Autonomous navigating vehicles are revolutionizing warehouse logistics and will play an increasingly important role in a future of Industry 4.0. Heidrive GmbH is also continuing to expand its ServoMotor portfolio in order to play a leading role in new developments. It is like everywhere where technology has its fingers in the pie: It makes everything faster, more compact, quieter, more efficient and more cost-effective. This is also the case in the field of warehouse logistics, which is experiencing a revolution in automation and driverless transport systems (AGVs), especially with new wireless technologies. It is precisely here that a great deal of time and money can be saved with the new information technologies. This is one of the reasons why many large companies are strongly pushing the expansion of automation units. But the many advantages - such as barrier-free networking of different storage and work areas - can quickly become a weak point for the entire production process. For example, if a single system fails, causing other components to fail and, in the worst case, paralysing the entire logistics system. For this reason, in addition to safety, the reliability and quality of the individual components of the driverless transport system are indispensable and must be taken into account right from the selection stage. The lynchpin of the driverless transport system is the drive unit, which is permanently exposed to loads of up to 1500 kg. The servo and geared motors from the Kelheim-based drive specialist Heidrive offer a high overload capacity. With the help of these, a long service life can be guaranteed with high efficiency.
The high performance and at the same time very compact servo motors of the HeiMotion series become the perfect drive unit for driverless transport systems by directly mounted planetary or cycloid gears with or without integrated electronics. Due to their high efficiency they achieve a high output power of up to max. 1800 W at a low voltage of 48 VDC with flange dimensions of 80 x 80 mm. For correspondingly high load currents of up to 50 A in continuous operation, Heidrive provides customers with drives with the appropriate cables cut to suit - both in the radial direction and as angled screw connections or axially from the motor. The signal line is available as a pluggable cable or in a suitable length.
The HeiMotion drives are available in flange dimensions of 40, 60, 80 and 100 mm, either as HMP motor for 320/560 VDC applications or as HMD motor for 24/48 VDC applications. In addition, the coil design can be adapted at any time. This enables driverless transport systems, which draw their energy from supercapacitors, to operate optimally without having to reduce the maximum speed. This happens, for example, when the vehicle drives to the charging station for charging. In addition, all engine types can be combined with integrated or surface-mounted electronics/controllers. Drives without integrated control comply with the latest safety guidelines (EN ISO 13849-1, EN 61800-5-2, EN 62061) and ensure safe human-robot interaction. For drive units with integrated electronics, functions for safe stopping, safe monitoring of movement and position and safe brake management can be requested. Since high-resolution HIPERFACE® DSL interfaces can also be used, practically any position requirement can be conceived and implemented here.
The HMD dynamic servomotors, like their sister series HMC (for the Asian market) and HMP (for the European market), can be assembled and combined according to an innovative modular solution principle. This gives the customer a wide range of choices in terms of voltages, flanges, brakes, cable connections, encoders or even planetary gears. As a result, all options of the existing modular system can be used, which means that the complete drive design is carried out from one source.
With the servo drives of the HeiMotion Premium and HeiMotion Dynamic series, Heidrive provides the technology for the mobile and modular production of tomorrow.