The flexibility and easy integration of AGVs with a Fleet Control System, coupled with a minimally invasive installation, mobile robot systems can provide a rapid return on investment and become a substantial contributor to reduced operating expenses.
The mobile robot proliferation is an extension of lean manufacturing principles. Whether labor savings are from tugger application or with fork attachments, reliable navigation that requires no magnetic tape or RFID tags to guide its way safely through a facility, the growth the automonous environment is unstoppable.
Article spotlights how Ledvance (formerly Osram Sylvania), a worldwide leader in lighting manufacturing, reaped savings by reducing maintenance costs, product damage, and using labor more productively with AutoGuide’s Mobile Robots. The bottom line: A two-year ROI.
Changing gears, a company called AutoGuide featured a new “automomous” Mobile Robot that learns its own environment, greatly simplifying effort to teach it where to move, and interestingly also making the AGV a lot cheaper than other machines that require more hardware to manage the movement paths. Other vendors at the show were also using
AGV specialist AutoGuide last week introduced new guidance technology. Natural feature guidance uses laser scanners to determine the path of the vehicle. It allows for simpler installation and adjustments, while requiring less routing infrastructure than other technologies. With docking accuracy to within 5 mm, automatic load transfer operations can be handled with ease.
The ITM5K automatic guided vehicle industrial tugger with manual option by AutoGuide tows 10,000 pounds and includes an operator override function with safety mat sensor that allows for automatic, immediate manual operation as needed.
SCDigest Editor Dan Gilmore Editor and Materials Handling Editor Cliff Holste from the Conference Floor in Atlanta