Delmenhorster Kork-Fabrik Arthur Linck GmbH (DKF) produces up to 5,000 crown corks per minute in three daily shifts. This kind of volume is only feasible with structured production process sequences. To make sure the business is equipped for the future, DKF has opted for an automation solution from Egemin Automation.
Systems integrator Egemin Automation is installing an automated guided vehicle (AGV) system to convey empty and full cages, octabins, and cartons to their process points. This means that DKF can boost production volume even further, improve process transparency, and deliver to customers – mainly breweries – right on time.
Automation for organized, reliable material flow systems
“Our main aim in terms of automation was an organized, reliable, transparent material flow system. Egemin’s solution meets those requirements and more,” says Edgar Linck, DKF Managing Partner. He runs the company with his brother, Andreas. The family firm, founded in 1924, is already in its third generation.
The AGVs are used for conveying empty containers to a filling station and collecting them once the production machines have filled them. Each machine currently produces between 3,000 and 5,000 crown corks per minute. A cage or octabin takes between 330,000 and 370,000 corks. This means that each AGV can collect up to a ton of materials from the filling system. From there they are taken to a newly installed central station where items are checked, hygienically sealed, and labelled. The AGVs then take the containers to the adjacent warehouse. When they are not in use, the vehicles independently travel to the automatic battery-charge point.
Dual navigation vehicles for reliable coordination
The AGVs utilize dual laser-inertial navigation. In other words, they are laser-controlled at all points where their scanners can see the reflectors. In the warehouse, where reflector paths can be obstructed by stacks of containers, they are controlled by magnets in the floor instead.
The benefit for DKF, a medium-sized enterprise, is not only transparent, traceable production processes, but also higher machine availability. In summary, Mr Linck states, “Our customers are as enthusiastic about this modernization project as we are, because it also means we are playing a big part in helping to comply with food safety standards.”
About Dematic Egemin
Dematic Egemin (formerly Egemin Automation) manufactures, implements and services mobile automation solutions that improve warehouse, production and distribution center processes to optimize the supply chain. Product solutions include Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and in-floor towing solutions. Dematic Egemin comprises the Mobile Automation group within Dematic, with a Center of Excellence located in Holland, Michigan.
Dematic is a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic, Egemin and Retrotech, now integrated under the roof of KION Group, have implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.
Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services, and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centres. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally, and a leading provider of warehouse automation.
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