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Fori Automation: Leader in AGV

Located in Shelby Township, Michigan our company has grown greatly since our beginning in 1984. Our location in Shelby Township is our headquarters but we have locations all around the globe. Fori Automation has grown into a leader in automated guided vehicles and we continue to strive to be one of the most innovative companies in the industry while remaining committed to our customers satisfaction.

Flexicon Corporation: Global Leader in Excellence

Flexicon Corporation is a manufacturing company with a global reach that serves a wide range of industries with a number of different products. From pneumatic conveying to bulk bag fillers you can look to us to provide you with high quality products no matter where you are located. We have locations all around the world on 6 different continents in order to not only provide you with the best possible product but also the best possible delivery times, no matter where you are.

Unloading Rail Cars with Dilute Phase Conveying

Dilute phase conveying is the act of using a pneumatic conveyor to transfer materials from one place to another inside an enclosed are. Dilute phase conveyors are used for conveying non-abrasive loose materials when high material velocities and product degradation is not present. One of the main uses for this style of conveyor system is to unload materials from a rail car into a factory for further processing.

Conveying Seeds in Industrial Settings

Dense phase pneumatic conveying systems use low-velocity motive gas with a high-pressure differential to move bulk materials quickly and easily. Many manufacturing companies that work with delicate materials choose dense phase systems over less dense systems because the dense phase systems work with lower velocities than other conveying systems. Low velocity is easier on delicate materials that could become damaged by harsher transportation processes.

Considerations for Switching to Dense Phase Conveyors

A dense phase conveying system is simply another name for a high-pressure conveying system. High pressure systems are necessary for certain industrial processes to push objects along the conveyor using positive pressure to move the objects along at a lower velocity. The reason dense phase is a high-pressure, low-velocity system is due to the air to weight ratio of the objects carried along by the conveyor. Typically, the high pressure systems are used to move heavier objects along the conveyor, which leads to a lower velocity of the items on the conveyor belt. A unit is considered a dense phase conveying system if it has air pressure ratings about 15 PSIG.

The Advantages of Dense Phase Conveying

Dense phase conveying was designed to handle bulk materials and heavy, abrasive objects. Typically, the conveyance method is used with rough manufacturing materials, such as rocks, loose materials, and other heavy, bulk equipment and particles. Most commonly, dense phase conveying is used to transport friable, agglomerated, heavy, or blended materials from place to place. Without this form of dense bulk conveying, many manufacturing plants would have to come up with other, less-effective methods to handle large amounts of heavy and abrasive raw materials.

Bulk Up: Heavy Duty Bulk Conveyors

Bulk conveyors are designed to carry large amounts of material from one place to another. Often, they are used to transport raw materials, like rocks, sand, or other heavy, raw materials. Depending on the conveyor, some bulk conveyors are constructed for light duty and the transportation of lighter and less abrasive items, while others are used for transporting the heaviest and most abrasive materials available.

The Importance of Bulk Conveyors in Coal Mines

One of the most important machines in any coal mine is the bulk conveyor. A bulk conveyor is a conveyor that can carry large amounts of products from one place to another quickly. Conveyors are used in coal mines to transfer the coal and also to transfer dirt, rocks, and other materials out of the mine to make it easier to find new coal sources. Conveyors are such as necessary part of the mining business that the industry can claim the world’s longest conveyor belt, which is nearly 61 miles long.

4 Elements to Look for in Grain Bag Unloaders

Bulk bag unloaders are a highly useful tool for many industries and manufacturing plants. The unloaders can quickly remove the contents from a bag without causing the materials to create a large amount of dust or become contaminated by surrounding materials or contaminants. The bulk bag unloaders can easily empty a bag into a machine or some other area for further processing and transformation into a new product.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.