Automated Guided Carts

IDC Corporation partners with Auto-Craft Tool and Die to produce a line of Automated Guided Carts (AGCs) for various industrial applications, including standard product line carts and custom-designed systems tailored to specific customer needs.

The various models are built on a common control architecture that support various mechanical configurations, and support operations ranging from simple delivery loops to sophisticated multi-destination routes with “Dispatch” bits that allow the units to dynamically navigate at run-time based on simple user destination selections.

A Step Program central concept allows systems to be field-programmed by customers, or by factory Application Support teams. Each Step allows control of distance, speed, direction, sound, collision avoidance and intersection management, and can manage and/or monitor general-purpose 24 Volt DC I/O points. Simple applications use just a few steps in sequence to achieve their function; advanced applications can take advantage of many steps, and branch to different steps when certain I/O or Dispatch conditions occur, providing run-time routing variations.

Exclusive Cart-to-Cart radio communication feature allows intersection management in many cases even without a Master Control panel, by prioritizing steps where paths cross or where queues are needed. Simple Radio I/O units can be used to interface between the AGCs and customer automation. Full-fledged Master Cart Control panels are also available and can be built upon various industrial-grade PLC controls to interface with customer plant information and automation systems.

All units include built-in AC-powered battery chargers, with options available for automatic charging at drive-up charge stations.

AGC models

LD1500 Series Tugger and Unit Load Models

Extremely compact yet full of features, these economical units feature ergonomic locations for user interface elements such as lights, pushbuttons, and Human-Machine Interface (HMI) panel. Capable of handling a total load of 1500 pounds, with up to 500 pounds “on deck”, these are ideal for either towing applications or for on-board material handling fixtures. These highly maneuverable units feature “front wheel drive” that can turn more than 90 degrees in either direction, allowing them to get into very tight locations. In the Unit Load configuration (i.e., with the payload on board instead of on a trailer) and with optional reverse safety features they can even back into or out of work stations.

Suitable for a wide range of applications, LD1500 models can be configured for jobs ranging from the very simple (e.g., start with a pushbutton, follow a path, stop after a distance or at a marker, and repeat) to sophisticated systems using features like multiple destination selections, alternate routing based on sensors, radio reporting and intersection management, or on-board material handling actuators.

For more information, see the LD1500 Tugger models specification sheet.

LD1500 Series Tunnel Models

These units have all the functionality of the LD1500 Tugger units, but are built in a low-profile configuration so that they can drive under a payload, attach to it and take it to a new place and leave it there automatically while proceeding to their next assignment.

These are particularly economical because each unit can, over a suitable interval of time, manage material movement to and/or from multiple destinations. This multi-tasking ability allows for a rapid return on investment.

For more information, see the LD1500 Tunnel models specification sheet.

E3500 Series Tunnel Models

These economical units feature low-profile controls and mechanicsv so that they can tunnel underneath “payload carriers”, providing the capability for a small number of AGCs to mobilize a much larger number of payload carriers very cost-effectively. Operator interaction need is minimized by their ability to automatically release one payload and proceed elsewhere to automatically pick up their next unit.

Capable of moving a total load of 3500 pounds, these are ideal for applications where a batch of materials need to be delivered to a work site, where they can be left standing while the AGC goes on to do work. For example, they can deliver a kit of parts to the upstream end of a skillet line, proceed to a downstream location and pick up an emptied kit and return it to the kit preparation area.

Suitable for a wide range of applications, E-3500 models can be configured for jobs ranging from the very simple (e.g., start with a pushbutton, follow a path, stop after a distance or at a marker, and repeat) to sophisticated systems using features like multiple destination selections, alternate routing based on sensors or user input, radio reporting and intersection management, or on-board material handling actuators.

For more information, see the E3500 Tunnel models specification sheet.

E3500 Series Tugger and Unit Load Models

These economical units feature ergonomic locations for user interface elements such as lights, pushbuttons, and Human-Machine Interface (HMI) panel. Capable of handling a total load of 3500 pounds, with up to 1000 pounds “on deck”, these are ideal for either towing applications or for on-board material handling fixtures.

Suitable for a wide range of applications, E-3500 models can be configured for jobs ranging from the very simple (e.g., start with a pushbutton, follow a path, stop after a distance or at a marker, and repeat) to sophisticated systems using features like multiple destination selections, alternate routing based on sensors, radio reporting and intersection management, or on-board material handling actuators.

For more information, see the E3500 SERIES Tugger and Unit Load models specification sheet.

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