A Revolution in Remnant Plate Handling

At glasstec 2012, the leading trade show for the flat glass industry, LiSEC introduced its new gantry loading system FlyOver, whose most important benefit is that in most cases it renders additional, costly remnant plate storage systems obsolete.

Its intelligent design minimises cycle times in loading, keeps cutting machines working at full capacity and transports remnants directly back to the glass storage area.

FlyOver: The innovation for glass loading and remnant plate storage!

The newly developed FlyOver logistics system is smarter and faster than loading systems have ever been before. The intelligent one-row design of the suction cup frame allows it to move diagonally above the entire glass storage area when no glass is being transported. Once a sheet has been put down on the loader, FlyOver automatically follows the shortest path to the next storage rack, and the loader immediately tilts to the horizontal position. This process minimises cycle times, since the suction cup bridge no longer has to move out from in between the racks after each cycle.

No need for remnant plate storage systems  

The time saved as a result of the new process can be used to directly return remnant sheets to the glass storage area.

Cutting and breaking of remnant plates takes place at the infeed end of the cutting table, if necessary, and only the glass sheet to be processed is transported to the final cutting position. Even before the cutting process starts, the remnant plate is transported back to the loader, and tilted to a vertical position. Next, FlyOver immediately transports the remnant plate back to the glass storage area.

Optionally, a simple temporary storage station next to the cutting table enables additional cycle time savings. Remnant sheets can be returned to the glass storage area either immediately or at the next opportunity. Once the remnant plate has been returned, the suction cup bridge can move above the glass storage area directly towards the next storage rack.

Smooth transport, less broken glass

 FlyOver's new system of suction cups arranged in one row ensures the vibration and stress-free transport of glass plates. This method has proved very successful, particularly when transporting thin glass sheets, and results in considerably reduced glass breakage.

Intelligent optimisation systems

LiSEC optimisation systems avoid remnant plates whenever possible. If they do accumulate, they will be put first in future orders. Collisions in the process are therefore eliminated. If necessary, for example when storing recently delivered glass packs, remnant plates can be automatically transferred onto another storage rack. This advanced system is based on long-term experience with manual suction cup systems and the one-row telescopic loader, type ATF, from LiSEC.

Now available

Solutions for processing a standard glass height (e.g. 6,000 x 3,210 mm) are available from now on. These also allow processing of split stock sizes in the portrait format, provided that they have the corresponding height. The minimum remnant plate width, which also depends on the type of glass storage racks used, is 1,500 mm.

Most existing systems can be retrofitted.

600450 A Revolution in Remnant Plate Handling glassonweb.com
Date: 13 December 2012
Source: www.lisec.com

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