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Automated Guided Vehicle Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory is a top industrial directory listing of leading industrial automated guided vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. Access our comprehensive index to review and source automated guided vehicle manufacturers with preview ads and detailed product descriptions. These automated guided vehicle companies can design, engineer and manufacture automated guided vehicles to your specifications and application need. A quick and easy to use request for quote form is provided for you to contact these automated guided vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. Each company has detailed profile information, locations, phone number, website links, product videos and product information defined. Read customer reviews and product specific news articles. We are the right resource for your information requirement whether its for a manufacturer of automated guided vehicle systems, automated car systems, automated carts.

  • Walker, MI

    We invented the AGV in 1954 and offer the most affordable & versatile AGV capabilities. Our AGVs automatically transport pallets, racks, bins, totes, rolls, boxes, racks, etc. in all types of manufacturing and warehouse facilities. Our tape/target/structure-free, ‘virtual path’ navigation requires no floor path maintenance and does not use/require line-of-sight to often blocked building wall references. We are an ISO 9001-certified, US company. Contact us for concepting & budgeting assistance.

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  • Charlotte, NC

    America in Motion was founded in 2007 with a mission to bring customized automated vehicle designs and solutions to the masses. Serving customers in the fibers, paper, automotive, food, consumer products, heavy equipment, and general manufacturing. Our team specializes in fully customizable AGVs but also offers the option to build an automated vehicle by using a simplified modular approach (also known as eBOT).

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  • Hanover, MD

    With over 1700 mobile robotics deployed worldwide and with over 30 million miles accumulated, Oceaneering Mobile Robotics (OMR) delivers best-in-class solutions with the lowest total cost without sacrificing performance. For over 30 years, OMR has been a trusted partner of exclusive brands in the automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, and (intra-) logistics industries.

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  • New Baltimore, MI

    Invio Automation is a leading comprehensive AGV, AMR, and robotics integrator with 10 engineering and support sites throughout North America. We specialize in heavyweight and assembly line applications.

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  • Plymouth, MI

    For over 30 years, companies have turned to RedViking for ways to increase throughput and minimize infrastructure. We are a leading AGV manufacturer, and our AGVs are efficient and user-friendly. Our AGV solutions are cleaner, more sustainable, and require less infrastructure than traditional conveyance methods. We can provide full custom design tooling for your AGV so it meets every requirement of your production process. Choose RedViking for innovative solutions!

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  • Telford, PA

    Barcoding’s Fred is a simple, durable, and effective AGV that is easy to install, operate and maintain. Our specialty is automating processes that move goods from Point A to Point B. Our AGVs are designed to limit opportunities for downtime and expected to deliver a payback in less than 12 months. Fred’s technology is not intimidating, and results are tangible. Please contact us to discuss your needs and schedule a demo.

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  • Dimondale, MI

    IDC Corporation produces a line of Automated Guided Carts (AGCs) for various industrial applications, including standard product line carts and custom-designed systems tailored to specific customer needs. The various models are built on a common control architecture that support various mechanical configurations, and support operations ranging from simple delivery loops to sophisticated multi-destination routes with “Dispatch” bits that allow the units to dynamically navigate at run-time based on simple user destination selections.

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  • Chesterfield, MO

    Align specializes in heavy-duty, highly customized AGVs with capacities reaching over 1,000,000 lbs. Engineers work with you to develop a custom system that fits your unique application and facility needs. Align has been working with Fortune 500 companies since 1967 to make manufacturing inefficiencies a thing of the past and propel them into the future with AGV technology.

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Automated Guided Vehicles Industry Information

Automated Guided Vehicles

Automated guided vehicles, also known as automatic guided vehicles or AGVs, are computer operated, self-powered transportation machines used for applications within the material handling and moving industry. Though they were originally designed to serve only industrial market transportation and lifting, their use is now more widespread. Fields within which they are now used also include: general manufacturing, food and beverage processing, automotive, aerospace, packaging, greenhouse/industrial horticulture, metals and plastics and mail and newspaper.

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Types of Automated Guided Vehicles

There are a lot of vehicles within the automated guided vehicle family, and their design, size and capabilities vary widely based on their intended applications. Different automated guided vehicles are capable of one, some or, potentially, all of the following movements: material sorting, transportation, stowing, delivery or assembly. For instance, simple towing vehicles can perform heavy pallet load transportation, but they cannot do the job of complex material handling robots. Material handling robots can, among other things, be programmed to assist in small product assembly. Or, look at another example, guided vehicles. Guided vehicles are completely independent of human direction and control. They allow for improved operation flow and output in both light and heavy manufacturing processes like finished product handling, tooling change and trailer loading, by providing highly repetitive and reliable actions. Autonomous guided vehicles, which can carry heavy loads over long distances for sustained periods of time without tiring, are becoming increasingly popular around the globe; they are becoming common alternatives to more traditional movement tools like forklifts, manually powered push-pull carts and conventional conveyor systems. Similarly, automated guided carts and larger AGVs can move cumbersome loads from Point A to Point B with relative ease. In fact, they are capable of transporting multi-ton loads that include equipment and materials like large metal coils or aircraft engines. Other models of the automated guided vehicle include tuggers, forked AGVs and transfer cars.

In addition, there are a number of ways in which an automated guided vehicle may be specialized or made more precise for the sake of its application. For one, a vehicle may be outfitted with an infrared detection sensor, which helps it be more aware of its surroundings. Or, it may have a bumper added on to its body in order to shield it in case of an accident. Usually, automated guided vehicles run on industrial batteries, but they may also run on an electric motor or another form of power; power requirements change based on an application.

AGV Guidance Systems

Automated guided vehicle systems either operate with fixed guidance systems or free range systems.

Fixed Guidance
Makes use of magnetic tape, colored paint or embedded wire to guide vehicles that respond to antennae, signal emissions and frequencies on simple paths. Fixed guidance systems are reliable and they work well, but they are inflexible and limit the capabilities of their AGVs and they simply may not be well suited to some environments and applications.
Free Range Guidance
Fortunately, most automated guided vehicles are not limited by fixed guidance systems. Instead, most contemporary AGV systems are free range. Free range systems are computer-controlled, with onboard microprocessors and supervisory control systems. They are frequently coupled with laser guided vehicles that can follow computerized movement and direction instructions. Also, free range AGVs offer smoother, safer and more flexible operations than fixed guidance AGVs, because they have internal navigation systems that are able to sense obstructions or traffic and redirect the vehicles accordingly.

Traffic Operating Systems

In a large space or facility in which multiple automated guided vehicles are used, a traffic operating system and controller are a must. Traffic operating systems generally come equipped with a central logging and report center, locator panels and CRT display. Together, this technology helps staff monitor and track the movement and location of in-house vehicles. This way, they can keep an eye on operations, avoid collisions, keep traffic running smoothly and gauge their system’s efficiency.

Things to Consider When Choosing AGV

The choice to use AGV systems in a manufacturing facility or in any other material handling and moving capacity is an excellent decision. While the initial costs of an automated guided vehicle system can be daunting, the investment will almost certainly offer a fast return. AGV systems lower labor costs while increasing the overall efficiency of any application. This is especially true for large-scale operations. Vehicles are able to perform traditionally labor-intensive tasks more quickly and carry greater loads than their human counterparts. In this way, they cut down on an immense amount of time spent in operations, as well as reduce the possibility of human error or injury. It is true that an AGV system has the potential to malfunction or break down, causing halts, delays and other issues. However, like its initial costs, the overall benefits offered by an AGV system far outweigh the cost of any hypothetical hiccups.



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Fred AGV: An Uplifting Tale of Productivity

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Seegrid Gives Early Access to Its New Autonomous Lift Truck

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Seegrid Closes $52 Million in Growth Equity Financing

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Transbotics Expands Its AGV Product Offerings with Rocla Vehicles

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JBT Corporation Acquires Leading Food Preservation Equipment Provider

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