The possibility of intervening on work route configurations is the factor that has essentially determined the widespread use of automated carts.
When it comes to scheduling and routing, CASSIOLI control systems monitor all information regarding vehicle positioning and status, as well as requests being received by the production system. In any given situation, the CASSIOLI control system processes available information, and determines the most efficient route in real-time.
Double Navigation System.
If our decades of experience in the field of automated vehicles has taught us anything, it’s that there is no single guiding system that works in every industrial application. For example, in some layouts such as those featuring long, narrow aisles, tunnels near industrial ovens, or those with routes that take the vehicle outside the enclosed space, accurate laser triangulation is not possible. In these instances, CASSIOLI’s AGVs and LGVs utilize a double navigation system: laser guidance technology integrated with induction-guidance technology, which provides direction based on magnetic fields generated by pellets embedded in the floor. In specific cases, a special video camera may also be used to provide information to the navigation system.
Our researchers are always looking for opportunities offered by new technologies. WiFi is a good example. In CASSIOLI systems, all data exchanges between any single cart and the main control system occur via Wi-Fi. The potential for communication overload and electromagnetic interference have always been a constraint for traditional AGV systems, which were historically connected to the main system by means of radio frequency channels. By using Wi-Fi technology, the CASSIOLI cart control system receives information from the first level management system directly through an Ethernet network. As a result, the whole cart logic is not controlled by a PLC – rather a PC – which can independently control some functions related to traffic management. Switching from a centralized control system, typical of traditional PLC controlled carts, to a distributed control system, typical of new CASSIOLI PC controlled carts, improves computing and communication speed with the “ground control” PC, thereby increasing cart reliability.
CASSIOLI AGV, LGV, and AGC carts can be fully integrated with any other handling device: palletizers, robotized areas, end-of-line machines and automated warehouses. Cart supervisor modules will interface with virtually any upper-level corporate information system (SAP, department, etc.).
With CASSIOLI’s state-of-the-art control systems, cloud-based access allows for remote diagnostics and the debugging of native AGV software, which allows not only for safer diagnostics, but also for fewer interruptions in operations.