Leine & Linde Ethernet/IP™: Ideal for AGVs

October 24, 2016

CONTACT:
Jonathan Dougherty, Product Specialist, 847-519-4218
Kathleen Stoneski, PR Manager, 847-519-4702

 

Schaumburg, IL  (October 2016) – Industrial automation applications using the EtherNet/IP™ communication network are well established worldwide, and are now being found in dedicated motion control applications. Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGV) for example are now taking advantage of this industry standard using motion feedback provided by Leine & Linde encoders with integrated EtherNet/IP.

To improve warehouse productivity and reduce material storage area, racking and shelving systems have been designed to be so densely packed that human workers are not able to support the picking and transport operations. At the same time, more advanced planning and picking software also makes location accuracy paramount to effective operations. In such an environment, AGVs have become the new standard for material transports through the factory or warehouse. AGVs are mobile wheel-based robots that are designed to move material through a facility and in many examples are an integral part of the storage system itself.

A major advantage of EtherNet/IP encoders from Leine & Linde in AGV applications is that they can measure and communicate position, speed, and acceleration all in one cycle with cycle times as fast as 1ms, the fastest on the market today. Additionally, commissioning is simplified with these encoders. With automatic addressing, the encoder can receive and configure offset or set limit values, or scale measurement values without needing to open the encoder.

Leine & Linde’s range of encoder products are suited to be used in a multitude of applications and are robust enough to operate in the harshest environments. The 900 series encoders with EtherNet/IP can also provide incremental outputs, thereby allowing it to support high performance drive applications. In demanding environments where space is an issue, Leine & Linde’s 600 series encoders with EtherNet/IP™ is the choice. This ø58 mm encoder is available in anodized aluminum or stainless steel with hollow and solid shaft configurations.

Leine & Linde is based in Sweden with exclusive North American distribution through HEIDENHAIN Corporation in Schaumburg, IL. Leine & Linde is well known for offering high quality, heavy duty encoders of both the incremental and absolute type, are noted for their product robustness and design to cope with the harshest of environments, such as those with high vibration, dirt and cold temperatures. These heavy, severe duty encoders are suited for drive and measurement applications and are often found in industries such as pulp and paper, forest and wood processing, agriculture, aggregate and mining equipment.

Want to learn more?

Contact us today

Related resources and news

ETEL’s New Z3TM: Four Degrees of Freedom

SCHAUMBURG, IL (March 2020) – ETEL introduces the new Z3TM, a standalone motion platform that provides a surface with four degrees of freedom into a stacked architecture and is an alternative to piezoelectric solutions. It is designed in response to the needs of advanced wafer positioning in the semiconductor industry while also being useful as […]

Read more »

New Post Processor Developed for Mastercam Users

Updated March 2020 SCHAUMBURG, IL (August 2019) – In a collaborative effort to best enable 5-axis machining for users with HEIDENHAIN TNC controls and Mastercam® CAD/CAM software, a new collaborate post processor is now available. Called the HEIDENHAIN TNC 5X Mill post processor, CNC Software, Inc., developers of Mastercam software, introduced it recently after coordinating […]

Read more »

New Unique Ring Encoder Resists Contamination

SCHAUMBURG, IL (March 2019) – HEIDENHAIN introduces a new mid-range high accuracy ring encoder that is suitable for position measurement applications that require high tolerance to contamination but do not demand the accuracy level of an optical encoder. This unique HEIDENHAIN ERM 2203 is optimized to meet those needs and is a welcome alternative to […]

Read more »