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ATS SuperTrak™ Conveyor FAQ

FAQs for the ATS SuperTrak conveyor about pallet carriers, controls, mechanical, electrical, environment, and performance.

1. Pallet Carriers

1.1 Is it possible for an individual pallet to have multiple acceleration rates and maximum velocity values during a one complete cycle around an ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor system?
1.2 Are various pallet carrier widths available?  
1.3 How do we avoid interference/collision issues with large or extra wide tooling plates?  
1.4 Is there a minimum distance between adjacent stop locations where pallets must be worked on simultaneously? 

 

2. ATS SuperTrak Controls

2.1 What communication protocols are supported between the PLC and the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor system?  
2.2 Can I interface with the ATS SuperTrak™ system using only Discrete I/O? 
2.3 What Operating systems with the ATS TrackMaster run on?

 

3. Mechanical

3.1 Is the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor pre-mounted on a machine base?  
3.2 Are 3D models available for customer designers to use? What format are these files in? 
3.3 Can ATS provide precision tooling mounts on the pallet carriers? 

 

4. Electrical

4.1 What is the typical power consumption that the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor requires to move the pallets through the system? 
4.2 What is the power consumption of the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor controls?
4.3 What voltage does the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor run on? 

 

5. Environment

5.1 Does ATS offer a Class 100 compatible assembly? 
5.2 Do you recommend shielding the track to prevent contamination and foreign objects falling on the tracks/magnets? 
5.3 Which are the environments that an ATS SuperTrak™ system is suited for? 

 

6. Performance

6.1 What reliability data can ATS supply for the ATS SuperTrak™ system? 
6.2 How long has the system been in the industry? 
6.3 What is the preventative maintenance schedule for the ATS SuperTrak™ system?

 

1. Pallet Carriers 

1.1 Is it possible for an individual pallet to have multiple acceleration rates and maximum velocity values during a one complete cycle around an ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor system?

Yes. The pallet acceleration and velocity is programmable and can be set as the pallet is released from any stop location.  

1.2 Are various pallet carrier widths available?

The Standard pallet carrier width is 150mm and allows the custom tooling plate (shelf) to be mounted that ranges from 150mm up to 500mm.

1.3 How do we avoid interference/collision issues with large or extra wide tooling plates?

The tooling plate (or shelf) width is configurable through ATS TrackMaster software. The user can modify the carrier width, within ATS TrackMaster configuration software or at run-time through the standard PLC interface. This latter method is useful in cases where the part grows and extends past the tooling plate edge as the part is assembled.

1.4 Is there a minimum distance between adjacent stop locations where pallets must be worked on simultaneously?

The distance between pallets is determined by two parameters entered into the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor.
The Pallet Length – The Pallet Length – This is the length of the pallet shelf (minimum 150mm and maximum 500mm).
The Pallet Gap – The Pallet Gap – This is the distance between pallets that the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor automatically maintains to ensure that the pallets do not touch (collision avoidance).

The distance that the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor will always maintain between pallets is the Pallet Length + the Pallet Gap. Therefore, the closest distance that 2 parallel or concurrently working locations can be to one another must be equal or greater than the Pallet Length + the Pallet Gap.
 

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2. SuperTrak Controls

2.1 What communication protocols are supported between the PLC and the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor system?

Ethernet/IP, PROFINET as well as discrete I/O are available communication protocols. However, other protocols are possible and ATS would be interested in understanding your requirements.

2.2 Can I interface with the ATS SuperTrak™ system using only Discrete I/O?

Having a simple I/O interface to the machines around the ATS SuperTrak™ system is possible for simple operations. Advanced motion options are still available through pre-configured motion configurations that can be triggered via I/O.

2.3 What Operating systems with the ATS TrackMaster run on?

The ATS TrackMaster will run on all Windows® operating systems XP or newer.

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3. Mechanical

3.1 Is the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor pre-mounted on a machine base?

Yes, the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor comes fully assembled, tested and run-in on a sturdy machine base from which users can further mount tooling or other machine frames. The provided solution truly provides a plug and play solution that can literally be running on your shop floor the same day it arrives at your facility.

3.2 Are 3D models available for customer designers to use? What format are these files in?

ATS models are in SolidWorks™. These models can be exported to other formats as required.

3.3 Can ATS provide precision tooling mounts on the pallet carriers?

Yes, an ATS pallet carrier provides a precision/standard dowel as well as a keyed slot for mounting tooling to the pallet.

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4. Electrical

4.1 What is the typical power consumption that the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor requires to move the pallets through the system?

The power consumption is approximately 165 Watts/pallet plus 25 Watts/section of track.

4.2 What is the power consumption of the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor controls?

Each track section requires 300 mA from the control power supply.

4.3 What voltage does the ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor run on?

The linear motors run at 28VDC and the controls run at 24VDC.

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5. Environment

5.1 Does ATS offer a Class 100 compatible assembly?

ATS has verified that the ATS SuperTrak™ system complies with the requirements of clean rooms Class 1,000 (ISO-6). Informal studies at ATS have shown that it is possible to meet the requirements of a Clean Room Class 100 by following some specific design guidelines.

5.2 Do you recommend shielding the track to prevent contamination and foreign objects falling on the tracks/magnets?

Generally, this is not required.

5.3 Which are the environments that an ATS SuperTrak™ system is suited for?

ATS SuperTrak™ systems are suitable for various environment including, but not limited to:
• Clean room (up to 1000)
• Uncontrolled environments
• Coolant in the air
• Oil in the air
• Dusty environments
• Open air non-conditioned
• Wet environments (not submersed)

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6. Performance

6.1 What reliability data can ATS supply for the ATS SuperTrak™ system?

ATS built a specific test cell for determining The ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF). The cell ran for over 16000 hours with no failures and no visible wear.

An actual parameter is the reliability of existing systems installed all over the world since 2002.

6.2 How long has the system been in the industry?

Development started in 1995, with the first proof concept shown at a trade show in 1998. Systems have been running in house since 1998. The first production system was installed in 2002.

6.3 What is the preventative maintenance schedule for the ATS SuperTrak™ system?

1. Inspect, clean, replace power supply filters as required.
2. Inspect pallet wheels monthly or as required.
3. Add a few drops of lubricant to each pallet's reservoir as required (perhaps bi-monthly).

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