Software configures AGV systems quickly.

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Q-CAN(TM) (Quick Configurable AutomatioN) offers configurable automation for Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) systems. PC program allows operators to design, demonstrate, and implement systems within days. It requires no site-specific, custom software and can be re-configured as needed. It is capable of designing non-wire AGV path layouts and defining system operation, as well as supporting remote AGV call and dispatch functions.



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New AGV Technology Offers Quick System Configuration



Q-CAN, a new product from Siemens Dematic, offers quick, configurable automation for AGV systems at significant cost savings.

DETROIT, MI-(APRIL 8, 2002)-Siemens Dematic's Rapistan Material Handling Automation Division introduces Quick Configurable AutomatioN [Q-CAN(TM)] technology for Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) systems at the NA2002 trade show. Q-CAN offers a standard PC program that allows an operator to design, demonstrate and implement an AGV system within days-saving time and money.

According to Garry Koff, AGVS Technology Manager for Siemens Dematic, "The system requires no site-specific, custom software and can be easily re-configured as requirements change. Customers can even license the use of the Q-CAN Designer PC program and re-configure their system themselves, without our direct involvement."

Q-CAN provides ease in designing non-wire AGV path layouts and defining system operation, as well as supports remote AGV call and dispatch functions. The program requires no CAD or software experience and features a Windows-like GUI, so it's easy to learn and operate.

The Q-CAN Designer "system demonstration" function allows users to test a system's operation on screen and fine tune its parameters before implementation. Koff stated that because design time is collapsed and no custom software is required, Q-CAN systems cost considerably less than conventional AGV systems. Long term costs are also reduced, because Q-CAN systems are so easy to modify and adapt to changing operational needs.

Siemens Dematic offers a full line of tow, unit load and fork AGVs. The vehicles are available in a wide range of standard models and load capacities and can be easily configured with Q-CAN.

For more information on Q-CAN or other Siemens Dematic products and services, please call 877-725-7500.

Siemens Dematic
Press and Public Relations
507 Plymouth NE
Grand Rapids, Ml 49505

Michael Krampe
Tel.: 616.913.7287
Fax: 616.913.7701
E-mail: michael.krampe@rapistan.com

Siemens Dematic

With its world headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, Siemens Dematic's Rapistan Material Handling Automation Division is a subsidiary of Siemens Dematic AG, based in Nuremberg, Germany. Siemens Dematic AG is the world's leading supplier of logistics and factory automation systems. As a systems integrator, Siemens Dematic supplies a full range of products and services, from individual products and systems to complete turnkey facilities as a general contractor. It consists of three business units: Material Handling Automation, Postal Automation and Electronics Assembly Systems. The company, with approximately 11,500 employees worldwide, has a business volume of around $3.2 billion. For more information about Siemens Dematic go to www.siemens-dematic.com.

Siemens Dematic is a subsidiary of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI), headquartered in Munich, a leading global electronics and engineering company. It employs some 450,000 people in 193 countries, and reported worldwide sales of more than $74 billion in fiscal 2001 (10/1/00 - 9/30/01).

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