Automatic Guided Vehicle Manufacturers and Companies

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  • Transbotics Corporation Leading the Industry in Automatic Guided Vehicles

    Automatic Guided Vehicles From their humble beginning as few Swedish engineers to the highly successful AGV Controls Company it is today, Transbotics Corporation continues as a leader in Automatic Guided Vehicles and Carts. We specialize in the design, installation, and support of AGVs and AGCs including custom engineered vehicles made from reliable, proven material handling solutions for production and warehouse equipment. Read More......

  • Human Error: The Source of Many Hazards

    Robots and automatically guided vehicles are normally predictable machines, programmed to perform repetitive tasks. Humans, on the other hand, are sporadic and impulsive. Couple these two variables together and there is a potential risk for injury. This is why the most common source of hazard in the industrial setting, where robots are involved, is human error. Much of the time when injuries occur they happen during programming and maintenance. The biggest problem in robot and automatic guided vehicle related injury is over familiarity with the machine. Cases studies conducted in...

  • Automatic Guided Vehicle Innovations and 3D User Interfaces

    Efficiency is key to making any automatic guided vehicle system a worthwhile investment. Many turn to these innovated material handling devices to increase workflow while reducing physical labor costs as well as improving the safety conditions of their work zones. The software which controls these automatic robots needs to be flexible enough to adapt to changes but reliable enough to perform the repetitive actions without failure. Although AGV systems are typically a costly investment the advantages save an extensive amount of time and money in the long run. Newer 3D...

  • Automatic Guided Vehicles in the Healthcare Industry

    Automatically guided vehicles have dramatically increased the efficiency of the material handling industry as well as many manufacturing processes. Lately, automatic guided vehicle companies have been spreading to new markets. One such market is the medical industrial, more specifically hospitals. AGVs have been becoming increasing popular in the healthcare industry due to the AGVs efficiency in completing repetitive tasks. I've never been in a hospital where automatically guided vehicles bring patients food and linens, but then again, I've never been in that many hospitals (knock on wood). There are two...

  • Seegrid Secures $25M in Additional Financing

    PITTSBURGH, PA–Seegrid, the pioneer and leader in vision-based autonomous industrial vehicles, announced today that the company has raised approximately $12M of equity capital from Giant Eagle, its majority shareholder, and several other existing and new investors, and has a commitment for an additional $13M from Giant Eagle. “Seegrid is poised to repeat its 100-percent revenue growth from last year,” said Jim Rock, Seegrid’s CEO. “Seegrid continues to expand its customer base, which currently includes leading global companies such as Whirlpool, Daimler, and Jaguar Land Rover. Our customers use Seegrid’s driverless...

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Automatic Guided Vehicles

Automatic guided vehicles are programmable robot vehicles that go by a variety of names, including AGVs, autonomous guided vehicles, guided vehicles, automated guided vehicles, self guided vehicles and self propelled vehicles. All of these computer-operated vehicles perform some variation of the same basic tasks, which are to handle and transport heavy material. Automatic guided vehicles are able to independently perform those movement tasks that would normally require heavy manual labor and/or continuous human supervision.

Many companies have come to rely on automatic guided vehicles to maintain smooth operations within the walls of their warehouses and facilities. In fact, because they facilitate so superior of processes, AGVs have come to largely replace more traditional material handling equipment like manual push carts, conveyor systems and forklift trucks. Cutting down on the time consumption that comes along with human error, distraction and fatigue, mandatory work breaks and possible injury, and replacing it with fast, around-the-clock work and high volumes of repetitive, error-free movements, AGV systems increase the productivity level of a facility tenfold. Also, on top of the aforementioned efficient movement and processes, automatic guided vehicles’ potential to increase efficiency grows again when one adds in their ability to be changed as needed and customized for specific needs. The follow of the flexibility that they provide to a facility cannot be understated.

The family of automatic guided vehicles is large. In addition to the names mentioned above, other types of AGVs include: automated guided carts, forked AGVs, tuggers, transfer cars, towing vehicles and material handling robots. Different AGVs have different capabilities and strengths and weaknesses. Automated guided carts, for example, can move the transport the most difficult loads with ease. They work well with large loads like aircraft parts. Towing vehicles, which are simpler in design, can also perform heavy pallet load transportation. However, they cannot assist in small product assembly. That type of work is reserved for material handling robots, which can be programmed to perform complex tasks. Guided vehicles, completely without need of human intervention, provide highly repetitive and reliable actions to the benefit of processes like tooling change, trailer loading and finished product handling.

Industries that benefit from the services of automated guided vehicles include: food and beverage processing, material and goods packaging, aerospace, plastics and metals, automotive, general manufacturing and mail and newspaper assembly. Manufacturers have the choice of choosing from the two main basic guidance systems for AGVs: fixed path guidance systems and free range systems. Fixed path guidance systems are the older of the two. They involve created a fixed path, mapped onto the ground for a vehicle to follow using embedded wire, colored paint or magnetic tape. While this system is generally reliable, it can prove to be somewhat inflexible and ill-suited to certain spaces. Instead of settling for a limited path, many manufacturers opt for free range guidance systems. Free range systems use computer software and inbuilt navigation to direct a vehicle around a building. Inbuilt navigation allows the vehicle to receive and process data concerning potential obstacles and/or traffic, and redirect itself accordingly. This cuts down significantly on factory floor collisions, leading to improved safety and work flow and even higher levels of efficiency.

Though computerized systems operate well on their own, they still require a traffic operator to oversee their movements, maintain control over them and make sure that neither a malfunction nor a breakdown occurs. Supervision is especially important in facilities and warehouses where several automatic guided vehicles are in use. To increase the fit of AGVs within a facility, engineers may add components to them that make them more closely fit certain specifications or requirements. They, for example, range widely in terms of size and load capacity. Some AGVs are built as light load vehicles for applications like parts assembly, electronic fabrication and light load transportation. On the other end of the spectrum, some AGVs are quite large and capable of moving heavy, several-ton pallet loads. Also, if the application calls for it, an AGV may be equipped with a bumper that will shield its body in the case of a collision. Or, it may have an infrared detection sensor to help it be more aware of its surroundings. Depending the application, automatic guided vehicles are generally either powered by an electric motor or industrial strength batteries.

For savings on labor costs, process time and worker fatigue, invest in automatic guided vehicles; for leaps in productivity, efficiency, work flow and profits, invest in automatic guided vehicles. If you’re not sure which vehicle system and/or guidance system is best for your application, call an AGV specialist. They will be more than willing to steer you in the right direction.

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