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Batch-of-one flexibility meets mass-production efficiency

At the SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Nuremberg, B&R unveiled its new intelligent transport system: ACOPOStrak. ACOPOStrak is the first system on the market to extend the economies of mass production down to batches of one.

The purely electromagnetic ACOPOStrak diverters divide and merge product flows at full production speed. Among their many advantages is the ability to include a pit lane in the track layout. New shuttles are mounted on the pit lane and then channeled onto the track's actual production lines via a diverter. In the same way, any shuttles that are no longer needed can simply be rerouted to the pit lane. All of this takes place at full production speed. "It becomes possible to perform product changeover with zero downtime," explained B&R's mechatronics manager Robert Kickinger at the spectacular unveiling event that kicked off the exhibition.

ACOPOStrak's absolute design flexibility allows it to morph into all types of open and closed layouts by arranging different combinations of track segments. The system is capable of 5 g acceleration and reaches top speeds in excess of 4 meters per second with a minimum product pitch of only 50 millimeters. No other transport system on the market offers such impressive performance numbers in combination with high-speed diverters and extensive design flexibility.

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