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ARATEC & Positioning Modules

The ARATEC Positioning Solution System is an advanced system for automated positioning of industrial vehicles and conveyor systems in warehouse logistics, such as stacker cranes, bridge cranes / overhead cranes, hoists, shuttle cars, material lifts, freight elevators or transfer vehicles.

The ARATEC Positioning Solution System is an advanced system for automated positioning of industrial vehicles and conveyor systems in warehouse logistics, such as stacker cranes, hoists, material lifts, freight elevators or transfer vehicles.
Sample applications (from left to right): Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl), Volkswagen AG at Wolfsburg, Germany, SKF Logistics Services Belgium, Tongeren

Krane, Krananlagen, Brückenkran, Crane Systems, Bridge Crane, Tandembetrieb, Advanced Skew Control, Gleichlaufregelung, ARATEC
Sample applications: bridge cranes / overhead cranes in logistics and production facilities

Automatische Förder-, Hebe- und Transportanlagen, Verschiebewagen, Aufzug, Hubwerk, ETV, Elevating Transfer Vehicle
Sample applications (from left to right): Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl), Volkswagen AG at Wolfsburg, Germany, Robert Bosch GmbH, Automotive Aftermarket at Karlsruhe, Germany

PSI Technics' ARATEC Positioning Solution System is an innovative solution for industrial positioning applications. In fully automated high-bay warehouses, for example, ARATEC instructs stacker cranes to move to the storage position's target coordinates to ensure that all storage and retrieval operations are carried out with high accuracy in the shortest amount of time.

PSI Technics' motion analysis offering allows, for the first time, a comprehensive evaluation of logistics facilities. In recent years, PSI Technics has been able to reveal significant optimization potential in many of our customers' facilities, in particular with regard to oscillation control. Oscillations are most frequently caused by traditional positioning solutions that do not adequately account for the behavior of industrial vehicles. This leads to increased wear, premature failures and high cycle times, which leads to lower throughput and added costs.

 

ARATEC – Leistung liebt Herausforderung. – Challenges inspire performance.

PSI Technics offers a solution for these issues: ARATEC – the intelligent Positioning Solution System, an advanced closed-loop positioning control system specifically tailored for logistics facilities. The ARATEC enables the reliable and accurate positioning of industrial vehicles such as stacker cranes, bridge cranes / overhead cranes, vertical lifting systems, and other rail-guided vehicles under the most demanding conditions.

This is just one of the reasons why many renowned customers from a wide variety of industries have been relying on solutions from PSI Technics for years. (Application Reports).

 

Compared to conventional positioning systems it optimizes motion sequences, compensates for mast oscillations and continuously reduces system wear.
Compared to conventional positioning systems ARATEC optimizes motion sequences, compensates for mast oscillations and continuously reduces system wear.

Compared to conventional positioning systems it optimizes motion sequences, compensates for mast oscillations and continuously reduces system wear

One particular advantage of the ARATEC positioning system lies in process optimization. The system calculates travel profiles for the required travel distance, placing particular emphasis on maximum speed and acceleration. The travel profiles are continuously optimized to ensure that all movements are completed in the shortest possible time. The travel profiles calculated by ARATEC eliminate creeping speed, irrespective of the load, which significantly reduces storage and retrieval times.

Are you looking for a future-ready positioning system or a positioning solution to replace an existing system? Contact us – our application engineers can provide recommendations for your specific environment. In North America, please call Tom Anderson, PSI Technics General Manager of North America, at +1 925 287 0904. For the rest of the world, please call +49 (0) 2630 91590-0 or use the contact form to submit your questions or requests or send an e-mail to support@psi-technics.com.

 

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS for the ARATEC Positioning Solution System:

FLP6000AOC Advanced Oscillation Control decreases mast oscillations of stacker cranes.

FLP6000EOS Energy Optimizing Software saves energy, increases positioning efficiency and the life-span of stacker cranes, crane systems, bridge cranes / overhead cranes, automated industrial vehicles and conveyor systems.

FLP6000ASC Advanced Skew Control Software eliminates skew of long-span bridge cranes / overhead cranes.

Tandem Operation enables two independently driven bridge cranes / overhead cranes (or trolleys) to operate in tandem.

and ADDITIONAL FEATURES:

Rack fine positioning: Highly precise rack positioning for stacker cranes – reference points on storage racks are used in combination with vision sensors and automated lighting control to ensure precise positioning – even when warehousing layouts change. For example, reference points change when foundations subside or steel structures in high-bay warehouses can expand due to temperature fluctuations. The vision sensors recognize these changes and the ARATEC Positioning Solution System ensures rack fine positioning even under changing conditions.


ARATEC control unit
Control Unit

ARATEC advantages vs. conventional positioning systems:

 

Jens Schischke, Conveyor Technology, Planning department (PWG-P/F), Volkswagen AG, Germany:

"With the ARATEC system PSI Technics not only provided us with an efficient long-term solution that helps us to cut costs, but with state-of-the-art positioning technology for our Wolfsburg factory."

 

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New ARATEC Machine Model Identification – Improved Dynamics and Reduced Wear of Industrial Machines Used in Intralogistics

PSI Technics develops new and innovative methods for optimizing intralogistics facilities such as stacker cranes, bridge cranes / overhead cranes, shuttle cars, hoists, freight elevators, material lifts etc..

Unlike the competition, PSI Technics optimizes your entire logistics system instead of merely focusing on particular components
Unlike the competition, PSI Technics optimizes your entire logistics system instead of merely focusing on particular components.

For example, in conventional positioning the drives are fine-tuned for the travel profile without taking into account continuous system wear, which in turn leads to cost-intensive repairs and downtimes.

To meet the increasing demands of dynamic modern logistics systems, PSI Technics continues to enhance the closed-loop control models of the ARATEC.

The ARATEC Positioning Solution System includes a self-learning algorithm that automatically adapts to the behavior of the controlled vehicle. PSI Technics developed the ARATEC Positioning Solution System to adapt to changing industrial requirements and to provide better control for highly dynamic systems while simultaneously reducing commissioning times in highly complex logistics facilities.

The ARATEC's automatic machine model identification capability is a core feature of the self-learning algorithm. It automatically calculates a machine model that best describes the vehicle's behavior based on the system's response.

 

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ARATEC ATC (Advanced Track Control System) – The Perfect Solution for Automatic and Manually Operated Cranes

PSI Technics’ ARATEC ATC (Advanced Track Control System) ensures smooth crane operation while reducing maintenance costs. – Reduced wear. Extended maintenance intervals. Easy commissioning.

Krananlagen, Kransysteme, Brückenkran, Montagehalle, Fertigungshalle, Lagerhalle, Lagerlogistik, Werk
Skewing can occur in particular due to load swing, which subjects crane wheels and rails to increased strain and wear.


ARATEC ATC Advanced Track Control System – The perfect solution for automatic and manually operated cranesFour ultrasonic distance sensors record the current position of the wheels at their point of contact. The ARATEC ATC uses this data to calculate both the angle and the position of the crane bridge.

PSI Technics’ ARATEC ATC (Advanced Track Control System) is a straight-run control system for bridge cranes. The ARATEC ATC ensures that the wheels of a bridge crane are continually centered on the crane rails, thus effectively preventing wheel flange and lateral guide roller wear.

 

How the ARATEC ATC works:

The ARATEC ATC controls the drives on both sides of the bridge and ensures that the crane wheels are centrally positioned on the rails. To accomplish this, the ARATEC ATC employs 4 ultrasonic sensors that are permanently affixed to the crane wheel assembly (2 on each side) which measure the distance from the wheel or flange to the center of the rail.

The controller monitors the angle and float of the crane and based on this information a speed offset value is calculated and any required velocity correction is sent to the right or left side drive to ensure the crane wheels remain centered on the rails. Thus, if the wheels or rollers deviate from the rail’s centerline the ARATEC ATC corrects the skew or float while the crane is moving. Since the wheel positions on both sides of the rails are corrected, the crane’s traveling speed remains unaffected.

The ARATEC ATC has no effect on existing or additional crane controls, such as anti-collision, automated or semi-automated positioning, or sway control, allowing simultaneous use of these features, where required.

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The ARATEC ATC is a worthy investment – even for older cranes and cranes with long spans. Contact us to learn more. In North America, please call Tom Anderson, PSI Technics General Manager of North America, at +1 925 287 0904. For the rest of the world, please call +49 (0) 2630 91590-0 or use the contact form to submit your questions or requests or send an e-mail to support@psi-technics.com.

 

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Intuitive and user-friendly: The ARATEC Dashboard (Condition Monitoring)

Conveniently manage your installations with the new ARATEC Dashboard (Condition Monitoring). The new ARATEC Dashboard makes the parameterization of your ARATEC Positioning Solution System even more convenient. It provides all the relevant information about your industrial vehicles, cranes or conveyor systems at a glance.

Das ARATEC-Webinterface (Dashboard) bietet komfortablen Umgang mit Ihrer Anlage
Conveniently manage your installations with the new dashboard interface

As the need for managing information has evolved customers are demanding better and instant insight into operations. As companies continue to invest in automation to compete better in a now global marketplace, their demands for relevant information that provides insight into all aspects of their operation has grown. In the past, companies often had no way of knowing how their equipment was performing. And not knowing meant not understanding how operational bottlenecks were affecting throughput or which maintenance costs could be eliminated, or which systems would need to be replaced first.

Today's customer is rightfully demanding this insight. Critical vendors are being selected, in part because of their ability to prove their worth in real time. PSI Technics' new ARATEC Dashboard is one such game changer.

 

 

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ARATEC® TPCC® - Registered in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Links

>Application Reports >Customer Feedback >Videos >Stacker Cranes >Crane Systems / Bridge Cranes >ASRS Vehicles / Automated Industrial Vehicles and Conveyor Systems >Factory Automation & Process Optimization >Modernization / Retrofitting >Virtual Modeling / Finite Element Method (FEM) >Performance Analyses >MA6000MC Motion Analysis Kit >FLP6000EOS Energy Optimizing Software >FLP6000AOC Advanced Oscillation Control >FLP6000ASC Skew Control Software >Tandem Operation

Downloads

>We are going to show you what your logistics system can do – Presentation for stacker crane applications (PDF) >We are going to show you what your logistics system can do – Presentation for bridge crane applications (PDF) >White Paper - Positioning System Modernization Saves Time and Money in Warehouse Logistics (PDF) >White Paper - Positioning System Modernization Saves Time and Money in Food Logistics (PDF) >The ARATEC Positioning Solution System Product Brochure - Modernizations / New Installations (PDF) >The ARATEC Positioning Solution System Product Brochure - Replacement for Trimble / Spectra Precision / Geotronics (PDF) >ARATEC ATC - Advanced Track Control System - Data Sheet (PDF) >Optimized Warehouse Logistics Product Flyer (PDF) >FLP6000AOC Advanced Oscillation Control & New Machine Model Identification Data Sheet (PDF) >The ARATEC Positioning Solution System vs. ICS5000 Comparison Sheet (PDF) >The ARATEC Positioning Solution System vs. PLC Comparison Sheet (PDF) >FLP6000ASC Advanced Skew Control Software Data Flyer (PDF) >Tandem Operation Data Sheet (PDF) >FLP6000EOS Energy Optimizing Software Data Sheet (PDF) >FLP6000MA Motion Analyzing Software Data Sheet (PDF) >ARATEC Dashboard Data Sheet (PDF) >PSI Technics Reflector Foils Data Sheet (PDF)
 

Automate. Optimize. Increase Quality. Save Energy.

PSI Technics is known for its expertise in industrial image processing and automation technology. Take advantage of our extensive analysis and optimization know-how for automated warehouse and production processes to increase the life-span of your facility.
We assist you every step of the way to help you find an optimization solution that is right for you or develop custom industry and application-specific applications based on digital imaging processing systems to increase the quality and productivity of your products and processes.

 

Industrial Image Processing / Industrial Vision ...

...designed for the continuous monitoring and visual quality control of production processes.
PSI Technics offers easy-to-use, application-specific digital image processing solutions that are designed for the continuous monitoring and quality control of production processes. Nearly all monitoring and measuring tasks can be automated by means of industrial image processing. Show movie

We are going to show you what your logistics system can do.

We invite you to experience a completely new type of control technology – in an entertaining short story. A clear and straightforward presentation will show you why the ARATEC is the best positioning solution on the market: For STACKER CRANE applicationsFor BRIDGE CRANE applications

ARATEC – Challenges inspire performance.

PSI Technics' ARATEC Positioning Solution System is an innovative and advanced solution for industrial positioning applications. Show movie

FLP6000AOC – Advanced Oscillation Control

The ARATEC's FLP6000AOC software reduces mast oscillations – even of highly dynamic stacker cranes – to a minimum. The test setup shows that the ARATEC Positioning Solution System with enabled FLP6000AOC compensates for mast oscillations in near-real time, even when the oscillations are caused by external disturbances.

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