Automated Guided Vehicles | Valencia

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Raymond Handling Solutions is a Valencia warehouse automation equipment supplier.

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

Call us today at 661-206-0462.

What is an AGV?

Often known as autonomous guided vehicles or self-guided vehicles, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are material handling systems or goods carriers that proceed autonomously across the ground surfaces of a warehouse, distribution center or production facility, without an onboard driver.

What are Automated Guided Vehicles used for?

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

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

1. Minimized Labor Costs: AGVs can significantly decrease labor costs. A one time cost can eliminate the continuous expenses of salaries, taxes, and benefits connected with a full time worker.

2. Increased Safety: modern AGVs utilize sophisticated electronic cameras, lasers, or other sensors that enable them to "see" and react to their surroundings instantaneously. Humans can often get careless or distracted, whereas machines do not. AGVs can also be used in severe conditions or around dangerous materials where human safety is compromised.

3. Increased Productivity & Accuracy: AGVs can work continuously, never requiring breaks or getting fatigued. They can make distant treks around a warehouse quickly. They likewise don't make the types of errors that human workers are prone to making.

4. Modularity: most AGV solutions can be put into place gradually, displacing a handful of jobs here and there without a massive capital outlay in advance. As automation needs expand, more AGVs can easily be introduced to the operation.

How do AGVs work?

AGVs are shepherded by a combination of sensor-based management systems and bundled software. They can navigate securely through a storage or manufacturing facility by using barrier detection bumpers and following thoroughly defined paths, while using precisely regulated acceleration and deceleration.

AGV navigation is typically handled by one of these types of systems:

  • Vision guidance: cameras capture the AGV's environment, and the vehicles use these logged images to navigate. Vision guidance is standalone, meaning no adjustment is required to a production facility or warehouse infrastructure for this kind of navigation.
  • Laser target navigation: with laser solutions, reflective tape is affixed to pallet racks, walls, poles and other fixed items. AGVs utilize laser transmitters to bounce light off of these reflectors and then utilize the distance and angle of items to maneuver.
  • LiDAR: LiDAR systems send laser pulses to measure the distance around the AGV and articles in its vicinity. This information is utilized to establish a 360-degree map of the environment. Like vision guidance, no modification of a facility is needed.
  • Inertial navigation: transponders implanted into a building's floor surface guide AGVs along a defined path.
  • Wired navigation: these systems employ wire paths embedded into a warehouse or factory floor surface. The wire transmits a signal that an AGV detects through a sensor or antenna system.
  • Magnetic guide tape: this type of AGV makes use of magnetic sensors and follows a route laid out by magnetic tape.

What are the different types of Autonomous Guided Vehicles?

There are numerous kinds of automated guided vehicles. Many AGVs resemble other human-operated vehicles yet are engineered to operate with no continuous human supervision or guidance.

  • Forklift AGVs: forklift automatic guided vehicles are a frequently utilized type of AGV in warehouses and distribution centers. They're built to carry pallets without the assistance of a human driver.
  • Automated Guided Carts: an automatic guided cart is the most rudimentary type of AGV. They can carry all kinds of materials, from pallets to small parts. AGCs are often utilized in storage, sorting, and cross-docking applications.
  • Tugger AGVs: towing, or "tugger" AGVs pull non-powered, load-carrying carts trailing them in a train-like arrangement. These types of automatic guided vehicles are often utilized for moving heavy loads over long spans. Many times they are configured to make numerous pickups and dropoffs along their course.
  • Unit Load Handlers: unit load handlers carry singular loads like particular objects, or a discrete pallet or tote.
  • Heavy Burden Carriers: these are used for exceedingly heavy weights like plates, castings or coils.

Valencia Automated Guided Vehicle Supplier

If you'd like a complete analysis of AGV possibilities for your warehouse, DC or production facility, you can speak with an expert at Raymond Handling Solutions by calling 661-206-0462.

Raymond Handling Solutions
28309 Industry Dr
Valencia, California 91355
Phone: 661-206-0462

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