Johannes Löfgren, Tech Pilot at Senion, gives his thoughts about AGV
AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) are common machines among many of today’s intralogistics companies. They can be found in manufacturing, logistics, healthcare and everything in between. The main reason for their use is because of their key role in reducing non-value added time in difference process, which many enterprises strive for.
What is AGVs? A quick search on the web provides the following description:
An automated guided vehicle or automatic guided vehicle (AGV) is a mobile robot that follows markers or wires in the floor, or uses vision, magnets, or lasers for navigation. They are most often used in industrial applications to move materials around a manufacturing facility or warehouse. Application of the automatic guided vehicle has broadened during the late 20th century.
The most important takeaway from description is that AGVs need to be navigated in some way, and depending on the chosen technology, there are different installations needed. For any company in need of AGVs, the ambition is to get the units up and running as soon as possible, because this is how they get the ROI for the units.
Installation and all kind of manipulation on any facility requires manual work: sticking lines on the floor for the AGV to follow and wire installations to limit the unit, just to name a few. Every time a change is made, the set up needs to be updated: manually. This is where IPS and Senion could play a key role in the future of AGV navigation where updates now will be available as digital information rather then physical labor.
So what’s needed for run this AVG? A unit equivalent to a cellphone with the sensors commonly used, together with IPS from Senion, could navigate an AGV through your facility without any set up change made to it; no lines on the floor, and no wires or magnets in your wall. What if you want a new route? Just a matter of some software changes and you are there. This is how to give AGVs new eyes, and to give your management a flexible solution in no time.