AGVs can have many shapes and configurations depending on the load it is designed to transport. The vehicle type, load, and path are all used to determine the right drive type for the vehicle. Usually a vehicle has one or more Steer and Drive wheels with an appropriate number of supporting wheels. As an example, a vehicle can have one Steer Drive Wheel, and two supporting fixed wheels.
AGVs use a virtual reference point that affect the vehicle’s drive pattern and how the vehicle will be located on the start and stop point of a path. The system uses a global coordinate system for positioning components like reflectors, spots, etc. The vehicles reference point is also used together with the safety zone parameters to determine a vehicles safety. To read this article, click HERE.
There are a number of items that should be reviewed when deciding to purchase an automated guided vehicle system and Return-On-Investment (ROI) is one of those items. This section is intended to give you some guidance as you investigate implementing an automatic guided vehicle solution for your business. To read this article, click HERE.
An Automated Guided Vehicle solution is an extremely safe system, with reliable operation. The advanced safety features mean that there is no damage to the products, buildings, or machinery. In addition, employee safety on the work floor improves significantly. Our AGV solutions ensure a peaceful and healthier work environment, which results in less sick leave. To read this article, click HERE.
Preventative maintenance (PM) for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) ensures top-level performance and consistency on the production line. By following the suggested PM, you are able to prevent costly, unplanned downtime. Because AGVs are a driverless, computer-controlled vehicle that uses the highest degree of complex routing and guidance navigation, it is imperative to avert any issues with preventative maintenance. When AGV’s do not have regular preventative maintenance checks performed, it can cause parts and components to break down or malfunction, which slows or stops production. To read this article, click HERE.
Planning on installing an AGV system? Do you know what navigation type you want? Do you know the pros and cons of the navigation type? Not every location is conducive to any navigation type. Not every navigation type will support every application. To read this article, click HERE.
One of the first things to remember is that you are not buying an Automated Guided Vehicle, a product, but a system that includes programming, installation, etc., a solution. We mention this because a supplier may be a match for one buyer, but not another, and vice versa.
There are some questions that you may need to ask for your own internal qualifications, and some of those queries may be the same or similar to those we mention. To view some of the questions you should ask a potential supplier, please click HERE.
One of the things Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) suppliers get is “how much does an AGV cost?” The simple answer is $10,000 to $1 million or more. Obviously, this does not help the potential buyer. There are some standard vehicles that a supplier can give you a “vehicle” cost, but this should not be used as a total system cost, which includes batteries, chargers, installation, project management, etc. In order to get a more realistic number, the supplier would need more information. To read some of the information you may need to supply, or questions you may need to answer, click HERE.
Transbotics presented at MHI's Promat show on April 4, 2017. In our presentation we discussed the elements and system considerations, similar to the blog about what to ask the AGV supplier, but more in depth. You will learn about the different options available for AGVs and AGV systems. You will also have a better understanding of what is being sold to you.
Below is a link to the presentation we did at MHI's Promat Show on April 4, 2017. The seminar talks about elements and system considerations, similar to the blog about what to ask the Automated Guided Vehicle supplier, but more in depth. You will learn about the different options available for AGVs and AGV systems. You will also have a better understanding of what is being sold to you.
Seminar link: http://2017.promatshow.com/seminars/?id=1159