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Intralogistics systems play an important role in the automated in-plant transport of materials in factories, distribution centers, parcel services, warehouses, airports, hospitals, and others. These systems increase efficiency, quality, sustainability, and traceability of material flow processes, while reducing waste and inventory buffers. Without them, modern high performance facilities could not function. Electrification components are needed for intralogistic equipment as Automated Guided Vehicles ( AGV), Electric Monorail Systems ( EMS), electric pallet conveyors, rail guided vehicles (RGV), transfer cars, and baggage handling systems, as well as sorters, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS, ) and shuttle systems.
Intralogistic systems must be available on demand. If part of the system goes down, processes before and after will stop and the entire facility could shut down. Also, any required maintenance must be done quickly and easily. Energy and data transmission components must adapt to high performance systems, often with complex layouts and operating at high speeds and acceleration. At the same time, they must provide maximum energy efficiency at an acceptable cost. Some systems must meet special technical challenges, such as “clean room” and food processing environments, refrigerated storage, or impure production lines.
Conductix-Wampfler has extensive experience working with intralogistics system OEMs worldwide. From our large product portfolio, we can recommend the optimum solution for individual applications across many different industries without bias towards single technology. With our global presence and local support, we partner closely with OEMs and end-user customers for both small and large scale projects, striving for technical optimization with minimum complexity. Our continuous research & development efforts are geared towards new solutions and continuous improvements of products for this industry.
Inductive Power Transfer (IPT®) – powers systems such as AGVs and baggage handling systems. New generations of IPT with state-of-the-art features keep pace with our customers needs.
Conductor Rails – power Electrified Monorail Systems ( EMS), Rail Guided Vehicles (RGV), and baggage handling systems. The 0832 Series “ EcoClickLine” are ideal for AS/RS stacker cranes. The recently introduced PEplus for conductor rails works well for electric conveyors of all types, providing safety and simplicity.
Spring-Driven and Motor-Driven Reels – manage cables used to power transfer cars and other moving equipment.
Energy Guiding Chains – manage cables for all sorts of material handling equipment.
Rubber and Cellular Buffers – are well suited to absorbing energy from machine element impacts.
Jay Radio Remote Controls – offer a safe way of operating or monitoring machines from a distance. The comprehensive range of industrial and safety radio remote controls offers countless solutions to adapt to an extensive number of intralogistic applications.
Steel-pipe plant with IPT® powered heavy duty transfer cars
Marcegaglia Co., Ltd.
Electrification of different transfer car systems
Track lenght [System]
Overall approximately 1.200 m
Number of vehicles
Travel speed [Load]
IPT® [Inductive Power Transfer]
Between 5 and 10 kW per vehicle
Generally the basic function of IPT® Floor systems is the same as that of other IPT® systems. But there are some additional or specific aspects to consider.
The cable loop must be installed in a way that complete coverage of the supply of vehicles along the entire travelling path is given. This way installed the cable routing also defines the travelling path of vehicles. With iDAT it is possible to detect the magnetic field around the cabling and to supply a guidance signal to the vehicle control and to control so the movement of the vehicle. Unwanted and expensive guidance slots become obsolete this way. Various travelling paths can be defined. Switches, crossings, etc. are no problem. The pickup just needs to be placed so that it is exposed to the magnetic field in a sufficient way.