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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

Increase ROI with an AGV electric tug

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.

Improve safety with an AGV electric tug

Maximum Safety Built-In

With in-built safety systems, environmental scanners, and optimum surrounding awareness – increased safety comes as standard.

Improve efficiency with an AGV electric tug

Efficiency Supercharged

Drive operational efficiency by carrying out tasks on time and at the optimal speed. Enjoy flexible layouts without the constraints of fixed infrastructure.

Move up to 30T with an AGV electric tug

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.

AGV Return on Investment

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

MasterMover AGV300 TOW Electric Tug

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:

Choose the right AGV electric tug

The right machine for you

Firstly, we put time into understanding your application.

Choose the right navigation system for your AGV electric tug

The right navigation for your site

We’ll explore which navigation system works best.

Get the right instructions to your AGV electric tug

The right dispatch commands

Next, our team will look at how the AGV gets its instructions to move or ‘pulse’ to the next location.

Integrate an AGV electric tug with your existing WMS

Integration with your systems

Then, we look at where other system integrations are needed.

Optimise safety with an AGV electric tug

Optimise your safety systems

Depending on the environment and application, identifying the right safety systems is key.

Our AGV family

MasterMover AGV electric tug - AGV TOW300

AGV TOW

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.

PS3000+ AGV option

Existing Range

MasterMover offers the widest range of electric tug and tow solutions available from a single material handling equipment provider, meaning we’ll likely have the solution you need right here.

Bespoke AGV electric tug design

Custom Solution

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.

30T AGV electric tug weight capacity

Weight Capacity

Move up to 30,000kg, enabling automated movement of even the heaviest of loads.

Maximum AGV electric tug speed

Speed

MasterMover AGVs travel up to 2.5m per second even with heavier loads.

Electric tugs on multiple terrains

Terrain

Designed to travel inside, outside, in the rain, and even on slopes.

Electric tug durability

Durability

All MasterMover products are manufactured to the highest standards, meaning they are reliable, durable and dependable.

AGV electric tug dual operation mode

Dual Mode

Easily be utilised for other tasks and jobs, helping drive additional ROI and flexibility.

AGV intelligence

Intelligence

Our AGV does not rely upon WiFi like many other AGVs to operate.

Electric tug battery capacities

Battery Capacity

With a runtime of 10 hours, and 24 hours using multiple batteries. Operational efficiency is maximised.

Bespoke electric tugs

Custom Solutions

Our in-house team can design and build entire solutions, in stainless steel, and to ATEX and IP55 standards if required.

Ready to learn more? Download your Guide to Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV)

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.

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