AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE CONTROL PLATFORM
Danaher Motion has introduced version 1.4 of its NDC8 control platform for automated guided vehicles (AGVs). The control platform now supports up to 10 ac drives per AGV. The drives can be used for steering, driving or auxiliary control, and ac technology helps increase power while reducing running costs. An updated curve-editing tool provides the freedom to adapt each AGV layout to suit specific application needs, and new spline-based flexible curves allow for increased vehicle speed at corners, while saving floor space when negotiating tight corners.
An improved tool set is said to provide statistical data to optimize overall transport flow and increase system productivity.
Additionally, the route-planning tool set has been enhanced and helps users to limit and avoid AGV traffic congestion problems. Ladder Diagram Language has been added to the NDC8 PLC programming environment, OpenPCS, for even more flexibility in customizing AGV solutions. The new version of OpenPCS now supports all 5 standard interoperable languages of IEC 61131-3.