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Future-Oriented Automation and Transport System

The montrac system in use.

The new montrac shuttle MSH5.

montratec showcased at Automate 2019 several new product developments of montrac-its future-oriented automation and transport solution-in particular the new Shuttle MSH5.

Sven Worm, Chairman of the Board of montratec GmbH, said, "With the development of the new montrac Shuttle MSH5 generation, we are improving the flexibility and the efficiency of applications of montrac, our intelligent automation and transport system. With montrac we are offering tailor-made and individually customized solutions for customers, even those with limited or difficult installation spaces."

The modular montrac automation and transport system features low space requirements for the monorail resulting from combining electrical track switches, crossings, very tight radii (220 mm), overcoming gradient angles of up to 12° and integrated lifting elements. Four different types of autonomously controlled transport shuttles move independently with speeds of up to 55 m/min on the monorail and communicate via infrared with both the route and the track sections.

"Due to the high-tech control system of montrac, each shuttle will be in the right place at the right time and knows exactly where to carry the products," Worm said. "Furthermore, the modular structure of montrac enables individually a continuous adaption to changed processes and future system expansions. In addition, if necessary, each transport shuttle can be manually exchanged or removed from the monorail without stopping the entire system."

The following transport shuttles were showcased:

  • The montrac Shuttle MSH5 carries any materials or workpieces optionally up to 50 kg and moves up to a speed of 55 m/min. The new generation of the montrac Shuttle MSH5 has an optimized drive concept for increased stability and force transmission on the montrac rail. With the new five beam sensor module each shuttle controls and supervises cornering (curve control) as well as driving backwards (direction control). "Due to the optimized sensor module, a larger detection area is seen and the supervision of bigger work pieces is possible," Worm said. "In addition, the five-beam sensor module detects an approaching person or obstacle and stops the shuttle to prevent collisions."
  • The montrac Shuttle MSH4 moves up to a speed of 55 m/min and transports up to 30 kg.
  • The montrac Cleanroom Shuttle MSH4 CR is especially developed for industrial sectors with high hygiene regulations. It drives up to 30 m/min and allows loads up to 30 kg. Due to low-maintenance components and low particle emissions, the montrac cleanroom shuttle has been certified by the Fraunhofer Institute for production in cleanroom classes ISO 5 and 7 (ISO 14644-1).

Examples of montrac applications include production of car headlights with injection molding technology or manufacture of medical products. In a cleanroom environment, montrac is used in manufacturing of sensitive products in the computer, semiconductor, pharmaceutical and medical industries as well as in the laboratory sector.

For more information contact:

John D. Olson

Director of Sales, North America

montratec GmbH


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