Strauch: Let’s stay in the spinning
sector. Mr. Langius, company Neuenhauser specialises in the
handling of yarn packages within the yarn spinning process. Are
transportation systems also influenced by Industry 4.0?
Langius: Indeed, a good example is a new
development for the automated handling of sliver cans.
AGV stands for Automatic Guided Vehicles, a
technology that has been around for many years but has been
fuelled recently by the introduction of Industry 4.0.
Neuenhauser saw with the recent advances in
autonomous vehicles and navigation systems that an AGV is also a
good solution for spinning mills. We thought it is a useful tool
to automate the labour-intensive handling of sliver cans in a
spinning plant. Within twelve months, our team developed a
state-of-the-art transport system using a large fleet of
intelligently controlled automated guided vehicles. The AGV will
pick-up sliver cans which are filled with cotton sliver material
and deliver them to the spinning frame where empty cans will be
exchanged with full cans. The empty cans are then returned to
the equipment which will refill the sliver cans with cotton
sliver to repeat the cycle. Within a typical spinning mill, very
large numbers of sliver cans are required to be moved each hour.
Wilhelm Langius, Division Head, Neuenhauser.
How do you make
sure these vehicles find their way in a spinning mill?
Langius: The vehicles are equipped with the
latest state-of-the-art safety sensors to ensure the vehicles
operate safely alongside plant personnel who need to share the
same floor space and aisles within the spinning mill. The plant
personnel are also equipped with specialized sensors they wear
on their safety vest, to inform the AGV where the operators are
working and moving around within the manufacturing floor. With
such a system both the AGVs and local plant personnel can work
safely together within the same manufacturing area.