Logimat 2009: Montech Introduces Intralogistic Applications

(Derendingen, 27/01/2009) At the intralogistic show Logimat 2009 in
Stuttgart, Montech is featuring a range of applications of the Montrac
system, which has enabled many companies to optimize their material
flows and consequently their intralogistic operations.

The Swiss company will show how customers could optimize their intralogistic
and increase efficiency by adopting the Montrac system. "The efficiency of
operations in all company areas, especially intralogistics, is more and more
critical," said Yves Dicke, Montrac Division Manager at Montech AG. "Often,
however, a conventional transport system cannot meet more and more
sophisticated intralogistic needs. Therefore, new solutions are required."
For 13 years now, Montrac has proved that it can optimize logistic and
production operations and revolutionize internal flows.

Versatile applications
Montrac was launched in 1996 after two years of research. Since then, more
than one thousand Montrac plants have been installed in different industries
all over the world, from automotive to plastic processing, up to
pharmaceuticals, as evidence of Montrac's versatile application. Customers
that have adopted Montrac for their intralogistic management include Hella,
Triom, Alpla Lubecker Kunststoffwerk, Tech-Pol, BMW, Continental
Automotive, Hormann Antriebstechnik, Rexam Pharma, Vetter Pharma-
Fertigung and SEIKO.

News: Montrac shuttle with RFID technology
The shuttle with RFID technology is a development that aims at enhancing the
intralogistic process management. The innovation is that the route is defined
by the carried product and not by the shuttle, as it has been so far.
This is how it works. The product lying on the shuttle is provided with a
transponder that contains information about the product's route along the track.
While on the shuttle, the transponder is written through the Intelligent Routing
Module (IRM) by means of a serial interface. The RFID read/write unit is
integrated in the shuttle. When the transponder is outside the Montrac system,
it can be written using a standard RFID unit.

In this way, the products can be replaced along the track and they will still
reach the "correct" destination, thanks to the RFID marking.

More flexibility for users
"Maximum product flexibility is an essential premise to meet customer
requirements flexibly and to provide maximum flexibility to users,", adds Dicke.
Montrac delivers such flexibility from different standpoints, such as future
extensions or modifications to the plant, adapting to available space,
modularity and compatibility of components.

All Montrac system components are based on the same platform and are
mutually compatible. The monorails can be supplied in any length. Bypasses,
switches and curves (with 280 mm minimum radius) feature a compact design
so that the system can be adapted to actual space availability. The Trac
monorails and TracLink connection elements ensure quick and easy
assembling: two tools are all it takes to install a Montrac line or to adapt it to
new situations and requirements. In this way, the layout flexibility is virtually

Also in terms of costs, Montrac is a model of optimization, explains Dicke.
Montrac operation is fully electric, so that all pneumatic components and
connections are eliminated. Power is supplied directly through the monorail,
therefore the systems requires no cabling, except for minimal wiring in specific
applications. The control system can thus be minimized or totally eliminated.

Conveyors based on standard components
At Logimat, in Hall 1, Stand 511, Montech will also exhibit small and big
conveyors, plus other models based on a modular concept with ready-to-use
components. Thanks to their modularity, the conveyors can be assembled in
variable configurations, extended or shortened with a simple and cost-effective
approach. The conveyors have standard widths included between 45 and 800
mm and they can carry up to 125 kg weight, while their length can be selected
freely up to 15 meters in one millimeter steps.

Montech AG

Montech AG markets basic modular components that automate demanding production
and logistics processes. In addition to conventional conveyor belts, automation
components and the Quick-Set profile system, the range of products also includes the
Montrac transport system. Montrac is an intelligent transport system for networking
industrial production and logistics processes. Founded in 1963, the company is based
in Switzerland and stands for innovation in the automation industry.

For more information
Montech AG
Elke Manthei
Gewerbestrasse 12
CH-4552 Derendingen
Telefon: +41 32 681 55 42
Fax: +41 32 682 19 77
E-Mail: elke.manthei@montech.com

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