Modular pallet management system meets a range of application needs for industrial manufacturing

The new smart pallet mover (SPM) from Interroll offers a flexible and modular pallet management system to deliver an efficient material supply for production as the company believes it is not the performance of modern production machines but their material supply that promises the greatest potential for further productivity increases in industrial companies today.

With the new SPM, Interroll has launched a solution that can be adapted as a flexible and modular pallet management system to meet a wide range of application requirements in industrial manufacturing.

Users can now finally automate work processes before the production machinery to avoid manual activities in safety-critical areas and manage the pallet work-flow by buffering, sorting, sequencing and carrying at the right time. This is all designed to deliver significant improvements in machine down time which in turn, optimises the return on investment of the machine production cells.

This not only eliminates costly production interruptions in material supply to machines, but also the risk of accidents during operation. In this way, says Interroll, productivity increases of up to 30% are possible compared to manual operations.

The SPM is a pallet management solution for automating pallet transport in the vicinity of manufacturing machines and for production-related picking and sequencing processes, which can also be used in Industry 4.0 environments. It is designed to transport, sort and buffer boxes or pallets weighing up to 1,000 kg and represents a mobile and autonomously acting material flow system that can be used, for example, as a cost-efficient supplement or substitute for forklifts or automated guided vehicles (AGVs).

This new solution consists of various modules. The centre of the solution is a mobile unit (SM1000 Mover) that runs underneath non-driven conveyor sections and moves pallets lying on them. A transfer car (SM2000 Transfer Car) which moves on a rail can transport pallets between parallel conveyor sections.

“With this platform solution, which is unparalleled on the world market, we are tapping into the great productivity potential offered by production-related pallet management automation for our customers and users,” says Jens Strüwing, executive vice president products & technology at Interroll. “A user-friendly 3D online tool, the SPM Layout Configurator & Pallet Flow Simulator, makes it possible to configure a system quickly and easily as well as simulate planned operation on the computer.”

The flexibility of this solution, the use of proven technologies and a very short payback period ensure that users can significantly strengthen their competitiveness. As with all Interroll products, the SPM is extremely easy to install, operate and maintain. The modular plug-and-play solution can therefore be put into operation without lengthy interruptions to production, even during modernisation projects.

Networking capabilities based on global data standards such as REST API and JSON ensure maximum compatibility and ease of use. The conveyor modules can be reconfigured very easily if required, and height-adjustable supports allow the system to be installed even on uneven floors.

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