AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE ''AGV''
Computer-controlled and wheel-based, automatic guided vehicles (AGV) are load carriers that travel along the floor of a facility without an onboard operator or driver. Their movement is directed automatically. Because they move on a predictable path with precisely controlled acceleration and deceleration, and include automatic obstacle detection bumpers, AGVs provide safe movement of loads.
Repetitive manual labor jobs can easily be replaced by AGVs that handle material, automatic guided carts and transfer carts.
Over time, these vehicles can significantly reduce labor costs.
AGV can work during day and night saving time and cost.
AGV can recharge automatically and continue work as nominal.
AGVs provide a variety of benefits:
- Accountability – Once a product is onboard an AGV, it is tracked so “lost” or misplaced product will be minimized
- Automatic line balancing – In a production environment with multiple operations conducted at varying times, AGVs can assist in line balancing
- Cost control – An AGV system’s costs are very predictable, while labor costs tend to increase and can change quickly depending on local economic conditions
- Facility maintenance – Collision avoidance capabilities prevent damage within the facility
- Flexibility – An AGV’s path can be changed as production and handling needs evolve
- Fewer restrictions – Free-roaming, AGVs eliminate access issues created by conveyors and require less space than conventional forklifts, allowing for narrower aisles
- Reduced operating costs – Charging and battery handling can be automatic with an AGV system and the controlled acceleration/deceleration minimizes wear on components
- Reduction in product damage – AGVs handle products gently, reducing scrap and waste
- Repeatability – AGVs perform repetitive movement tasks predictably and reliably
- Safety – AGVs always follow their guide path and stop if they encounter an obstruction, improving the safety of surrounding personnel
- Scheduling – Because of their reliability and on-time delivery, AGVs improve scheduling capabilities and the efficiency of operations
- Scalability – More AGVs can be added to expand capacity and throughput
AGVs provide automated material movement for a variety of industries including:
- Commercial printing
- Warehousing and distribution
- Port container transportation
- Oil and gas warehouses “Hazardous Materials Handling”
- In most fields you would like to save time and cost