AGV robots are automatic guided vehicles equipped with robotic limbs. AGV robots are more adept at picking up and moving items than regular AGVS, which are must less dexterous. In short, they combine the intuitiveness of a human and their ability to adjust to their surroundings, and combine them with the brute force of a lifting machine like a palletizer.
Typical AGV robot applications include: parts assembly, warehousing, pallet handling, material handling and product handling. AGV robots are useful in industries such as: automotive manufacturing, aerospace manufacturing, general manufacturing, agriculture, shipping and distribution, hospital, chemical, pharmaceutical, paper and pulp and food and beverage.
If designed to move around a facility, AGV robots often work using trackless navigation, meaning that they use sensors, lasers and software to figure out their surroundings and move accordingly. In contrast, regular AGVs run on fixed paths, such as those defined by embedded wires or magnetic tape. Manufacturers base the design of an AGV robot on its application. To make AGV robots even more useful, manufacturers offer a wide variety of customization options and include accessories like contact bumpers.
AGV robots offer their users many benefits. First, using AGV robots, manufacturers can save time and money. During auto parts assembly, for example, AGV robots can put together large parts much more efficiently than humans. They can even make tooling switches without assistance. Not only that, but they have no learning curve. Once programmed, they will perform their duties perfectly. Also, their programming tends to make them more precise and eliminates human error. Their operation also takes people out of harm’s way. For loading and unloading applications, AGV robots offer greater mobility and high strength. Plus, once again, they eliminate the need to people in high stress or high risk situations. Another advantage of AGV robots is the fact that they are easier to set up that regular AGVs, as they require fewer physical markers and guides. Finally, AGV robots are adaptable. If your application changes, you can simply change their programming in accordance with it.