Robotic Trolley Conveyor System Doubles Capacity

The application of robotics to transportation technologies is accelerating to help manufacturing and packaging operations become more flexible as they adapt to changing customer demands. Evidence of the growing combination of conveyors and robotic systems was on display at the RoEq booth at Modex 2022 in Atlanta.

At the event, RoEq highlighted the release of its TMS-C500 Ext and S-Cart500 Ext, which allow users of the MiR250 Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) to have the robot carry up to 500 kg of payload. (1,102 lbs.), which doubles the 250 kg payload of the MiR250 (as its name suggests). The TMS-C500 Ext top module design also increases the size of cargo that can be carried – up to 1.2 meters (47.2 inches) in length – without affecting access to the emergency stop button of the cart.

Michael Ejstrup Hansen, CEO of RoEq, said RoEq’s standardized mobile robotic equipment is designed to be compatible with MiR AMRs, including compliance with applicable safety regulations, such as the European standard EN 1525:1997 and American ANSI/ITSDF B56.5-2019. Hansen noted that, Like all RoEq top modules, the TMS-C500 Ext comes with RoEq Assist software that loads pre-coded missions into the MiR robot, which can then be edited in the MiR interface for quick and consistent application deployments from the robot. ‘AMR.

In this video, captured at Modex 2022, Jonathen Keravolias, Americas Sales Manager for RoEq, explains RoEq’s GuardCom and Top Roller systems. The GuardCom system uses sensors to enable communication between RoEq top rollers (conveyors that fit above AMRs) and stationary conveyors. RoEq’s TR125 top roller system is used in the demonstration. GuardCom’s goal is to replace the use of Wi-Fi communication between such systems which can be affected by signal delays, causing problems in transferring goods from mobile robots to conveyors and vice versa.