Driverless transport in the tightest spaces
The C-MATIC automated mobile platform from Linde Material Handling is ideal for transporting material over short and medium distances in confined spaces. The load can be picked up and set down together with trolleys that the C-MATIC can drive underneath. Transport between static reloading stations or conveyor belts is also possible. Depending on the model, the automated platform can handle maximum loads of 1,300, 2,200, or 3,300 lbs.
The C-MATIC reliably detects its surroundings using a laser scanner and reacts instantly when people, trucks, or other obstacles are blocking its path. It doesn’t make any difference whether these are moving or stationary obstacles. Real-time information processing enables the C-MATIC to adjust its speed to the situation or to remain stationary until any people or trucks have left its monitoring zone. It therefore delivers the ideal combination of maximum productivity and the highest possible levels of safety. The C-MATIC is also equipped with a robust all-round collision protection system for additional protection, especially when turning on the spot and reversing. In addition, it has separate emergency stop switches on all four sides.
The C-MATIC navigates using QR codes that are affixed to the hall floor along the transport routes at roughly one-meter intervals. The QR codes have a unique ID and are saved as reference points on a digital map. The software calculates the optimal route for each transport order. The trolleys that are optionally available are also equipped with QR codes. This makes it possible to identify the goods to be transported, assign storage locations and set-down locations, and position the load carrier, for example in order to set down material at machines according to the demand. The software provided with an autonomous charging station can also optionally monitor and control automated charging of the batteries. Once the charge falls below a certain level or if the truck is not currently being used, the C-MATIC drives to the charging station and is available again for use once it is fully charged or if it is urgently needed.
The C-MATIC’s robust technology allows for long maintenance intervals and ensures reduced service and lifecycle costs. The main electronic and mechanical components are easily accessible, enabling any maintenance work to be carried out efficiently. This design-to-service principle also contributes to the truck’s high operational availability. All the truck data can be read out via a cable connection.