AUTOMATED GUIDED VEICLES ARE REVOLUTIONING LOGISTICS
Now well-known to the general public, they have served automated logistics systems for years, playing a leading role in warehouses and production lines. Thus, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), software-controlled and autonomous in movement, are load carriers that work without an operator or driver on board.
Their ability to perform missions, depends on software and guidance systems based on different technologies. Safety is ensured by the sensors installed on board and the precision in the management of controls during acceleration / deceleration.
Some typical applications of AGVs include:
- the transport of raw materials;
- work-in-progress and finished products serving production lines;
- storage/retrieval or other movements to support picking in warehouse and distribution applications.
Typically battery-powered, AGV systems consist of multiple vehicles navigating along predefined driving paths. The vehicles move within the facility using a variety of guiding technologies, including floor-installed magnetic belts or bars, lasers, optical sensors, and inertial guidance based on magnets/gyroscopes. These guidance technologies make it easy to change paths and expand the AGV system in response to changes in the structure, for a flexible and scalable materials handling solution.
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