Production processes in the chemical industry are characterised by an ever increasing degree of automation. At the same time, though, production must be as flexible as possible if the rising demands of customers in terms of product diversity and constant innovation are to be met.
Air cushion technology allows these requirements to be realised at minimal investment cost. DELU has developed manual, semi and fully automated transport systems for this industry that allow containers and mixers weighing up to 32 tons to be moved.
Air cushion transporters used in areas at risk of explosion are designed to be explosion protected.
A feature of the fully automated AGVs (automatic guided vehicles) of DELU is that their air cushion running gears enable even heavy loads to be carried. The low ground friction means that very little energy is required. Because the loads are distributed so widely, the floors suffer little damage and transport is smooth and free of vibration.
This technology also means that the external dimensions of the driverless transport vehicles do not have to be so large in order to bear the load (smaller than the floor space of the load). This ensures optimum utilisation of the production space alongside maximum flexibility.
The vehicles are supplied with compressed air by automatic air rails. Communication with the process control system is handled by wireless data transmitters and cell computers.