Right Place, Right Time, Every Time. Automatically.
Hapman’s Autonomous Material Conveyors (AMC) are products developed with OTTO Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) utilizing Hapman’s unmatched application and design experience in handling food, pharmaceutical, and industrial bulk solids.
Autonomous Material Conveyors, as with many AMRs, connect islands of work without the need for fixed infrastructure and manual intervention to trigger and execute transfer of materials between portions of an operation. Hapman AMCs can be seamlessly integrated into existing processing equipment truly functioning in place of a traditional conveyor in your operation.
Raw material can be staged in designated traditional floor spaces, on a Pick and Drop (P&D) stand, or a roller conveyor. Hapman can then execute retrieval of raw material by AMC’s based on various process triggers to present material at the exact location it is required, precisely when it is needed, automatically. This allows warehouse operators to dedicate themselves to loading/unloading activities and process personnel to focus on equipment operation and maintenance while eliminating wasted labor transporting between areas or downtime waiting on raw material.
How do you know if Autonomous Mobile Conveyors are the right solution?
You’re dealing with long distances, crowded brown-field installations or easily damaged material.
In these situations with high costs for demo and install, automated mobile conveyors are often lower cost with faster implementation and long term flexibility. Sometimes, they are the only viable automated option.
You’re using an operator to move material.
Many operations are running at 80-90% capacity due to lack of qualified labor. How much is an additional 10% of capacity worth? At up to 10% the cost of a Full-Time-Employee, Hapman AMC’s enable businesses to address labor shortages and eliminate FTE spend on low value and repetitive work allowing you to re-deploy that labor.
You worry about the cost of potential fork truck injuries.
Our partner has 3 million production hours without a safety incident and our designs adhere to ANSI B56.5 regulations that increase overall safety of any operation.
Damaged product, buildings, and equipment is costing you.
Automated Material Conveyors can virtually eliminate the occurrence of accidents damaging materials, building infrastructure, and expensive processing equipment, along with the housekeeping issues that go with them.
You reconfigure your process often or need maximum long-term flexibility in your equipment.
Hapman AMCs require minimal permanent infrastructure allowing extreme versatility and ability to re-deploy the Autonomous Mobile Conveyor assets as operations evolve.
Easily connect to any factory tools or systems you have in place like your ERP or WMS via HTTPS Rest and Websocket, OPC-UA Protocols and Ignition. Hapman utilizes Ignition for communication between its industrial PLC controls and the OTTO AMC Fleet Manager software. Through Fleet Manager, prevent undesired interference with specific areas and operations by customizing the way Hapman AMC’s move throughout your facility by applying traffic rules like speed limits, heavy pedestrian areas, and more.
Types of AMCs primarily utilized
The M.O.E™ transports loads directly on top giving it more maneuverability and tighter access, but requires special accommodations for drop and pick.
Videos courtesy of Hapman’s AMR technology partner, OTTO Motors
A few things to consider
Safe, accident-free operation is the top priority, and so all autonomous mobile robots require wider aisles and equipment clearance than a manually controlled material handler. Currently, the smallest aisle an AMC can operate in, requiring reduced speeds, is 6 feet or 2 meters.
AMC’s are designed to handle the same environment as a fork truck. Broken pallets and rough floors are all doable, but Hapman needs to evaluate the space and conditions first.
AMC’s are designed for operating temperatures from 32-140° F or 0-40° C. AMC’s are not currently washdown rated and should be avoided in applications where splashing or moisture is possible beneath the frame.
Over 5% grade is not practical. Hapman will need to evaluate grades from 1-5% often requiring slower speeds or load constraints.
Proof of our unwavering confidence in our product and team.
Our Performantee is a 100% operational guarantee that you will be fully satisfied with the performance of our equipment, and that it will achieve the specific results for which it was designed and manufactured. If not, we will revise or repair it to deliver the results we promised.
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