The Strategic Advantage of AGVs in Heavy Industries

Manufacturers dealing with heavy-weight products receive significant benefits from integrating automated guided vehicles (AGVs) into their facilities. 

Heavy industries such as aerospace, paper mills, metal manufacturing, smelting & refining, and building material manufacturers produce large and often extremely heavy industrial products. These manufacturers require heavy equipment and machinery and have complex production processes in order to keep up with demand. To meet this challenge heavy-duty automated guided vehicles have become a key factor in the efficient transport of their products.

Heavy-duty AGVs perform tasks involving high payloads, fragile material, and harsh environments. Using AGVs to assist with heavy-duty applications optimizes production methods, reduces product loss, and increases worker safety. Manufacturers use the benefits provided by heavy-duty AGVs to set themselves ahead of the competition.

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The Capabilities of Heavy Load AGVs Heavy Load AGV Capabilities

Scott engineers developed Transbotics Large capacity vehicles as the best solution for tasks involving high payloads. Vehicles come with customization options to meet the constraints of the materials handled. AGVs can also come equipped with lifting tables, roller conveyors, or particular load-handling load-handling devices such as clamps or pliers to accommodate various materials. The customization and flexibility of an AGV make them beneficial in a variety of heavy industrial applications, including:

Hot and Cold Coil Transportation:  

Steel and aluminium coils must be handled with care since as they are sensitive to damage and distortion. The design and programming of Transbotics heavy-duty AGV carriers are customized with product-specific constraints to transport coils efficiently without damage to the product or packaging. The durability of a heavy-load AGV can handle hot coils with surface temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Work Roll Transportation:  

Paper mills, converting mills, printers, and plastics manufacturers are examples of industries utilizing AGVs to transport large-scale material rolls. AGVs transport rolls regardless of process, temperature or weight. The vehicles can store rolls in racks, directly loaded into presses, or stacked in the warehouse. Roll-handling AGVs are capable of transporting different sizes and types of roll, making them versatile in production.  

Raw Material Transportation: 

High-capacity automated guided vehicles are built with the suspension to evenly distribute the weight of heavy raw materials such as iron ingots. All-wheel drive allows these vehicles to navigate smoothly, even with a massive payload. These AGVs can withstand harsh environments in heavy industries, preventing damage from water, oil, and dust particles. 

Additional Benefits from Heavy Load AGVs

The value offered by integrating AGVs for specific applications is more than just improving the bottom line. Some of the common benefits reported by heavy industry companies using AGVs are: 

  • Reduced product damage: -  With a design that carefully considers the product and handling process, AGVs use suspension, specific tooling, constraints, and path navigation to transport the product without risk of damage.  
  • Higher output & / shorter cycle times: - With an increase in supply, companies can put outproduce higher volumes in shorter time frames,  to exceeding customer expectations.
  • Assign workers to more valuable tasks-: As AGVs are integrated, simple jobs related to product transportation can be eliminated. Companies can then reassign workers to higher-value positions that require decision-making and human interaction. 
  • Improvements to workplace quality and safety:- A dramatic increase in plant operational safety. AGV’s safety and sensing systems ensure no damage to products, buildings, machinery, or workers. 

When a business upgrades its transportation process using AGVs, all areas of production can benefit. Companies report strategic advantages including improved customer experience, a more desirable workplace, and a competitive advantage edge. To find out more about the benefits of heavy-duty AGV applications and how they can be integrated into your business contact our AGV experts, Transbotics, online at [email protected]

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