The process of selecting and purchasing an Automated Guided Vehicle can often be misunderstood as being complicated and intimidating. While the technology involved in their navigation is sophisticated, the process of purchasing an AGV has never been simpler.
Here are a few key steps to get you started on your journey towards implementing an AGV system:
The where – Your movement
An obvious starting point is determining what tasks and movements you want your AGV to carry out. Here, it’s important to consider the distances you need the unit to move over, the frequency of movement, the weight to be moved and any future scalability requirements.
By reviewing the specific needs of your operation, you’ll then be able to select the right AGV for your application and, most importantly, one that will deliver the benefits important to you.
Some key questions to cover in understanding your movement needs include:
- What do you need the AGV to move and how heavy is it?
- Over what distance do you need the AGV to travel?
- How often do you need the AGV to travel the route?
The how – Your application needs
Once you have conceptualised your movement, it is then important to consider any specific application needs. Here, you should consider aspects such as environmental needs, terrain, safety requirements and installation needs.
A few crucial questions to get you started on solidifying your application are:
- Will the AGV system need to travel both inside and outside?
- Is the area it will be operating in congested?
- Do you have existing equipment and systems the AGV needs to interact with?
The what – Your AGV system
Now you have a solid understanding of your application and movement needs, you can work with a supplier to choose the right AGV for your application.
There are several different types of AGVs available on the market, which we’ve covered in our guide What is an AGV and why would you want one?
AGVs are available with different navigational systems to match individual applications of all shapes and sizes. A credible supplier should provide you with a suitable proposal for an AGV equipped with the navigational system correct for your application. At MasterMover, we follow a tried-and-tested 5-step approach to ensure any AGV specified is fit-for-purpose and designed around your application.