CINCINNATI, April 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – With more and more operations implementing robotic solutions such as Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to increase throughput and operational efficiency, it is important to create the optimal environment to maximize the productivity of these technologies. To explain the benefits of using ResinDekÂ® flooring panels on raised surfaces traversed by robotic automation, a new video https://youtu.be/8g3_glW_RQQ has been posted by Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLCÂ® (www.resindek.com).
The video details how concrete floors on mezzanines, industrial work platforms and picking modules can negatively impact the operation of AMRs and AGVSs.
“Concrete often has worn and uneven surfaces that interfere with the operation of laser navigation systems, or cracks and chips that cause wear to the wheels and equipment of the robots,” said Scott McGill, sales manager for Cornerstone. âAlso, concrete floors tend not to be level. Since most robots are not equipped with a brake system, unleveled ground can cause a robot system to move from its target point, requiring unscheduled downtime and manual intervention. to retrieve it. in its appropriate position. “
âConversely, applications using ResinDek flooring panels specified with the TriGard or MetaGard finish ensure optimum AMR and AGV performance. Both finishes have been extensively robotically tested for coefficient of friction, surface roughness, wear resistance and light reflectivity, per ANSI standard. as well as unique application specifications, âcontinued McGill.
TriGardÂ® is a proprietary finish developed and engineered specifically to withstand the consistent and repeated travel patterns associated with AGV and AMR robotic traffic and is designed to withstand 10 years of repeated high frequency traffic. The TriGard finish comes standard with a Static Electricity Dissipative (ESD) finish that protects electronic equipment from damage and meets ANSI / ESD association specifications.
MetaGardÂ® is designed for extreme wear. In testing, ResinDek with MetaGard was found to be 5 times more abrasion resistant than concrete in high traffic areas where dirt and debris is not routinely removed, such as 24/7 operations that can be quarantined by employees. ResinDek with MetaGard has been proven to withstand over 2 million annual pivot passes generated when AGVs change direction.
To create a cost effective flooring solution for robotic applications, it is recommended to use a combination of ResinDek with MetaGard in high traffic and debris laden areas and ResinDek with TriGard in cleaner, low traffic areas. or where debris is not a problem. Aligning the proper finish with the floor requirements will maximize platform performance while reducing the overall cost of the robotic floor system.
Additionally, ResinDek flooring panels can be customized based on load capacities, type of finish required and robotic traffic volume. ResinDek composite flooring panels have the structural integrity proven to withstand the limits of dynamic and static pallet trucks from 2,000 to 8,000 lbs and the rigorous demands of robotic traffic such as AGVs and AMRs. ResinDek panels are backed by comprehensive design engineering services and a 10 year product warranty.
ABOUT CORNERSTONE SPECIALITY WOOD PRODUCTS, LLC
Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC (www.resindek.com) has been at the forefront of testing and innovation of flooring panels for the material handling industry since 1994. In 2007, Cornerstone began to supply ResinDekÂ® panels for robotic applications. Much of Cornerstone’s initial research and development took place with AGVs. Over the past decade, they have supplied a variety of ResinDek flooring products to many manufacturers of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) for their test labs. As a result, millions of square feet of ResinDek panels are in service around the world with robotic traffic in distribution centers, warehouses and retail environments.
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