Product information feeder systems

In automated processes, the transfer and positioning of workpieces on portal measuring machines or rotary tables often proves to be a bottleneck. With the unmanned, self-controlled shuttle system Witte Scooter, Witte Barskamp GmbH & Co. KG is presenting a solution to close this automation gap.


The Witte Scooter consists of an autonomous navigating drive unit and a working unit for taking on and transferring a functional surface - for example a grid base plate or pallet with a mounted workpiece. As an unmanned, self-controlling shuttle system, the scooter commutes on pre-programmed routes between one or more setup stations and measuring systems. This is done with millimeter precision during takeover and positioning.


Not tied to rail systems or induction loops, but rather using assignable freely programmable routes, the scooter adapts quickly and flexibly to any room geometry.


It is also prepared for unforeseen situations: A laser-based 360-degree orientation and safety system stops it in the face of sudden obstacles, and then uses saved alternative routes should the obstacle remain.


Operation takes place either via an external drive computer or via the on-board, intuitively operated touchscreen of the drive unit. An optional radio remote control is available as a backup solution in the event of a network failure.


The Witte Scooter is powered by an energy-optimized electric drive, the battery of which is automatically charged via contacts when docked at the loading station. The power is transmitted to three drive wheels, which bring the scooter up to a driving speed of up to 0.8 m / s. The scooter generates electricity and compressed air for its own needs and also supplies the function unit on the measuring equipment or turntable.


May 2019