ek robotics Launches New Transport Platform for the Healthcare Industry

ek robotics Launches New Transport Platform for the Healthcare Industry

ek robotics GmbH (Germany) - Press Release: With the MEDI MOVE series, the world's leading manufacturer of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) is expanding its product portfolio for international HealthCare. The new transport robot is designed for high transport performance in 24-hour operation and meets the highest transport requirements in hospital operations.

With its customized design and high performance, the MEDI MOVE has been designed for automated transport systems (ATS) in hospitals. Here, the AGVs navigates through underground route networks as well as over several floors to deliver to hospital wards, sterile departments and nursing areas. Precise deliveries of meals and medications, as well as the transport of laundry and waste to disposal stations, will be among the main activities of 51 MEDI MOVE transport robots in one of Germany's leading hospitals in the future. For ek robotics, the automation of internal hospital logistics is part of the core competence of the comprehensive solution portfolio. Numerous international hospitals are equipped with automated guided vehicles (AGVs) from ek robotics, which have already been providing optimization of internal goods transport for several decades. "The MEDI MOVE is a result of ek robotics' extensive expertise in the health care sector. With the transport robot, we are not only expanding our comprehensive product portfolio, but also offering our global customers an optimal transport platform for complex requirements with the highest hygiene standards, 24/7, 365 days a year," reports Ronald Kretschmer, CSO at ek robotics.

Intelligent engineering design simplifies maintenance work:

In order to make maintenance work as easy as possible, the design of the MEDI MOVE from ek robotics was rethought from the ground up. The AGV is made of stainless steel, is equipped as a transport platform with a lifting table for load pick-up and drop-off. In a current project of a renowned clinic in Germany, the MEDI MOVE fleet, consisting of 51 vehicles, handles more than 2,000 fully automated transports. With a maximum total load of 500 kg, all goods for daily hospital needs will soon be transported efficiently. The MEDI MOVE has a self-supporting stainless steel chassis and lifts the loading equipment by a maximum of 170 mm with two electrically operated screw jack units.

Before moving, the load is lifted to such an extent that the areas of the personal protection laser scanners are clear and a 360-degree all-round view ensures maximum safety during operation. A special feature: the precise synchronization of both lift motors is handled by an integrated calibration unit, which enables accurate lifting and lowering to within tenths of a millimeter. Thanks to its unique symmetrical 6-wheel configuration, the MEDI MOVE is able to rotate around its own center point and requires very little maneuvering space. With a length of 1900x600 mm and a dead weight of 400 kg, it is suitable for a floor change via the most common freight elevators. At the same time, the MEDI MOVE is exceptionally powerful, achieving travel speeds of up to 1.7 m/s for high overall performance even at maximum total load.


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With the MEDI MOVE model series, ek robotics is expanding its
product portfolio for the international healthcare industry. The new AGV was presented for the first time at LogiMAT 2023.

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For maximum safety during operation, the loading equipment is lifted above the areas of the personal protection laser scanners before moving so that a full 360-degree panoramic view is ensured.

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The new MEDI MOVE AGV is equipped with a stainless steel chassis and lifts loads of up to 500 kg by max. 170 mm with two electrically operated spindle lifting units.


About ek robotics:

ek robotics is the world's leading manufacturer and system integrator of innovative high-tech transport robotics for production and warehouse logistics. At six locations worldwide (Rosengarten, Germany, headquarters), Reutlingen (Germany), Milan (Italy), Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary) and Buckingham (Great Britain), the transport robotics specialist implements intelligent, networked and flexible transport solutions for the fully automated, in-plant material flow of its global customers with over 300 employees. With 60 years of experience in design, development, manufacturing, integration, turnkey delivery and service over the entire life cycle of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), ek robotics is among the technical elite in this fast-growing future industry.

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