Automotive

LMS, which is a 100% subsidiary of Ferrostaal Automotive GmbH in Essen, is a neutral service provider with approx. 420 employees.

Features and advantages 

 

  • CleverMax is a simple and inexpensive vehicle featuring proven  technology and  a standarized, modular design for industrial applications.
  • The driving course can be configured individually by the operator.
  • CleverMax can travel a 90 degree curve at a radius of 1,000 mm.
  • 43 automated guided vehicle systems type CleverMax

LMS, which is a 100% subsidiary of Ferrostaal Automotive GmbH in Essen, is a neutral service provider with approx. 420 employees. Every 32 seconds a motor has to be ready at the final assembly line in the Ford factory. This demand takes priority over each and every activity. A longer malfunction of one member may lead to a stoppage in the production of Ford and, consequently, to damage running into millions.

 

Objective/solution

CleverMax is a simple and inexpensive vehicle featuring proven technology and a standarized, modular design for industrial applications. The driving course can be configured individually by the operator. The device is available as unit load carrier or tugger. It is used for order picking and distribution as well as for delivering material to assembly lines and production machines or - as in the present case - as a mobile assembly platform. To offer workers an ergonomic workplace, each of the new vehicles has been equipped with a scissor lift table with a stroke of 500 mm to make working at the motors more comfortable. Moreover, one aspect in favour of CleverMax was the fact that it can travel a 90 degree curve at a radius of 1,000 mm. This saves precious space.

 

Technology

Another distinctive feature is the hybrid energy supply of the AGVs combining two technologies. On the one hand, the vehicles are supplied with energy inductively via a guide wire installed in the floor, on the other hand, being equipped with an on-board battery, the vehicles can be moved forward and backward via joystick off the track proper. 

 

Summary

The biggest challenge for the installation of the plant was time. There were just the 3 weeks of Ford's plant vacation shutdown in July 2010. In this time, the old facilities in Saarlouis had to be removed, the floor had to be renovated, all assembly stations had to be refurbished and/or renewed and reprogrammed, and the AGV had to be installed and commissioned.