The design of the system was preceded by an analysis of the number of processed sheets, production stages, operated machines, production plans for the future and the possibilities offered by the production hall building. The implemented SmartFlow System takes part in several stages – from the delivery of raw material, through storage and transport, to production management. The system consists of:
The complexity of the implemented system allows for various material flow scenarios, e.g. delivery of cut elements from the laser to the sorting zone, but also return of elements to the automated storage system. The TwinTower storage system is equipped with 66 locations for storing shelves. Material loading is carried out through a semi-automated loading and unloading station, which is also used to separate sheet metal stacks from pallets.
Sheets stored in the storage system are transferred to the duo station, from where they are taken to the tables of laser cutting machines. The two levels of the duo station ensure high material availability for processing and no downtimes. The material collected by the loading module, equipped with a set of vacuum suction cups, is delivered to the tables of two laser cutting machines. Receipt of the cut details from the tables is carried out by the unloading module, equipped with two-piece forks, which puts the collected elements to the transport station (in order to deliver them to operators) or to the shelf of the automated storage system (at the duo station). The loading and unloading modules operate independently of each other, which is a factor increasing efficiency, as are the two levels of the duo station – while one delivers raw sheet from the rack, the other can return with finished elements for storage. Two semi-automated access stations are used to collect the elements cut by the operator – each of them is equipped with 2 steel pallets and placed on a specially built track, thanks to which the stations can move outside the working area of the system. The total length of the installed SmartFlow System is 26.6 meters, while the height of the TwinTower is 8.5 meters.
The system at Expo-Drew was equipped with the Smart WMS Standard software. Device integration allows for simple control of picking orders and material flow. The system also enables simple inventory management, full or semi-automated cooperation with laser cutting machines, ongoing reporting of inventory, demand for material and much more. The system is operated by means of 4 operator panel located in different parts of the system in order to facilitate the process control as much as possible.
In the production hall, we have also implemented the TransferTower automated storage system for profiles, which is responsible for storing and transporting long materials to the lasers. Both systems allowed, in a very small space, to organize the processing of pipes and sheets, and every element related to production has been thought out, which ensures comfort of use and high efficiency.