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Raymond Handling Solutions is an Orange County warehouse automation equipment supplier.

We offer sales, repair and service for many types of AGVs.

Call us today at (714) 790-9300.

What is an AGV?

Often described as autonomous guided vehicles or self-guided vehicles, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are material handling systems or goods transporters that travel autonomously across the floors of a warehouse, distribution center or production facility, without an onboard operator.

What are Automated Guided Vehicles used for?

Common AGV applications include retrieval and storage in warehouses and distribution centers, normally in support of order picking. They are additionally put to use for transportation of basic materials, work-in-process, and finished products in factories.

What are some of the main benefits of Self Guided Vehicles?

1. Lowered Labor Costs: AGVs can substantially reduce labor expenses. A one time expenditure can eliminate the ongoing costs of wages, taxes, and benefits connected with a full time employee.

2. Increased Safety: contemporary AGVs utilize advanced video cameras, lasers, or other sensors that permit them to "see" and respond to their environment instantaneously. Humans can become fatigued or distracted, whereas self guided vehicles do not. AGVs can likewise be utilized in harsh environments or around dangerous materials where personal security is compromised.

3. Increased Productivity & Accuracy: AGVs can work around the clock, never requiring breaks or getting fatigued. They can make repeated treks around a large building effortlessly. They likewise don't make the kinds of mistakes that human workers are prone to making.

4. Modularity: most AGV solutions can be put into place gradually, replacing a handful of jobs here and there without an enormous capital outlay in advance. As automation requirements expand, more AGVs can quickly be introduced to the system.

How do AGVs work?

AGVs are shepherded by a mix of sensor-based supervision systems and bundled software. They can navigate securely through a warehouse or production facility by using obstacle detection bumpers and following carefully vetted routes, while using precisely regulated acceleration and deceleration.

AGV navigation is generally managed by one of these types of systems:

  • Vision guidance: cameras record the AGV's environment, and the vehicles use these logged videos to get around. Vision guidance is standalone, and as a result, no modification is needed to a warehouse or factory infrastructure for this type of navigation.
  • Laser target navigation: with laser based equipment, reflective tape is attached to racks, walls, poles and other stationary objects. AGVs use laser transmitters to rebound laser beams off of these reflectors and then use the distance and angle of objects to maneuver.
  • LiDAR: LiDAR solutions send laser bursts to determine the range between the AGV and items in its surroundings. This data is utilized to establish a comprehensive map of the surroundings. In similarity to vision guidance, no modification of a building is necessary.
  • Inertial navigation: transponders implanted into a building's flooring guide AGVs along a specified course.
  • Wired navigation: these systems utilize wire pathways embedded into a warehouse or factory floor surface. The wire sends a signal that an AGV detects through a sensor or antenna system.
  • Magnetic guide tape: this kind of AGV makes use of magnetic sensing units and conforms to a path laid out by magnetic tape.

What are the various types of Autonomous Guided Vehicles?

There are numerous kinds of automated guided vehicles. Lots of AGVs resemble other human-operated vehicles yet are engineered to maneuver in the absence of direct human supervision or guidance.

  • Forklift AGVs: forklift automatic guided vehicles are a frequently utilized kind of AGV in warehouses and distribution centers. They're built to transfer pallets without the assistance of a human worker.
  • Automated Guided Carts: an automatic guided cart is probably the most basic kind of AGV. They can carry all kinds of materials, from entire pallets to small parts. AGCs are often used in storage, picking, and cross-docking applications.
  • Tugger AGVs: towing, or "tugger" AGVs pull non-powered, load-carrying carts trailing them in a train-like configuration. These types of automatic guided vehicles are typically used for moving heavy loads over long spans. Sometimes they are configured to make several dropoffs and pickups along their route.
  • Unit Load Handlers: unit load handlers transport individual payloads like particular objects, or a discrete pallet or tote.
  • Heavy Burden Carriers: these are used for exceedingly heavy loads like castings, coils or plates.

Orange County Automated Guided Vehicle Supplier

If you'd like a full analysis of AGV options for your warehouse, DC or manufacturing facility, you can speak with a professional at Raymond Handling Solutions by calling (714) 790-9300.

Raymond Handling Solutions
Orange County Service Area:
Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin
Phone: (714) 790-9300

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