Georg and HIT enter into a strategic cooperation

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Heinrich Georg and HIT Hafen- und Industrietechnik have signed a cooperation agreement with respect to the use of autonomous low-floor transport vehicles.

Under the agreement, it is now possible to use the move-e-star low-floor transport vehicles from HIT for the internal transport of loads to and from Georg machines in operation at customer sites.

In steel and aluminium strip production or in the manufacture of cores or magnetic yokes for transformers, the transport of material and product to and from the various production stages ties up resources and may delay processes. A similar situation we find in the mechanical engineering sector: when machining large and heavy parts and components, such as aluminium slabs or turbine rotors, unproductive waiting times often occur as a result of transport means being needed for other tasks.

The cooperation with HIT now enables GEORG to offer a solution following the trend of digitalization and the growing interlinking of production processes. The autonomously operating move-e-star low-floor transport vehicles from HIT are designed to automatically transport loads of between two and 120 tons weight, for example, coils or stacks of transformer plates, within production areas. They slide underneath the load-carrying racks, pick them up and navigate autonomously to their destination where they set the load down again.

The vehicles’ central elements are the drive axles which integrate the traction drive, the steering system and the lifting system. They give the move-e-star excellent maneuverability. The vehicles can freely move about the floor: they can drive forwards and backwards, sideways or at an angle, and even turn “on a table”. Thus, the vehicle can easily and safely perform transport tasks even in tight spaces and aisles. It handles thresholds and gradients with ease as it comes with a dynamic leveling system.

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