Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs)
Increase Production Line Efficiencies While Reducing Work-Related Injuries
MWES has been integrating Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) into production lines, automated assembly systems and material handling applications for over 30 years. Backed by over 40 in-house Application and Systems Engineers, MWES has a history of successes integrating advanced automation technologies into a variety of industries and processes, at a scale where the need to robotically move and position workpieces becomes a necessity for efficiency.
AGVs are computer-controlled and wheel-based load carriers that are used to transport materials along the floor of a facility without the need for an operator. Their movement is powered by an internal battery or external electric motors. Computer software is programmed to drive to specific points using sensor-based guidance systems. AGVs provide safe movement of loads and materials as they move on a path with precisely controlled speed.
AGV system applications are used to transport raw materials, work-in-process, and finished goods, for manufacturing production lines and warehousing distribution applications. They are most commonly seen in the automotive, food, manufacturing, paper, and plastic industry, but we are seeing more and more demand outside of these areas, as robotic automation makes inroads into other industries.
There are many benefits to using AGVs, including minimal human operation, fewer work-related injuries, production line efficiencies and high return on investment. The upfront cost of designing and installing an automatic guided system varies from one application to another, but over time, automated guided vehicles will prove to add efficiency and save on labor costs. The accountability and safety of the AVGs are some of the most important benefits in manufacturing processes. Once a product is onboard an AGV, it can be more efficiently tracked, minimizing lost and misplaced products. Since AGVs always follow their guide paths and will stop if they encounter an obstacle, the safety of the surrounding areas and personnel increases.
Thinking about integrating AGVs into your facility? Call us today to see how we can increase productivity, safety and ROI by adding AGVs to your process!