Introduction to Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Systems
Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) have the ability to be transformational when it comes to driving operational efficiency within industrial manufacturing. Featuring best-in-class navigation and safety technologies, AGVs remove the need for human operation, carrying out movement of products, equipment and materials on time, every time.
This not only makes the operation more efficient but protects your people from the stresses and injuries associated with manual handling, or higher risk load moving solutions. Furthermore, it also means your people can focus on tasks of greater value, driving additional ROI and efficiency.
AGV in Action: Toyota
Learn how Toyota Motor Manufacturing used an AGV system to automate its driving processes.
A world-leader in its field, the automotive manufacturer has achieved return on investment and improved operational efficiency when moving parts to the production line…
Built with benefits to supercharge your processes
Increased Return on Investment
AGVs deliver greater ROI through increased efficiency and safety, better use of people resources, less risk of mechanical failure and greater flexibility.
Maximum Safety Built-In
With in-built safety systems, environmental scanners, and optimum surrounding awareness – increased safety comes as standard.
Drive operational efficiency by carrying out tasks on time and at the optimal speed. Enjoy flexible layouts without the constraints of fixed infrastructure.
Scalable Pulling Power
Our AGV systems are available with a capacity up to 30,000kg, enabling automated movement of even the heaviest of loads.
Delivering return on investment
An AGV can reach an ROI of between 50% and 150% when used for a single-shift over 3 years.
This can be dramatically increased to over 600% when the machine is used as part of a three-shift operation over a 5-year period.
Maximising safety for people and operating environments
AGV systems ensure safety as standard, continually monitoring the operating environment, detecting hazards and taking the appropriate action to keep people and equipment safe.
Intelligent safety rated features
High level scanner
Outdoor weather detection
Speed adaptive safety system
Low level safety scanner
Awareness and warning features
Flashing safety lights
Audio beacons and warnings
Emergency stop/Anti-crush button
Blue light/light curtain
An AGV that fits your application
Regardless of your current phase, we understand that switching to an AGV system is an investment, even if it is one that will inevitably deliver increased ROI, efficiency and safety. Our skilled and experienced team is here to guide you with our tried and tested approach.
Our 5-step process:
The right machine for you
Firstly, we put time into understanding your application.
The right navigation for your site
We’ll explore which navigation system works best.
The right dispatch commands
Next, our team will look at how the AGV gets its instructions to move or ‘pulse’ to the next location.
Integration with your systems
Then, we look at where other system integrations are needed.
Optimise your safety systems
Depending on the environment and application, identifying the right safety systems is key.
Our AGV family
Our AGV TOW is the original AGV. With natural navigation and sensor technology, it can carry loads up to 30,000kg and gives 10 hours of operation between charges.
We offer our design expertise to modify existing products or to build new ones so that we can solve your specific challenges, from complete solutions, to items such as bespoke coupling options.
Why we’re different. Our AGV capability.
Move up to 30,000kg, enabling automated movement of even the heaviest of loads.
MasterMover AGVs travel up to 2.5m per second even with heavier loads.
Designed to travel inside, outside, in the rain, and even on slopes.
All MasterMover products are manufactured to the highest standards, meaning they are reliable, durable and dependable.
Easily be utilised for other tasks and jobs, helping drive additional ROI and flexibility.
Our AGV does not rely upon WiFi like many other AGVs to operate.
With a runtime of 10 hours, and 24 hours using multiple batteries. Operational efficiency is maximised.
Our in-house team can design and build entire solutions, in stainless steel, and to ATEX and IP55 standards if required.
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Answering your AGV questions
What is natural navigation?
Natural navigation requires no external infrastructure. Using sensors, the AGV maps its surrounding, during training, resulting in no need to reconstruct warehouse or production environments.
What happens if the AGV encounters an obstacle?
Our AGV integrates sensors and various components that receive, process and analyse data in real time and act accordingly. When an autonomous guided vehicle encounters an obstacle on its route, such as a pallet or person, it will stop if it detects that it could harm the operators.
How will automation affect my employees?
AGV perfectly complements your existing workforce. AGVs do the heavy manual work, Removing or reducing the need for your staff to move materials, allowing your people to spend more time doing greater-value tasks.
How does an AGV know where to go?
Our AGV navigation technologies include:
Line follow: A painted or magnetic line on the floor.
The AGV follows only the painted or magnetic line (including markers to tell it where to stop or change direction).
Natural: A navigation that requires no external infrastructure.
The AGV maps its surroundings using sensors during training runs, and stores the data onboard.
Can it work outside?
Our AGVs, unlike others, are built to operate indoors, outdoors, on slopes, uneven terrain and even in the rain, ensuring production and manufacturing processes can reduce downtime with autonomous load moving between buildings.
How fast can an AGV travel?
MasterMover AGVs travel up to 2.5m per second, even with heavier loads. AGVs are capable of adapting to the surrounding environment, slowing down at certain points i.e. through high pedestrian areas and then speeding up when necessary.
What are Automated Guided Vehicles?
An automated guided vehicle (AGV) is a material handling system that travels autonomously without the need for an operator. With [...]