James Hardie, a pioneer in fiber cement, is breaking the mold in the US with a new fully automated production line for facade siding. The integrated concept of heavy-duty expert Vollert includes in-plant transport, an air-conditioned, 100 m long high-bay warehouse, transfer tables, manipulators and automatically clocked autoclave trains. Tons of facade boards are loaded and unloaded within minutes. Automation accelerates the pace, reduces waste and saves space.
Up and away – Continental exchanges 75 meters of test track in a matter of minutes
Anything but small, the exchangeable pavement cassettes used in the world's first fully climatized indoor tire testing facility from Continental weigh more than 100 tons and measure 75 meters in length. The facility allows the tire manufacturer to conduct 100,000 dry and wet brake tests per year using up to five different sections of test pavement. Vollert developed the system that quickly changes the cassettes.
Battery-powered, emissions-free transporters that operate without a driver are being used for the first time at HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA). To quickly and frequently exchange the batteries in the onboard battery boxes, which can weigh up to 12 tons, Vollert Anlagenbau developed a fully automated handling station in close collaboration with Gottwald Port Technology GmbH.
Facility for loading 10,000 beverage crates per hour
South Korean bottler Login Beverage commissioned Vollert Anlagenbau to deliver a semi-automatic loading station for trucks. The special-purpose loader can move up to 180 pallets carrying 10,000 beverage crates per hour and does the work of three forklift trucks. Twenty different types of truck are serviced.
SSAB stores up to 6000 tons of steel in a high-bay warehouse
The steel manufacturer SSAB in Oxelösund produces steel plates in one minute tact cycle. The information which plate comes next for what customer is only available three minutes prior to the production exit, thus the intralogistics system must react with appropriate speed. The solution supplied by the Vollert plant engineering company from Weinsberg, is achieved by conversion from a surface warehouse to a high-bay warehouse system with two MEGA AS/RS that enable short cycle times despite loads of tonnages.