technology help you in your day-to-day business? There must be a level of capability inherent inside a piece of technology for it to be smart, so that can be used like a service. Smart phones, sensors, thermostats, cars, and fridges are examples of smart technologies and products creating more efficiencies in your life. You don’t necessarily need to know the complexity of how it functions as the technology does that for you, you just need to know how to use it.
The factors that define smart products are:
- Integrated Functionality
- Performance Optimization
- Diagnostic Insight
- Energy Efficiency
- User Interface
The benefit of smart technology, or Smart Conveyance in the manufacturing space is that it can greatly reduce your factory footprint, faster downtime recovery, and improved OEE.
How Does Conveyance Impact Your Automation System?
The shape and size of an automation system are often the result of the foundation. Utilizing features found only on SuperTrak CONVEYANCE™ platforms can have a significant impact on tooling complexity and the number of stations required, resulting a smaller factory footprint. Additionally, the system configuration options with SuperTrak GEN3™ allows designers to accommodate unique spacing challenges and can even be built around or integrated into existing automation.
Conveyance impacts all three components of OEE:
Availability – Conveyance is the one component that spans the entire system. If conveyance is down, everything is down.
Quality – Conveyance tracks the status and the destination of good parts and bad parts. It can also track the history of a bad part to determine if it can be converted to a good part.
Performance – Conveyance is critical to getting parts in and out of stations to meet cycle time requirements.
Conveyance is the process connector. It can act as a conduit to collect information about the overall system status and the parts being produced.
Get Started with Smart Conveyance
Speak with a SuperTrak CONVEYANCE™ team member today to see how you can unlock your process’s potential by levering higher speed, increased precision, and independent shuttle control.
If you have an upcoming project, now is the time to start thinking about your conveyance system.