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AGV: Automated Guided Vehicles

Automatic warehouses: current state of the art

Automation 4.0 has arrived in warehouses, and it was definitely needed. Perhaps still considered as static places where goods simply remain parked, today warehouses have become and are increasingly becoming dynamic and smart environments, where there is a place for robotics (especially for AGVs - Automatic Guided Vehicles), computer science and sensors. It did not happen out of whim, because in the last few years a significant increase in complexity has affected the activities of warehouse and logistics.

Regardless of the type of goods sold, warehouses today contain many more products and much more data than in the past. In order to satisfy more and more demanding customers, who are informed and expect a greater customization, the offers have expanded and deepened.

Furthermore, with the introduction of traceability and monitoring systems, sensors and Internet of Things connectivity in many factories and supply chains, a veritable explosion of data has occurred. Data are indeed a resource but also a complicated material to manage. Moreover, in order to pursue the levels of service provided by Amazon and other e-commerce giants, even the most traditional companies find themselves under pressure, having to increasingly reduce delivery time.

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How can we deal with such an important and probably irreversible change? Automation is a powerful tool for reducing complexity – and costs! – and is also a forward-looking investment that pays for itself quickly. There are two types of automation: "material", related to the storage and handling of goods; and "immaterial", made with management and control software solutions. It sounds complicated, but the tools to support the technological transformation of the warehouse are certainly not lacking.

Automated racking and AGVs, Automated Guided Vehicles, overturn the old model of a static warehouse and bring new efficiency in the storage, handling, picking, loading and unloading of goods (palletized, in boxes or in bulk). All these procedures are suitable for being automated, with excellent results.

A dynamic and automatic storage and handling system, for example, allows the entire height of the warehouse to be exploited (transforming it into a "vertical warehouse"): up to 90% more space can be saved, at the same square footage, compared to a traditional layout. And, in addition to space optimization, greater speed is obtained (no time is wasted searching for an article or lot), precision (zero human error) and safety (no difficult handling, loading and unloading operations are attempted).

We can define the automated warehouse as an automated plant for the storage of goods, consisting of four main elements:

  • the shelving, which allows the vertical volumes to be exploited;
  • the stacker crane, a frame that moves vertically and sometimes horizontally, sliding on a rail, with rope, belt or chain traction;
  • the handling, i.e. the set of devices that extract and move load units (automatic conveyors, shuttles, rollers or chains and other elements);   
  • the electronic component, i.e. the electrical cabinet, a computer and a management and control software.

Both the handling of materials and products and the loading and unloading operations are suitable to be automated, leading to great savings in time and great gains in efficiency and precision.

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Following the fire that hit RDM Blendecques mill, A.Celli will contribute to the restart of production with a brand new E-WIND® P100 paper rewinder.

On March 22 RDM Group reported a fire that occurred in the Blendecques mill, where the Company produces up to 140,000 tons per year of recycled cartonboard. Although the main production line was not affected and no operator was injured, the fire involved part of the warehouse and the sheeting and finishing department, including the rewinders, and the production was suspended.

In light of this emergency, A.Celli Paper immediately sent its specialized team on site to develop a common strategy together with the RDM Group for both short and long term. The first result of this common professional approach will be the supply of a new E-WIND® P100 paper rewinder with very short delivery time. The start-up phase is scheduled for the end of 2022 and the restart of production for early 2023.

A.Celli RDM Blendecques

The rewinder, designed to process coated and uncoated paper with basis weights from 250 to 550 gsm at a speed of 1800 m/min, will feature an in-line unwinder, a spool parking station, automatic core feeding and gluing and automatic in-line slitter with our patented SLITTOMATIC® system.

Mr. Michele Bianchi, CEO of RDM Group, says: “ The fire at our Blendecques mill has been a shock and a bad surprise for all our workforce, impacting the continuity of the business and customer service in an already tight market. I’m impressed by the way in which A.Celli reacted and partnered with us in finding the best fit-for-purpose solution with short implementation times. We are living challenging times and it is a pleasure seeing how positively our colleagues reacted as well as how supportive, competent and responsible suppliers like A.Celli embraced the challenge to give new future to our mill. We are looking forward to restart the mill and to turn a new page.”

RDM GROUP – COMPANY PROFILE

RDM Group is the leading producer in the recycled cartonboard business and the largest producer in Italy, France, the Netherlands and in the Iberian Peninsula. The Group has its headquarters in Milan but it can boast a strategic presence at international level thanks to its sales network and its 9 production mills - 3 in Italy, 1 in France, 1 in Germany, 2 in Spain and 2 in the Netherlands. While coated board is mainly supplied to the European market, solid board is representing a leading segment worldwide including US and Asia. The Blendecques mill is the sole producer of GD – GT in France and is located in an area with a rich history of papermaking, with 8 paper/board machine on production. Close to Paris, London, Amsterdam and Brussel, the mill takes advantage of a dense population with recycled fiber sourced locally.

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The robot AGV has knocked on the door of the warehouse, and not as a passing guest, but as a new and welcome tenant. Automated Guided Vehicles - self-driving vehicles that perform handling tasks - represent a groundbreaking innovation for the world of intralogistics.

The innovation forms part of the wider one of Industry 4.0, which consists of connectivity and the Internet of Things, temperature, presence and movement sensors, RFID readers, and software that collects and analyses data to improve processes and perform predictive maintenance. These technologies are transforming production, but also other aspects of the supply chain.

There are various types of AGVs suitable for handling different quantities and types of goods, all of which share some abilities that translate into advantages.

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Autonomy guaranteed by software and sensors

The ability to move independently (thanks to a range of technologies: electrical, optical, magnetic, GPS, etc.) makes the presence of a driver superfluous. Vehicles equipped with software can be programmed to perform precise operations, while cameras and sensors allow machines to perceive the surrounding environment.

The strength of machines

In intralogistics, as in many other fields (such as construction), the strength of machines far exceeds that of humans. The weight-bearing capacity of robot AGVs can vary greatly, but is in all cases superior to that of a team of people and often also to that of the classic forklift truck. The most powerful models can handle loads weighing several tons.

Constant energy

Lithium batteries, which can be charged quickly, increase the productivity of AGVs and reduce downtime. It can be said, then, that the level of performance of a machine does not improve or suffer according to physical condition, tiredness, hunger or commitment, but remains constant.

Safety for workers and goods

Intrinsically safe design, bumpers, brakes, and sensors that detect the presence of obstacles all help to reduce the risk of accidents (collisions with other vehicles or people, falling of goods, etc.).

Precision without distraction

Mechanical arms designed according to the goods to be handled (bales of raw material, pallets, paper rolls, etc.) and sensors allow for precise and repeatable movements, not subject to variability or human error.

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The speed of a tireless robot

It is certainly easier for a vehicle to travel long distances, from one warehouse to another or between very large warehouse departments, or to shuttle between the picking area and the logistics delivery area. The performance of a robot AGV does not depend on subjective factors, on tiredness, or on the bulk of the shifted goods.

Benefits of a flexible fleet

If a company wishes to expand its production department or warehouse, it can increase the fleet of Automated Guided Vehicles in a gradual and flexible manner without risk of interference or the need to train new personnel.

Taken individually and of course as a whole, these features demonstrate why robot AGVs are a powerful tool in terms of productivity, efficiency and savings. A single self-driving vehicle can do the work of one or more people in less time. Programming makes it possible to precisely define routes and actions for the robot, but the advantages of AGVs are maximised in the case of use for repetitive processes in the warehouse and/or on a large scale.

The future of human-robot collaboration

Will we be saying goodbye to workers in the warehouse, then? Not exactly. Robots can improve and transform intralogistics processes, as well as cost and productivity models. But they don't have to be seen as earth-shattering. Their technology is scalable: you can start with one or two, and then increase the fleet when you best see fit.

Moreover, since AGVs are essentially "workers", it is them that have to adapt to existing workflows, and not the other way around. Rather than disappear, warehouse staff will be able to devote themselves to activities of greater added value: supervision, management, planning, maintenance and shipment control (thereby increasing the precision of operations and the correctness of deliveries).

Relieved of heavy work, the staff can dedicate more time and energy to tasks of responsibility. It is therefore true that there will be "less human intervention", but not from a purely numerical point of view: the more the warehouse is automated and managed by software, the more its processes interact without the need for a person to solve problems, perform maintenance, move objects or assign tasks to colleagues. Human intervention is reduced because the problems are reduced.

Industry 4.0 therefore allows robots and people to coexist by sharing tasks and responsibilities. But there is no doubt, in any case, that a 4.0 warehouse requires fewer new staff, since if the load increases it is possible to assign more hours of work to an AGV or add to the fleet.

There is a faster return on investment in machines due to cutting of personnel costs, not to mention better productivity and efficiency. In short, AGVs must not be seen as something of which to be afraid: they can be used in warehouses without causing confusion or threatening the existing dynamics, and indeed with the promise of numerous benefits.

In this article we focused on one aspect - reduced human intervention - but we will also talk about the other advantages in our eBook "Forklifts VS AGV systems: what is best for the warehouse?". Download it now for free!

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On the occasion of the second day of iT's Tissue 2022 A.Celli Paper, which for the occasion will open the doors of its factory until 10 June, is proud to have welcomed numerous institutional representatives of the Lucca area and a delegation of members of the Ukrainian embassy in Italy.

A.Celli had the pleasure of showing its innovations developed for the paper industry to prominent members of the local institutional scene, including the Prefect Dr. Francesco Esposito, the Chief of Police Dr. Dario Sallustio, the Commander - Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Cassarà and Colonel Head of the Provincial Command Ugo Blasi, Dr. Tiziano Pieretti, National Vice President of Confindustria, the Councilor of the Municipality of Lucca Dr. Chiara Martini and the Councilor of the Municipality of Capannori Dr. Giordano Del Chiaro.

In particular, we had the honor of receiving a visit from Dr. Yaroslav Melnyk, Ukrainian Ambassador in Italy, and his councillor Dr. Oleksandr Kapustin who, welcomed by the two shareholders Mauro Celli and Giuseppe Antonini, were able to see some of the solutions on display part of an ongoing project in Ukraine together with some board members of the company concerned.

Dr. Yaroslav Melnyk's trip is part of the Ukrainian embassy's program aimed at creating structural relationships with Italian companies currently engaged in economic projects for the country currently marked by conflict.

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"I was very satisfied to personally visit a production company of value and international level such as A.Celli" said Ambassador Yaroslav Melnyk. "We have realized that the plant to be delivered in Ukraine will be extremely useful for the development of the hygiene sector and we are sure that, as soon as delivery and start-up are completed, it will help restart the current production capacity, interrupted due to the ongoing conflict, for the benefit of the entire Ukrainian population."

Roman Vasilyevich Pirig, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kochavinska Paper Factory, declares: "We are extremely satisfied by the very high quality of the tissue plant ready to be shipped. We are working hard to define the logistical aspects for delivery and commissioning, sure of succeeding in the shortest possible time”.

"I warmly thank the ambassador for the visit and the interest shown" said Mauro Celli, shareholder of the A.Celli Group. "It was a stimulating meeting in which I reiterated my maximum availability for any activity that could contribute to the success of the current project and for future meetings in the embassy with other Ukrainian investors engaged in the hygiene sector to facilitate the restart of the Ukrainian nation in this strategic industry".

*In the photo, from the left: Andrea Cassarà, Ugo Blasi, Giuseppe Antonini, Giordano Del Chiaro, Dario Sallustio, Francesco Esposito, Mauro Celli, Yaroslav Melnyk, Mikhail Fedorovich Tytykalo, Simone Morgantini, Roman Vasilyevich Pirig, Roman Romanovich Pirig, Luca Billi

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PFNonwovens has commissioned a new nonwovens specialty line at its center of excellence in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. This line includes multiple A.Celli nonwovens equipment components.

The production line, developed with Reicofil R5 technology, is equipped with our solutions like:

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All this enhanced by our R-WAY® solution for automatic roll handling and packaging equipped with our Label Verification System, an upgrade for packaging systems with the objective to verify, by reading the labels applied to the reels and bundles, the consistency between the processes carried out by the packaging line and the actual end result of the process in terms of correct composition of each bundle.

Having PFNonwovens as a partner makes us more and more proud of our technology dedicated to the nonwovens sector.

“We are the first to invest in the latest R5 machinery in the US. This investment, in combination with our unique proprietary technology, allows us to produce consumer-preferred ultra-high loft, soft and textured nonwoven fabrics. This solidifies PFN’s position as a global leader in the production of innovative spunmelt nonwoven fabrics.” said Shane Vincent, PFN Chief Commercial Officer.

PFNONWOVENS – COMPANY PROFILE

PFNonwovens is a leading global producer of customized nonwoven fabrics for innovative products across multiple key markets (Baby Care, Medical, Adult Incontinence and Fem Care). The company is headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, and operates five production plants worldwide: two in the Czech Republic, and one each in the United States, Egypt, and South Africa.

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How to handle the risk factor linked to the unstable cost of traditional raw materials by using alternative fibers capable of guaranteeing the same results in terms of quality.

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At the dawn of paper production and before the invention of the mechanical and chemical pulping processes in the 19th century, paper was produced using fibers from numerous materials, such as mulberry tree bark, rags, cotton, hemp and linen. Nowadays, with the exclusion of secondary fibers, the paper production process involves the use of a mix of two main types of fibers:

  • Softwood, or long fiber
  • Hardwood, or short fiber

Long fibers obtained from slow-growing conifers such as pine, are used to impart strength to paper, while the short fibers obtained from broad-leaved trees such as birches, acacias or eucalyptus are responsible for the bulk and softness.
As regards the current pulp market, it is dominated by few producers and the price of raw materials is very unstable. This is a significant risk factor for the profitability of paper mills which, combined with the growing attention towards the sustainability of production processes and resources used, leads producers to consider alternative raw materials...(Click the banner below to download the full case study!)

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Henan Xinya orders two new A.Celli E-WIND® P100 paper rewinders for the Xianxing plant.

Given the excellent results obtained thanks to the solutions provided by A.Celli since 2005, including the E-WIND® P100 paper rewinder ordered in 2018, Henan Xinya New Tech Materials Co.,Ltd. will again turn to A.Celli rewinding solutions.

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The new supply requested by the Chinese group for their mill located in Xianxing City, Henan Province, includes two E-WIND® P100 paper rewinders, designed to process white coated paper with a web width of 5720 mm at a design speed of 2500 m/min. This will be accompanied by the related installation and commissioning services.

We are extremely proud of Henan Xinya's confidence in A.Celli technology and we look forward to strengthening our partnership for years to come.

HENAN XINYA – COMPANY PROFILE

Henan Xinya was founded in 1979 and is one of the leading paper companies in Henan Province, with an annual paper production capacity of 800,000 tons and total business assets of 3.66 billion yuan. Henan Xinya was ranked 22nd among the companies of the pulp and paper industry in China.

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The bulk is an important characteristic for many types of paper, capable of determining the softness of the papers for hygienic-sanitary use or the dimensional stability of the paper sold in sheets. In these cases, where it is essential to implement a correct and effective pressing process, our SMARNIP® mini shoe press is the ideal solution to optimize the dryness and mechanical properties of the paper.

The shoe press is a Beloit invention dating back to the 1980s aimed at the production of packaging paper. It is an extended nip press (ENP) where a concave stationary shoe, opposed to a cylinder, is used to substantially expand the nip, thus allowing the application of a high linear load while keeping the specific pressure low.

Since the first installations, it was possible to highlight advantages in terms of sheet drying compared to traditional cylinder presses, guaranteeing excellent results in terms of increased production and energy savings. The interest aroused by this innovation has led to the application of the concept also in the production of graphic papers, but we had to wait until 2003 to have a shoe press specifically designed for applications where paper bulk was a priority.

It was in that year that PMT, a company part of the A.Celli Group since 2020, patented the SMARNIP® mini shoe press. Let's see the characteristics of this solution in detail.

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Why PMT developed the SMARNIP® mini shoe press

The experience deriving from applications in production lines of graphic papers and papers with specific bulk needs has led to the conclusion that, for these products, the "standard" load exerted by a conventional shoe press (about 1,000 kN/m) is excessive.

Furthermore, even the size of this shoe press itself is disproportionate to the real needs, for which a smaller and more manageable solution is sufficient also from the point of view of the overall dimensions.

The installation of a conventional shoe press also requires significant interventions on the paper machine and, often, on its surroundings, such as the strengthening of the overhead crane and the reinforcement of civil structures, with an increase in installation costs and a reduction of the profitability of the investment.

To overcome these limitations and find an appropriate balance between the desired degree of dryness and the qualitative properties of the paper, we have developed and patented the SMARNIP® mini shoe press.

The characteristics of the SMARNIP®

The SMARNIP® is a relatively compact and light solution, with diameter from 700 mm to 1000 mm, shoe width from 70 mm to 125 mm and overall dimensions similar to a variable-crown roll.

Our mini shoe press is capable of exerting a linear load from 100 to 700 kN/m and has the same characteristics as a conventional shoe press, i.e. a pivoting concave shoe loaded by two rows of transverse pistons and a commercial polyurethane sleeve.

The aforementioned loading system gives the SMARNIP® an operational flexibility such as to guarantee an optimal ratio between dryness and bulk. Furthermore, the distribution of the hydraulic pressure applied to the pistons can be easily set while the machine is running to facilitate optimization even in the event of frequent production changes.

SMARNIP® advantages

The numerous references and the positive experiences accumulated have shown that our SMARNIP® mini shoe press is able to increase dryness up to 2% more than a roll press with the same bulk (this result can obviously vary based on the composition of the mixture of the specific case).

Considering the advantages obtained also in relation to the small dimensions of our solution, it is often interesting to consider the installation of two SMARNIP® in the same press section. This possibility opens the way to a completely new approach in evaluating the possible investments to be made in the press section itself.

The installation of the SMARNIP® is particularly recommended for paper machines of limited width and, in general, for the production of all types of paper in which a high bulk is sought

Among the many advantages we can mention:

  • Increase in production, thanks to an increase in the degree of dryness and a consequent reduction in the evaporation load on the dryer
  • Greater efficiency of the paper machine, as it is possible to obtain a drier, more resistant sheet
  • Greater bulk
  • Better control of paper smoothness, both in absolute terms and relative terms (between the two sides of the paper)
  • Easy installation, thanks to the limited dimensions
  • Less interventions on the building due to the reduced weight of our mini shoe press
  • Interchangeability with conventional cylinder, unlike a traditional shoe press which has a greater distance between bearings than roll presses

Ultimately, the SMARNIP® embodies all the advantages of the shoe press while preserving the simplicity and compactness of traditional presses.

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Sonoco continues its investment plan to strengthen uncoated recycled paperboard mill system in U.S. and Canada.

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, recently announced a significant investment to strengthen its Uncoated Recycled Paperboard (URB) mill system in the U.S., transforming its Hartsville, S.C., corrugated medium machine into a state-of-the-art URB machine.

As part of their investment, Sonoco chose A.Celli Paper for the supply of two new E-WIND® P100 paper rewinders and an R-WAY® automated material handling and packaging system

E-WIND® P100/P100H paper rewinders can be supplied at widths up to 8.4 m (330”), design speeds up to 2600 mpm (8500 fpm) and for basis weights up to 700 gsm (150 lbs/sq ft). 

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The comprehensive A.Celli R-WAY® integrated solution will provide extreme flexibility and productivity both in the handling and packaging of multiple products and in the style of packaging. 

A.Celli’s fully automated AGV (automatic guided vehicle) system will allow for significantly reduced labor, increased workplace safety and reduced damage to both products and mill site structures. In particular, a fleet of four vehicles will automatically manage the transport of the parent rolls from the paper machine to the rewinders, as well as the handling of finished reels to the warehouse.

"We are eager to see the results of this partnership. We are confident in the superior quality of the technological solutions offered by A.Celli in the field of winding, reel handling and packaging,” said Tim Davis, vice president and general manager of Sonoco

SONOCO PRODUCTS COMPANY – COMPANY PROFILE

Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of consumer, industrial, healthcare and protective packaging. With annual net sales of approximately $5.2 billion, the Company has 19,000 employees working in approximately 300 plants in 34 countries, serving some of the world’s best-known brands in some 85 nations. The Company was listed as one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 as well as being included in Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the third year in a row.

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The Indonesian paper mill and manufacturing company chooses A.Celli for the end line of their new packaging paper production line to be installed in the Mojokerto paper mill.

PT Mega Surya Eratama and A.Celli signed a contract for the supply of full-optional end line solutions for the packaging paper production line located in Mojokerto, Indonesia.

The PM2 line in object will produce an average of 1,360 tonnes per day of testliner and medium corrugated with a width of 6,700 mm and basis weight ranging from 90 to 180 gsm, thus making it the most advanced and productive line in the country for this type of products.

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A.Celli supply will include a PMT-designed pope reel, capable of processing rolls with a diameter equal to 4400 mm at a design speed of 1350 m/min, and our acclaimed E-WIND® P100 in the full-optional configuration.

Specifically, the paper rewinder, which will process reels at a design speed of 2600 m/min, will be equipped with an in-line unwinder and four in-line reel parking stations, an automatic spool parking, a web-in Slittomatic system for the automatic positioning of the slitting units and, finally, tail and core gluing systems.

The considerable diameter and width of the Jumbo rolls to be processed make this production line, whose start-up is scheduled for 2023, a unique project of which A.Celli is proud to be part.

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