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August 12, 2019

Manufacturers are customizing products to meet more targeted consumer demands. As a result, they must contend with shorter production runs and more frequent changeovers, which takes time away from producing products. The MagneMover LITE system is helping make these higher-SKU operations efficient by moving payloads faster in a more flexible way than traditional conveyors do today.

Now, Rockwell Automation has updated the MagneMover LITE system that rapidly moves products in carts along a motorized track. The flexible system can now move heavier products and support larger-scale applications. It also reduces downtime because it allows for changeovers with the push of a button and no mechanical intervention.

Heavier Products:
New wheeled cart options give users five-times greater carrying capacity than sliding carts. The single- and tandem-wheeled carts can carry payloads of up to 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) and 10 kg (22 pounds), respectively. This allows producers to scale up from one product size to another without the need for multiple machines to produce and package their product varieties.

Larger Scale Applications:
Using Ethernet-enabled motors and Ethernet-based node controllers to replace serial communications allows users in high-volume industries to improve layout flexibility and run hundreds of carts per path while requiring fewer node controllers. The MagneMover LITE system is ideal for larger applications using long paths with high switch and cart densities.

“Machine builders and manufacturers that have seen how this technology can reimagine manufacturing, assembly and packaging operations have been eager to do more with it,” said Neil Bentley, director of product line management, Rockwell Automation. “That’s why we enhanced the MagneMover LITE system. It supports bigger payloads. It delivers even better performance. And it can scale applications up to previously unseen sizes.”

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The savings keep coming when you use a variable frequency drive (VFD) with synchronous bypass and transfer capabilities. It can help reduce up-front capital costs and long-term energy and maintenance costs in various motor-control applications. And along with the cost savings, the VFD can help you increase efficiency and achieve more flexible process control.

A VFD with synchronous capabilities allows you to operate one motor continuously with variable speed control or to start and synchronize multiple motors. It also gives you the ability to soft start large motors.

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As a leading manufacturer of drive technology, we also supply mechanical variable-speed gearmotors. For both series, VARIBLOC®and VARIMOT®, you can easily infinitely adjust the speed mechanically using a handwheel or remote control.

Speeds of up to 45 kW can be easily adjusted mechanically

Mechanical variable-speed gearmotors are simple yet robust drive components that represent an inexpensive alternative in many materials handling and process engineering applications. This is because you control the speed infinitely variably yourself: mechanically using a handwheel or via remote control. The process does not involve any costly control cabinets or frequency inverters at all.

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