From the basement 6 m high to the car wash
Steel boxes full of screws weighing up to 500 kg are transported from the production area in the basement to the so-called FlexShuttle by forklift. Four transport boxes weighing up to 2 t together and stacked on top of each other are loaded onto the FlexShuttle by the forklift. In the interaction of FlexShuttle and lifter of the conveyor technology specialist ALFOTEC, the stack of boxes with the screws to be cleaned is destacked, separated and moved up to the ground floor, box by box.
The FlexShuttle consists of two mirror-inverted C-profiles. Inside, a carriage runs, which is pulled back and forth by means of a servo motor on a toothed belt in a precise position. Since the FlexShuttle can approach each individual box and close gaps, there is no loss of time and the available space is used quickly and to the maximum. When the lift reaches the ground floor, which is 6 m higher, it sets the box down: A roller conveyor mounted on a revolving platform swivels under the box, picks it up and swivels it through 90 degrees again to bring the transport box into the conveyor section of the car wash.
Five washing machines and dryers
Prior to the washing process, an employee transfers the box data to the SAP system by hand scanner, thus providing an overview of the production throughput. The scanning process also records which washing program is started. The system has been programmed intelligently and flexibly enough to control a total of five washing machines and five dryers, if necessary with express batches.