ROEQ is launching GuardCom, a seamless communication solution that enables Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) equipped with ROEQ’s top rollers to communicate directly with the conveyor stations to initiate the transfer of goods between mobile robots and conveyors.
The solution consists of two products: GuardCom installed on the stationary conveyor station, and GuardCom Connect installed on the autonomous mobile robot. Multiple GuardCom Connects can reportedly work with the same GuardCom and vice versa. GuardCom is also compatible with all stationary conveyor stations.
“With GuardCom we are delivering a safe, reliable and cost-efficient solution to eliminate wait times, errors, and accidents at cargo transfer stations,” said Michael Ejstrup Hansen, managing director, ROEQ. “GuardCom is truly the missing link that enables a completely seamless material handling cycle, resulting in shorter system integration time with less hassle and engineering costs.”
Once the mobile robot has arrived at the conveyor, GuardCom signals to the stationary conveyor station that the robot is in place and ready to receive or deliver the packages. The same signal is simultaneously sent to the robot letting it know that the stationary conveyor is ready. Once the transfer task is completed, both units receive a signal that it is safe for the robot to leave.
The GuardCom is integrated into the stationary system via only a handful of cabled connections. The handshake process between the GuardCom and the mobile robot is completely wireless and based on proven and robust sensor technologies.
To further prevent misplaced or dangling packages, GuardCom includes a physical guard installed on the conveyor station that goes up to prevent packages from rolling off and dropping to the floor when the autonomous mobile robot is not ready to receive. An alarm alerts the operator to come onsite to remedy the situation, or for the conveyor to roll backwards automatically.
ROEQ’s expanded product portfolio now also includes the TR125 Manual 250 and TR125 Auto 250 top rollers compatible with MiR’s most recent robot release, the MiR250.
For more information, visit https://roeq.dk.