Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV) are designed to perform their operations without direct human guidance. They are used in a wide variety of industrial applications and can be laser, inertially or Cartesian-guided. An automatic guided vehicle system, (or AGVS) consists of one or more computer-controlled wheel based load carriers (normally battery-powered) that runs on the plant floor (or if outdoors on a paved area) without the need for an onboard operator or driver. AGVs have defined...
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Q & A on Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV)

We asked our users for their input on Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV). Here are the results of 106 users familiar with Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV).

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing automatic guided vehicle design?
19 answers
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No AGV, design, brand or otherwise is any better than the wheels and/or tires that are designed, specified and supplied, both OEM and most importantly as aftermarket items.
~Tom D, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Oakville, ON, Canada
The ability to self guide. i.e. move around objects that block a straight line path.
~Peter Brock, Commercial Manager, Melbourne, Australia
Laser Target Navigation, Gyroscopic Navigation, Natural Features Navigation
~Engineering, Other, Pompano beach, FL
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative automatic guided vehicles?
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HK Systems (Dematic) with their interface to satellite storage carts.
~Michael L, Engineering Consultant, Sydney, Australia
Maybe Electric 80 from Italy and Murata from Japan.
~Khoa Nguyen, Engineering Consultant, HCM city, Vietnam
ASTI - Automatismos y Sistemas de transporte interno
~Ruben Martinez, Engineer, Burgos / Spain, Spain
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Applications and UseTop

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What are some of the applications you have used an automatic guided vehicle for?
25 answers
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We use several different configurations of AGV's but they all serve the same purpose in our plant. They are used as section of a conveyor system to allow cross traffic. Most of them run on rails but we have a few that are guided by magnetic tape.
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Jackson, TN
Supplied wheels and tires for AGV in large industrial applications, most common within auto plants and auto component supplier's facilities.
~Tom D, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Oakville, ON, Canada
We produce AGV for various warehouse application - routine pallet transferring, stacking etc.
~Alexander R., Project Manager, St.Petersburg, Russia
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that an automatic guided vehicle has been used for.
14 answers
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Airplane wing movement it automatically, automatic loading / unloading of autoclaves in aeronautical sector, 6 pallets moving in time with AGV type of exterior truck from production to warehouse.
~Ruben Martinez, Engineer, Burgos / Spain, Spain
Motorcycle not assembled completely will be transferred from one station to another stations.
~D.Arun Kumar Kumar, General Management, Bangalore, India
Transportation aircraft inside in a production shop floor.
~Albino Araujo Jr., Industrial Automation Engineer, Botucatu, Brazil
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of an automatic guided vehicle?
2 answers
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Fatalities during testing due to incomplete train control.
~Tim, Engineering Consultant, Ottawa, Canada
Bad battery
~Zijiang Qi, Design Engineer, Shanghai, China

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
15 answers
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Leave enough room in the original design of the AGV for efficient sizing of wheels and/or tires. Too often in the past customers of the AGV have been left paying a large amount for replacement wheels and tires because of under-engineering. I have been the benefactor.
~Tom D, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Oakville, ON, Canada
1. The ability to see thus becoming self guiding. 2. Extended battery life 3. The ability to transport a patient bed along with its patient
~Peter Brock, Commercial Manager, Melbourne, Australia
Would like to see non-contact charging systems and less expensive non-track guided systems for them.
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Jackson, TN
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Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of an automatic guided vehicle?
10 answers
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Pay attention to the wheels and/or tires, do due diligence on the aftermarket situation before decisions are made. Too often this will be the sorest bruise when the honeymoon is over.
~Tom D, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Oakville, ON, Canada
Don't oversize! Make sure that an AGV makes sense for the application - is it still more efficient with a forklift and driver, or would a conveyor or monorail work?
~Michael L, Engineering Consultant, Sydney, Australia
If it is running continuously more than 12hrs, battery as a power source should not be preferred.
~Jayesh J, Project Manager, Indore, India
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using automatic guided vehicles?
8 answers
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Ask the suppliers for the complete specification of the wheels and/or tires. Pursue an extra engineering warranty in case they are under-engineered due to aspects in your application that affect normal life of the wheels and/or tires. Check aftermarket supply of the specific wheel and/or tire. Often AGV designers and manufacturers will have a specific wheel design to capture the aftermarket business. Besides labour, wheels and/or tires are the most profitable replacement item on the AGV for the manufacturers.
~Tom D, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Oakville, ON, Canada
Don't just think that AGV is expensive solution. Always get the comparison of long term using of ordinary WHT trucks and AGV trucks - operating cost, goods damaging, labour etc. And mind the floor!
~Alexander R., Project Manager, St.Petersburg, Russia
Ensure you know what you want the vehicles to do up front before you commit to a particular system. Also ensure that the system is flexible and can be changed or added to.
~Michael L, Engineering Consultant, Sydney, Australia
Should look for the details of BOM what AGV is carrying, some people charge heavily on design and technology only.
~Jayesh J, Project Manager, Indore, India
Make sure they can be pushed if the battery goes flat.
~Peter Brock, Commercial Manager, Melbourne, Australia
Easy to use manual parts and maintenance technology.
~Ruben Martinez, Engineer, Burgos / Spain, Spain
Simple is better, Reliability
~Steven K, Design Engineer, Charlotte, NC
Good performance specs
~Tim, Engineering Consultant, Ottawa, Canada


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