Ford Australia SmartCart AGC 2011
In an effort to reduce the cost of the repetitive task of delivering Fenders to the production line, Ford Australia turned to its long time automation partner Custom Automation to install a SmartCart AGC.
This automatic cart is guided by a magnetic bar which is recessed into the concrete to avoid wear and tear, and equipped with sensors to prevent collisions or injury to site staff.
At the beginning of its operation loop, it waits at the loading point for an operator to hitch on a trolley. Then, using the Human Machine Interface (HMI), the operator releases the cart which travels unaided for 150 metres to the delivery point where it waits for an operator to unhitch the loaded trolley, hitch an new unloaded trolley and release the cart for its return journey.
The SmartCart has been operating flawlessly and consistently onsite since 2011. With only simple preventative maintenance being performed by Ford staff, the machine has required no intervention from Custom Automation in over 5 years of operation.