Move products easily and quickly with AGV
Automated Guided Vehicles are used to consistently and predictably transport loads of material to places that might otherwise be serviced by fork lift trucks, conveyors, or manual cart transport. They are typically used where high volumes of repetitive movements of material is required, but where little or no human decision making skill is required to perform the movement. They are especially useful in serving processes where change is constant, and barriers - such as conveyors - are undesirable.
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Featured AGV Technologies
Vision Guided Vehicle (VGV)
Wire, RFID & Tape Guided AGV
Increasing popularity of AGVs is based on the unequivocal adaptability of the technology by removing any hassle of adjusting physical barriers. Using such an autonomous system provides benefits of vehicles that make routing decisions based on real-time feedback of environment conditions along with the ease of navigational adjustments.
AGVs are programmed by CAD-based software that routes available paths and also indicates locations that vehicles are to pick or deposit a load. AGVs are often guided by humans on their initial tour through a facility before their paths can be guided and updated by the CAD system. Traffic controllers are then responsible for load movement requests and task assignments to each of the vehicles. Finally, AGVs are left to determine best possible routes for efficient movement of loads.
Installing an AGV:
- Easy and fast installation – Aside from making sure the path is defined in the CAD programs used to manage the process, and placing the charging receptacles in convenient locations, Bastian Solutions offers AGVs which need no additional wiring.
Powering an AGV:
- When using a high-efficiency, permanent batteries – no routine battery changing is required. While there are some recommended charging maintenance procedures to insure a ten-year operating life on batteries is achieved, most are automatically performed by the system during non-work periods. This ultimately means no battery changing, no special operators for changing or charging batteries, no degassing facility and no need to handle hazardous fuel for disposal.
- AGVs often employ automatic opportunity battery charging stations throughout the path so vehicles need not be removed from service. Each time the vehicle interfaces a drop off position, opportunity charge connectors can be used to “give the vehicle a drink” before it moves to the next task. In some cases, a special area is setup for the vehicles to use when parking that can also serve as charging positions. In most cases, a 2 minute charge will provide 20-30 minutes of capacity.
- Easy support and service – through the use of an onboard smart controller. This controller continuously updates and records the vehicle’s operational status thus displaying the probably cause of any issue that might occur. The Maintenance Operating Systems offered by Bastian Solutions also assist with the automated tracking of usage, and the scheduling of PM service routines per the manufacturer’s recommendations – relieving the shop staff of the need to monitor and schedule these procedures.
- Through the use of ultrasonic sensors in addition to acoustic and visual indicators, emergency stop buttons, contact bumpers surrounding the perimeter of the vehicle thus providing optimum safety in your environment.
- Two stage obstacle sensors – indicates to the AGV to slow-down (stage1) or stop (stage2)
- Visual operating indicators – displays the direction of vehicle travel
- Emergency stop buttons on all four sides of the AGV for safety
- Return on Investment – These vehicles are routinely applied in 24/7 operations. Rising popularity of these vehicles is supported by a superior return on investment over more conventional – manual alternatives.
Popular Industries for AGV
AGVs are a smart and popular solution for most industries. Here are just a few industries benefiting from AGV technology:
- Books and Library Systems
- Food and Beverage
- Household Items
- Mail Order Fulfillment
- Office and Computer Equipment
- Pharmaceuticals and Health Care
- Refrigerator and Freezer Applications
- Sporting Goods
- Warehouse & Storage Facilities
- Cross Docking
- High Density Storage
- High Speed Sortation
- Material Flow and Transport
- Production and Manufacturing Delivery Systems
- Production and Manufacturing Support Systems
- Warehouse Management and Control
- Work-In-Process Buffers
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