3A Mouse & Mole AGVs


Three Mighty Mice

The 3A, 3AB, and 3A Short are a line of automated guided vehicles (AGV) that offer flexible, dependable, and cost-effective automation ideal for manufacturing and assembly line operations. Using magnetic navigation, these AGVs safely and reliably transport carts containing parts and products along their defined routes, freeing up labor for more valuable tasks and reducing product and facility damage.

Because of their low profiles and method of driving underneath carts to tow them around, we refer to the 3A and 3AB as mice and the shorter 3A Short as a mole. While the three vehicles are largely similar, their differences ensure the best solution for your unique needs. 


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How It Works

The 3A, 3AB, and 3A Short are low-profile tugger AGVs, also called automated guided carts or AGCs, that transport casterized carts along designated routes from one location to another, using magnetic tape or RFID tags to navigate. With category 3 safety-ratings, these driverless vehicles can safely navigate among pedestrian and forklift traffic without hitting obstacles.

The 3A, 3AB, and 3A Short's differences help determine which is the best option for your operations. 

The 3A mouse AGV offers forward-only motion. At 6 feet long, it requires a wide turn radius. Since it cannot drive backwards, changing directions requires turning to face the opposite direction. 

The 3AB mouse AGV is a bidirectional AGV that can move both forwards and backwards. At 6 feet long, it requires a wide turn radius. 

The 3A Short mole AGV is shorter in length than the 3A and 3AB, which is why we call it a "mole" instead of a "mouse". Its shorter length is ideal for towing shorter carts, where a longer AGV could create a tripping hazard. It offers forward-only motion, and the shorter length allows a tighter turn radius should it need to change directions.

Bastian Solutions’ integrated AVs (autonomous vehicles) utilize our proprietary middleware solution to seamlessly connect vehicles from various manufacturers to customers’ enterprise systems. With this pre-packaged software stack, users can orchestrate complex, multi-fleet AV systems, improving interoperability, productivity and adaptability to future operational needs.

3A Mole & Mouse AGCs


  • Round-the-clock dependable performance
  • Seamless addition to any assembly line
  • Reduces or eliminates damage to products, facility and equipment
  • Increases employee safety
  • High efficiency, productivity and reliability
  • Removes variables for increased consistency
  • Easy to operate
3A control panel


  • Speed: up to 40 m/min
  • Electrical System: 24-Volt
  • Guidance Method: Magnetic Induction
  • Drive Type: DC brushless motors with dedicated drivers
  • Steering Method: Differential (2 driving wheels)
  • Travel Instruction Method: Relative address with multiple routes on demand (Optional upgrade provides absolute address using an industrial PC with RFID)


  • Travel Direction: Forward only
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 4,400 lbs (2000 kg)
  • Drawbar (Maximum): 176 lbf (80 kgf)


  • Travel Direction: Forward & Reverse
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 3,300 lbs (1500 kg)
  • Drawbar (Maximum): 176 lbf (80 kgf)

3A Short

  • Travel Direction: Forward only
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 1,750 lbs (800 kg)
  • Drawbar (Maximum): 97 lbf


3A Mouse AGV

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