The advantages of an SLS system are not just limited to a greater load unit handling capacity or the flexibility of raised routes.
SLS devices are also interesting in terms of the cost profile. Compared to traditional handling systems, the SLS system requires particularly few control components. Even energy consumption I less; just think of the energetic comparison of a single drive unit (a shuttle) with the numerous driver required to transfer goods along a very long traditional conveyor (configurations that connect work areas hundreds of meters apart are not uncommon).
Dynamic balancing of work areas involved in the handling system
The tasks assigned to the single workstations may be automatically varied by the system, based on the yield of the individual stations, without interfering with the overall line handling capacity.
Data exchange and energy supply
Communication with all stations on the ground and the exchange of control signals normally takes place using Wi-Fi technology. For particularly complex or vast routes, or to avoid interference with other Wi-Fi devices in the plant, it is preferable to use the R-Coax communication technology. The power supply system is shared by all shuttles, each of which acquires electrical energy from a distribution line to which it is constantly connected along the entire rail route.
The SLS system is made up of independent drive handling units. The maximum speed that may be reached by each unit is 300 m/min (5.0 m/s) with an acceleration of 2 m/s2. Shuttle kinematic performance may vary based on the specifics of the load unit being transported and on the environmental conditions in which the system operates.