The paper describes an approach for analyzing the use of a Laser-Guided Vehicle (LGV) in the context of the small and medium-sized enterprise. The use of LGVs is an efficient solution to provide more flexibility in the context of Just-In-Time production; however, the investment cost can limit this application. A methodology has been proposed in this work to analyze the technical feasibility of using an LGV in the manufacturing industry of customized products. The test case focuses on the study of a laser-guided system to optimize the handling of molds for customized production. In this scenario, an LGV is proposed to substitute manual carts used for moving molds from the warehouse to the injection machines. The traditional path included an intermediate station for pre-heating the molds in hot-air ovens. The proposed solution includes the study of an induction heating system on the LGV to optimize time and energy consumption.
Analysis of LGV usage for the improvement of a customized production / Cicconi, Paolo; Raffaeli, Roberto; Postacchini, Leonardo; Monteriu', Andrea; Pallotta, Emanuele; Prist, Mariorosario; Ciarapica, Filippo Emanuele; Germani, Michele. - In: PROCEDIA MANUFACTURING. - ISSN 2351-9789. - ELETTRONICO. - 51:(2020), pp. 1606-1613. (Intervento presentato al convegno 30th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, FAIM 2021 tenutosi a grc nel 2021) [10.1016/j.promfg.2020.10.224].