Category Archives: Bulk Material Handling

How Air Can Improve Traditional Conveyor Systems

Traditional belt conveyors are highly useful in both commercial and industrial settings. Nearly every warehouse and factory uses some version of a conveyor. Packing centers use conveyors to transport packages, airlines use conveyors to move luggage, grocery stores use conveyors to move groceries, and factories use conveyors to move products from one place to another. Many factories use automatic conveyors to help products travel through automatic machines and slide products past human workers for quality control or to complete processes that robots cannot do. Continue reading

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When to Avoid Air Conveyor Machines

Air conveyors are wonderful pieces of technology that allow lighter objects, such as grain, pellets, sand, plastic bottles, plastic parts, and other lightweight materials, to travel from one place to another quickly. The machines also have flexible tubing that can fit inside nearly any factory design, which makes the air conveyors suitable for use nearly everywhere. The tubes also require little power compared with many traditional belt conveyor systems, and can also protect the material inside from exposure to outside contaminants. Loose materials also produce much less dust when moved via an air conveyor. Continue reading

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Air Conveyors for Plastic Bottles

Some plastic manufacturers use air conveyors to move plastic bottles from one place to another. These systems are ideal for use with plastic materials, because plastic bottles and containers are lightweight. They can also travel easily through tubes, which most air conveyor systems use. Some air conveyor manufacturers create conveyors designed specifically for use with plastic materials, making design adjustments that facilitate the movement of lightweight plastic as opposed to loose materials like grain or pellets. Continue reading

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How Do Pneumatic Conveyors Work?

Pneumatic conveyor manufacturers create a variety of pneumatic systems for a variety of transportation methods. In general, a pneumatic conveyor is designed to move lightweight material quickly from one place to another without hassle or a large amount of space. It is common to see these conveyor systems used with grains and other loose material as well as lighter manufactured items, like plastic bottles and containers. Most pneumatic conveyor manufacturers use a similar design for their machines, which help move the materials quickly without clogging or other problems. Continue reading

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Air Conveyors in Your Home

An air conveyor is any system that uses air to move an object from one place to another. You probably studied simple air conveyor systems when you were in middle school, learning about powering machines with air, such as by blowing an object across a table with a straw, or making a balloon-powered vehicle. These are fun projects that show children how simple conveyor systems work. In your own home, you have several air conveyance systems that power everyday objects. From simple fans that circulate the air in your home to more complicated machines, there are at least two ways that you use air conveyors in your home: Continue reading

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Ward Systems, Inc: Custom Automation Equipment

Ward Systems, Inc. is an experienced manufacturer of AGV systems. We are an industry leader in custom manufactured automation equipment. Known for producing high quality, safe, and reliable systems, our company serves a variety of industries. Customers benefit from custom made systems to meet their exact needs and specifications. We pride itself on our knowledge and understanding of industrial control systems manufacturing that customers can rely on as well as technical support and warranties. We were also one of the first companies to use wireless control technology and have become pioneers in the field. Continue reading

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J.D.B Dense Flow, Inc: Leaders in Pneumatic Conveyors

Since 1976, Palm Harbor, Florida has been providing the pneumatic conveyor industry with one of the most exceptional organization’s in the industry, J.D.B Dense Flow, Inc. The experience that J.D.B Dense Flow, Inc uses in their products is applied by designing and manufacturing some of the most cost effective, efficient, and high quality dense phase pneumatic conveying systems available. The company offers a system with low initial cost, low installation cost, and low maintenance characteristics. Combined with their experience and ingenuity, J.D.B Dense Flow, Inc is dedicated to providing the best and brightest to all of their customers, no matter the project. Continue reading

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The Missing Element

AGVs have been around a long time. The manufacturers have used a lot of techniques to guide them. Some work better than others. The AGV world needs a better solution and it still isn’t here. Everybody , end users and developers alike, want AGVs to be able to move super accurately and repeatedly on open floor; without adding physical details to the manufacturing space. They don’t want to add non-virtual things like slits in the floor, painted lines or some form of tape. Continue reading

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IQS Featured Profile: America In Motion

Established in 2007, America In Motion (AIM) is a successor of the first Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) companies in the world and is committed to continually improving the original technology that made the industry what it is today. From standard Unit Load AGVs, End of Line Solutions, and Fork and Conveyor Decks to Retrofits, we offer quality equipment for a variety of applications and industries. In addition to providing these top of the line products, we express a mission to share knowledge and technology, to educate and simplify, and to take care of our family. Continue reading

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Robots Helping Out

Typically when I think of an automated guided vehicle (AGV) I think of a robot that is mobile by the means of wheels. However, wheels do not have to be the only medium of travel for automated guided vehicles. Besides wheels, the conveyance or transportation of the AGV can be by tacks, runners or some other system that the vehicle is guided on or with. Today and growing everyday is the popularity of AGV in a wide variety of industries. There are several types of material handling robots that are designed to take care of whatever requirement your industry needs and those are: unit load vehicles, fork trucks, towing, assembly line and light load vehicles. Continue reading

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Bring It Here

Have you ever been working on a job or on a line and needed more supplies, but could not leave your location or simply did not want to leave the site? Leaving a job to go restock supplies and lug them over can be a real pain. However, there is a solution to retrieve those supplies without using your energy or the man power of someone else. The solution could be an automated guided vehicle or AGV. There are several uses for automated guided vehicles, as well as a number of guidance systems to help them navigate to their destination, properly and safely. On a jobsite, there could be a number of uses for AGV, but in the warehouse or on the jobsite where more supplies are needed a towing vehicle would be a great advantage. Continue reading

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Will AGV Drive Us Soon?

No one is perfect and as a result, human error occurs. Therefore, automated systems have been invented to correct some of our faults as the human race. However, automatic guided vehicles (AGV) are a fairly new concept, only being around since 1953, invented by Berrett Electronics, located in Northbrook Illinois. Initially, AGV technology has only been available to the industrial world, inside of warehouses and factories. Since then AGV manufactures have seen this niche and have jumped on board in all industries that AGV technology is applicable. Continue reading

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Human Error: The Source of Many Hazards

Robots and automatically guided vehicles are normally predictable machines, programmed to perform repetitive tasks. Humans, on the other hand, are sporadic and impulsive. Couple these two variables together and there is a potential risk for injury. This is why the most common source of hazard in the industrial setting, where robots are involved, is human error. Much of the time when injuries occur they happen during programming and maintenance. The biggest problem in robot and automatic guided vehicle related injury is over familiarity with the machine. Continue reading

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The Crusaders of Lean Manufacturing

Originating from a Japanese methodology known as the Toyota Production System, lean manufacturing centers around eliminating waste. By reducing non-value-adding work, overburden and unevenness, systematic problems are exposed. Tools are adapted to different situations and only used where the ideal cannot be achieved. Continue reading

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Underground Automated Highways

There are many shows, books, movies and cartoons depicting the future and what our transportation systems could potentially evolve into. In the Jetsons, people drive around in little hoover cars to different destinations in sky cities. In the cartoon Futurama, there is an extensive tube network, cars that hoover inches above the ground and spaceships. I’ve noticed most science fiction depicts transportation moving to the skies, but is that actually where we are headed? Continue reading

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AGV – The Implementation of RFID Tags

Automation is one possible way a manufacturer can increase their cost effectiveness in domestic manufacturing. One form of automation is the use of automatically guided vehicles, or AGVs. An AGV is a vehicle that performs varies material handling tasks without the use of a driver. How do these vehicles navigate without the aid of a track to follow? How do some AGVs know what product they are handling and where to place that particular product? One way AGVs are accomplishing these tasks is by using RFID tags. Continue reading

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Could Driverless Cars Be In Our Near Future?

I love dystopian sci-fi movies like I, Robot. I’m fascinated by the fictional technologies and concepts writers use to populate their futuristic worlds; whether it’s humanoid robots, holograms, driverless cars or Will Smith’s disdain for anything that doesn’t run on food or motor oil. I am especially interested in the cars in I, Robot. I feel they are the best example of a plausible driverless car that could inhabit our near future. Actually, in light of recent innovations, that future may be closer than one might expect. Continue reading

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Human Labor or Complete Automation?

As companies constantly innovate to stay ahead of the competition in this capitalist economy, companies have been automatizing their production process to increase overall efficiency. There are many advantages to switching over to machines but it doesn’t come without a few costs. Some people worry about job loss, but as with any new innovation or machine, less workers are needed for increased production. One of the ways companies are automatizing is by using self guided vehicles. Continue reading

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Keeping AGVs Powered and Moving

As automatically guided vehicles move around the factory, transporting materials from one station to another, something needs to keep them powered. It would be pretty unreasonable to have a long power cord attached to the vehicles, so it’s not surprising AGVs run on batteries. If you’ve ever used a remote control, played a Game Boy or used any kind of mobile electronic, you know batteries don’t last forever. To keep AGVs going AGV companies use three methods to provide to charge their AGVs. Continue reading

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Laser Target Navigation Allows Easy Expansion of AGV System

AGVs use a number of different navigational methods to move around the work place. The earliest AGVs followed a wire embedded in the floor. Nowadays it’s becoming increasingly popular to equip AGVs with laser target navigation systems. LGV, or laser guided vehicles, are computer-controlled vehicles that are used in material handling. These vehicles navigate by using laser transmitters and receivers on a rotating turret. They are especially popular for repetitive actions or for transporting extremely heavy loads. Continue reading

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