Ward Systems: inventor of the "PowerPallet" - a patented track born vehicle. 

AGVs and Material Handling Systems

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PowerPallet Plus - When the object is to vertically store and retrieve materials plus deliver them to various locations in the facility, we have an all-in one vehicle that can bridge the gap and operate in both environments.  It's an AGV that can follow lines on the open floor but can also enter the storage rack and drive on track to access storage lanes.

Basically, this eliminates the need for forklifts to connect the vertically stored materials to the point of use on the floor.  It doesn't matter if it's a shipping dock, sorting location or assembly station.

Uses:  Distribution Centers, Order Fulfillment Centers, Manufacturing Facilities.

It doesn't matter if the payload is a tote, wooden GMA pallet or 20 foot shipping container; we can size the vehicle to store, retrieve and deliver it. 

In 2007 Ward Systems was a first implementer of Vehicle Based Storage and Retrieval Systems.  We strored 72 lay-up mandrels, for the leading edge slats on the 787, and delivered them to 6 lay-up stations in the bond room.  This began the implementation of VBSR.

VBSR - Vehicle Based Storage and Retrieval:  Vehicles that can drive freely in both X and Y directions within the levels of a storage system.

Our low profile AGVs can transport payloads into and out of a vertical storage system.  They improve storage density by allowing deep lane storage and removing the need for forklift sized isles in a pallet rack system.  We use elevators to access all the levels of the storage system.  

Being an AGV, we can deliver to a pier associated with the system, or exit the storage system at floor level to transport the payload directly to any location in the facility. 

Our AGVs can do 90 degree direction changes in place before moving.  This 4 way move capability eliminates lost floor space associated with sweeping turns.

Another unique capabiity of our vehicle is the ability to operate directly on assembly lines to transport the product through all the assembly stations and then devliver it to packout or storage.

We are able to craft a system that can meet each customer's unique requirements.  Besides meeting our own high quality internal standards, we meet Mil-Spec, UL, and CE standards.

To learn more about Ward Systems experiance and capabilities, see below or contact us.

Portfolios - Examples of our Work

Material Handling System Fabrication Services Capabilities

General Capabilities
  • Design
  • Fabrication / Assembly / Integration
  • Application Software
  • Installation
  • Debug / Optimize
Types of Systems
  • Conveyor
  • Automated Vehicles
  • Vehicle Based Storage & Retrieval
  • Turnkey Systems
Components
  • PowerPallet track born vehicles
  • Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV)
  • Robots
  • Elevators (VRC's)
  • Automated Doors
  • Belt Conveyors
  • Edge Conveyors
Engineering Services
  • Process Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Equipment Specification
Engineering Capabilities
  • Conceptual
  • Electrical
  • Hydraulics
  • Mechanical
  • Pneumatic
  • Programming
  • Software
Documentation
  • Manuals
  • Replacement Part Drawings
  • Technical Drawings
Additional Services Provided
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Technical Support
  • 1 Year Warranty (2-3 years available)
Production Volume
  • Prototype to Production
Typical Lead Time
  • 8 to 12 months

Additional Information

Industry Focus
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Packaging
  • Electronics
  • Nuclear
  • Food & Beverage
Intended Applications
  • Manual Assembly Lines
  • Automated Assembly Lines
  • Conveyance Methods
  • Storage and Retrieval Systems
Industry Standards
  • Mil-Spec
  • UL
  • CE
File Formats
  • SolidWorks
  • AutoCAD Inventor

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