Customer: Alcoa (Aluminum Company of America)
Alcoa is an American public company best known for its work with lightweight metals and advanced manufacturing techniques.
PLS were challenged with re-designing a Furnace Charging machine to incorporate a fully automated option to eliminate human control.
PLS were successful in delivering the requested solution incorporating the following key elements:
- Powered long travel motion
- 360 degree slew to access furnaces on both sides of the work area
- Forks capable of carrying 8te of product into high temperature furnaces
- Laser positioning system to automatically position the charger at each furnace over 50m of track
- Fully programmable to allow the charger to load and unload furnaces automatically without a driver
- Under floor power feed system