Logistics and Material Handling Vehicles
Logistics and Material Handling Vehicles

Sensors for Intelligent Automation

The logistics industry has been for some years in a distinct upward curve. On one hand, the growing online shopping business means that warehouse processes need to be automated, since manual work is too susceptible to error. Automation, including driverless logistics vehicles, can increase the work schedule to 24/7.

On the other hand, the industry is developing new assembly concepts which rely increasingly on individual process steps being linked together through automated handling systems. Automatic transport of the needed articles can be controlled and monitored by sensors more efficiently using intelligent automation.

Application examples

  • Forklifts: Measuring the Position of the Fork

    With BML magnetic encoder systems

    The solution

    In warehouses with less than ideal visibility, the fork position can be precisely determined. Our magnetic encoders are ideal for continuously detecting the depth position of the fork with millimeter accuracy. The magnetic tape recessed into the extendable part of the fork is sensed without contact by a receiver at the end of the fixed fork section. Good to know: When used on a forklift the driver can view any fork position on a display.

    The features

    • Wear-free
    • Prevent driver errors by setting defined extension lengths
    Forklifts: Measuring the Position of the Fork
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  • Forklifts: Checking whether the Seat is Occupied

    With BES inductive sensors

    The solution

    Inductive sensors from Balluff ensure safety in forklift applications. The motor can only be started if the sensor has detected the presence of the driver. This is accomplished with a sensor attached to the seat frame detects whether there is pressure on the seat to indicate a person is sitting on it. If this is the case, the metal frame of the forklift is detected and the machine can be started.

    The features

    • No special target needed
    • Contactless and wear-free
    Forklifts: Checking whether the Seat is Occupied
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  • Loading Crane: Measuring the Position of the Hydraulic Cylinders

    With BTL magnetostrictive linear position sensors

    The solution

    On a container gantry crane, one needs to be able to rely on the loading crane. The magnetostrictive linear position sensors from Balluff help you accomplish this. They monitor the outreach of the crane by precisely measuring the angle of the crane arm. The rugged, explosion-proof sensor continuously monitors the position of the hydraulic cylinder.

    The features

    • Wide temperature range –40 to 85 °C
    • Highest protection class: IP69K
    Loading Crane: Measuring the Position of the Hydraulic Cylinders
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  • Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV): Monitoring Driverless Transport Systems

    With BIS RFID systems

    The solution

    RFID from Balluff expertly aids in monitoring AGVs. Our RFID systems ensure, for example, that the AGV drives into the correct box for picking up or delivering the correct load. All the information is transferred to the AGV from the data carriers. And read out by the read/write head is installed in the box. This assists in the trouble-free flow of materials.

    The features

    • Read and write information between the AGV and storage box
    • Fast startup at the press of a button using auto-set-up
    • Function and status LEDs visible from any direction
    Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV): Monitoring Driverless Transport Systems
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