What are they, and how are they used?
Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are self-guided vehicles that are programmed to transport materials and products throughout a facility or warehouse. These vehicles have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their ability to improve efficiency and safety in the workplace. In this article, we will explore how Automated Guided Vehicles are used and the benefits they offer.
AGVs are used in a variety of applications, including manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. In manufacturing, AGVs are used to transport raw materials, work-in-progress (WIP), and finished goods between workstations. They can also be used to transport heavy loads, such as machine tools or vehicle frames over long distances.
You’ve probably seen AGVs used in the automotive industry where the robots carry the car chassis throughout the assembly line from beginning to end, keeping the line flowing and production costs low. Large logistics companies use AGVs to transfer their products from storage to shipping, maximizing their overall operating efficiency.
One key benefit is that AGVs can operate 24/7 using opportunity charging – where the AGVs are aware of their battery status and charge when necessary to keep operations smooth. Induction charging pads are often installed at key workstations to ensure constant operation.
All industries can benefit from the use of AGVs, including but not limited to: aerospace, agriculture, automotive, energy, heath care production, steel manipulation, injection mold die changing, and future industries yet to be discovered.
Hedin USA specializes in heavy-duty AGVs, ranging in capacities from a few thousand pounds up to over a million pounds. The future is automated, and we’re here to help you get there.