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Raymond Handling Solutions is a Riverside warehouse automation equipment supplier.

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

Call us today at (951) 384-2444.

What is an AGV?

Often known as autonomous guided vehicles or self-guided vehicles, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are material handling systems or payload transporters that travel autonomously around the ground surfaces of a warehouse, factory or DC, without an onboard worker.

What are Automated Guided Vehicles used for?

Popular AGV applications include storage and retrieval in storage facilities and distribution centers, generally in support of order picking. They are similarly used for transport of raw materials, work-in-process, and finished goods in production centers.

What are the main advantages of Self Guided Vehicles?

1. Decreased Labor Costs: AGVs can significantly decrease labor costs. A one time expenditure can eliminate the continuous costs of salaries, taxes, and benefits related to a full time worker.

2. Increased Safety: modern AGVs use sophisticated video cameras, lasers, or other sensors that enable them to "see" and react to their environment instantaneously. Humans can often get tired or distracted, whereas machines do not. AGVs can likewise be utilized in harsh conditions or around hazardous materials where individual security is endangered.

3. Increased Productivity & Accuracy: AGVs can work around the clock, never needing breaks or tiring. They can make repeated treks across a large building effortlessly. They also do not make the types of mistakes that humans are prone to making.

4. Modularity: most AGV systems can be introduced slowly, replacing a few jobs here and there without a massive expenditure in advance. As automation needs accelerate, more AGVs can easily be added to the facility.

How do AGVs work?

AGVs are directed by a combination of sensor-based guidance systems and computer programs. They can travel securely through a warehouse or manufacturing facility by using barrier detection bumpers and following carefully vetted routes, while using precisely controlled acceleration and deceleration.

AGV navigation is typically managed by one of these categories of systems:

  • Vision guidance: cameras log the AGV's surroundings, and the vehicles utilize these logged images to navigate. Vision guidance is standalone, meaning no adjustment is required to a production facility or warehouse infrastructure for this type of navigation.
  • Laser target navigation: with laser solutions, reflective tape is affixed to racks, wall surfaces, poles and other stationary items. AGVs use laser transmitters to rebound laser beams off of these reflectors and then use the distance and angle of items to maneuver.
  • LiDAR: LiDAR solutions send laser pulses to measure the range around the AGV and objects in its vicinity. This data is used to establish a comprehensive map of the setting. Similar to vision guidance, no adjustment of a facility is required.
  • Inertial navigation: transponders implanted into a building's flooring direct AGVs along a defined path.
  • Wired navigation: these systems employ wire pathways embedded into a warehouse or factory floor. The wire broadcasts a signal that an AGV detects through a sensor or antenna system.
  • Magnetic guide tape: this style of AGV uses magnetic sensors and conforms to a route laid out by magnetic tape.

What are the various kinds of Autonomous Guided Vehicles?

There are several kinds of automated guided vehicles. Lots of AGVs resemble other human-operated vehicles but are developed to maneuver in the absence of continuous human supervision or assistance.

  • Forklift AGVs: forklift automated guided vehicles are a frequently used type of AGV in warehouses. They're built to transfer pallets without the supervision of a human worker.
  • Automated Guided Carts: an automatic guided cart is the most basic kind of AGV. They can transport all types of products, from pallets to small components. AGCs are often used in stocking, sorting, and cross-docking applications.
  • Tugger AGVs: towing, or "tugger" AGVs tug non-powered, payload-carrying carts behind them in a train-like configuration. These types of automated guided vehicles are often utilized for transporting heavy loads over long distances. Sometimes they are set to make numerous pickups and dropoffs along their path.
  • Unit Load Handlers: unit load handlers carry singular loads like specific items, or a discrete pallet or tote.
  • Heavy Burden Carriers: these are utilized for extremely heavy payloads like castings, coils or plates.

Riverside Automated Guided Vehicle Supplier

If you'd like a full analysis of AGV possibilities for your warehouse, DC or manufacturing center, you can consult with an expert at Raymond Handling Solutions by calling (951) 384-2444.

Raymond Handling Solutions
Riverside County Service Area:
Redlands, Colton, Rialto, Bloomington, Moreno Valley, Hemet, Perris, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Coachella Valley
Phone: (951) 384-2444

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