A fleet of AGVs (anywhere from 2 to 200) can provide a plant with 24-hour shift operation, in poor lighting, yet with increased safety and less product damage, while also reducing costs.
Controlled centrally, the software allows the AGVs in a warehouse (for example) to redirect and distribute the burden of incoming orders on-the-fly, achieving a dance-like interplay of fleet movement that maximises efficiency while providing instant reporting back through the system to trace stock levels, interface with despatch / ordering department systems etc.
It's worth noting that in Victoria alone, 6000 forklift-related injuries were recorded between 1985-2003, resulting in excess of $130 million in claim payments and incalculable loss of production time.
With software-controlled acceleration / deceleration, a wealth of overlapping sensors, warning and emergency stop features, the FMC brand of AGVs have not had even a single reported case of AGV-related injury. This is despite their use in high pedestrian-traffic areas, such as hospital corridors, where AGVs are also used to transport materials and waste.
FMC Technologies is the largest producer of these Automatic Guided vehicles ISO9000 Certified with 125 years experience in material handling technology, over 50% USA market share in AGVs and a large install base in Australia and more than 100 other countries. FMC partners exclusively with Robotic Automation P/L to introduce the latest generation of AGVs to Australia and New Zealand industry.
AGVs from FMC Technologies, have already amassed a long list of world-recognised clients from a wide variety of industries, from automotive manufacture to paper and printing including Australia's own News Limited printing plants in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. In addition to the typical warehouse pallet-handling example, a variety of vehicle types and load gripping / lifting attachments allow an AGV solution to handle multiple tasks in many industry environments.
Why use AGVs?
- Not a permanent obstacle
- Paths can be changed easily
- System can be expanded easily
- Does not represent a single point of failure (system has built-in redundancy measures)
- Favourable cost/benefit compared to other automated material handling solutions
Typical applications of Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV, SGV or LGV):
- Delivery of raw material from receiving to warehouse
- Delivery of parts from warehouse to assembly line
- Movement of product through manufacturing process
- Movement from palletiser to stretch wrapper
- Movement from stretch wrapper to storage/shipping
- Movement from finished goods warehouse to shipping
Ask to see a case study in your industry: Contact Robotic Automation P/L and find out how AGVs can maximise production efficiency, flexibility and safety, while minimising costs in your plant. Our staff can advise you and send a case study document on an installation in your industry. You can also refer to these independent magazine articles...
- Paper industry articles:
"Guided Vehicles are Reel Productive" Packaging Online Jan 2006
"On a Roll with Robotics" Tissue World Aug 2005
"FMC bringing new concept of automation to newspapers" Newspapers & Technology Apr 2002
- Health care industry articles:
"Load 'em Up" Health Facilities Management Feb 2003
"Robot for Hire" Health Facilities Management Jul 2002
- Automotive articles:
"Laser Scanners for Obstacle Avoidance" AutomationWorld Nov 2005
"AGVs Pick Up and Deliver" Materials Handling Management Aug 2005
"AGVs Help Old DaimlerChrysler Plant Compete" Materials Handling Management Oct 2003