Mitsubishi unveils linear transfer line for production at PPMA


Image of Smart Carriage intelligent linear transfer line for assembly


Visitors to the Mitsubishi Electric stand C60 at PPMA have their first opportunity in the UK to see a working demonstration of a dedicated linear transfer system. Called “Smart Carriage”, delivering integrated power for on-board intelligence and carriage equipment.


Smart Carriage allows assembly information and production data specific to each work piece to be retained. It also provides the ability to switch between parallel tracks on production lines, which enable multiple operations on different products, offering more flexible and efficient ‘production on demand’ driven assembly sequences.


World’s most advanced packaging conveyor

Developed in conjunction with e‑F@ctory Alliance partner APT Automation, the Smart Carriage addresses industry challenges such as improved productivity, increased OEE and greater production line flexibility. Its features and functions make it the world’s most advanced packaging and assembly conveyor – including on-board intelligence, real-time synchronisation with other processes, assured safety and the ability to switch between vertical as well as horizontal tracks.


Onboard intelligence

By offering on-board intelligence and data memory, as well as integrated power for on-carriage devices such as sensors, the Smart Carriage can store product information and production data. It can then communicate information from one station to the next, allowing carriage to detect different products and then decide on optimum routes and destinations.


This is supported by a high maximum speed of 4m/sec, plus acceleration / deceleration of 3g and a positioning accuracy of ±0.01mm. With this solution packaging conveyors for high value items are entering a new era of material flow. All of this considerably increases the efficiency and flexibility of the packaging process.


3D Multi-layer motion

In the most recent development, the Smart Carriages on the linear transfer system support 3D Multi-layer motion, with carriages able to switch between both horizontal and vertical tracks on production lines. This means that different product related processes can be matched to the product, and merged again intelligently on the rails. The result is significantly higher plant utilisation, greatly increased flexibility and decreased redundancy.



Organised by the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association it opens at the NEC on 28 September, and runs for three days. Visitors have access to equipment from over 1500 suppliers. Many manufacturers will be demonstrating their latest production line machinery, and visitors are invited to attend a series of thirty minutes presentations on a range of current industry topics.


Mitsubishi Electric can be found on stand C60 at the PPMA Show, NEC, Birmingham, from 26-28 September 2017.

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