Smooth, vibration-free transport is essential when it comes to conveying glass packages. Air cushion technology is ideal for such applications because of the “padding” the air cushions typically provide.
Although they weigh tons, the glass panels are gently raised by the air cushion transporter and brought to float. They are then transported almost frictionlessly and with minimum energy being required.
When floor-level autoclaves are being loaded, the compact dimensions and flat design of the transporters are particularly advantageous because the space gained allows larger glass sizes to fit into the high pressure ovens.
The glass packages, which are stored on A-frames, can be picked up by the pallet transporter without having to be rearranged. There is no need for a complex and expensive rail transport system, which allows valuable production space to be saved.
To enable raised autoclaves to be loaded, the air cushion transporters are fitted with a satellite carriage that drives under the glass racks, docks and then pushes them into or out of the autoclaves.
Again, a conventional rail system can be dispensed with. The flexible air cushion-based solution allows a second or third autoclave to be integrated or the layout to be modified at any time.