The truth is, there is no short answer for this question. The cost of an AGV system can have a vast range directly dependent on how complex the system is. First however, let’s start with the basics. Read the 'How Much Does an AGV System Cost?' article for more detail or get in contact now.
Commonly seen in warehouses for materials handling purposes, these versatile material handlers are increasingly turning up in other industries, especially mining. Read more in our 'AGVs – The Cost Effective Materials Handling Solution' article.
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. Our 'ROI for Automated Guided Vehicle Systems' article is intended to give you some guidance as you investigate implementing an automatic guided vehicle solution for your business.
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. Download our helpful 'Calling for an AGV quote? What do I need to supply' guide for more information.
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, download our 'Purchasing an Automated Guided Vehicle? What to ask the Supplier' guide.
AGVs provide automated material transportation for a variety of industries. These vehicles can be modified with endless combinations to perfectly serve the challenges of any warehouse or manufacturing facility. Read 'The Best AGV Solutions by Industry' article for more information.
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. for more information read our 'AGV Safety' article.
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. For more information read 'AGV Navigation: Pros and Cons' article.
There are many different forms of Navigation/Guidance Technology available today. Selecting the correct technology for your process is sometimes the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful system. The buyer must acquire thorough knowledge of the usability of the system before making a decision. To learn more read our 'Types of AGV Navigation Technology' article.
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.
For more information and guidance read our article on 'AGV Drive Configurations by Type'.
There are many advantages to using quad directional drive, including flexibility, steering ability and traction. Quad drive is able to be used in areas with a small amount of room for mobility and can change direction at any time. Read 'Quad vs Single Steer AGVs' article now.
AGV system simulations can be extremely beneficial to both the client and the AGV manufacturer for several reasons. Because AGV systems can be very complex with a substantial investment, it is prudent to perform an analysis of its capability versus the benefits it provides. This can be a great way of determining if an AGV system is a good fit for your modern material handling operation. For more read our 'Benefits of using simulation to model AGV systems' article.
Preventative maintenance for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) ensures top-level performance and consistency on the production line. By following the suggested preventative maintenance, you are able to prevent costly, unplanned downtime. Because AGVs are a driver-less, 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.