The future of materials movement in manufacturing rest in the adoption of automation. Jtec has designed and developed the first autonomous material transfer cart system. Our CarryMatic system reduces the need for custom integrators by seamlessly connecting to the AGV’s systems to make the hands-free material exchange.
For almost every stage through the material handling process, automated options are available. Forklifts have been the traditional choice transport materials within a facility, but as facilities are looking to become safer and more efficient with fork free initiatives companies and look to tugger trains and AGV’s
What is an AGV?
An automated guided vehicle or automatic guided vehicle (AGV) is a mobile robot that follows markers or wires in the floor, or uses vision or lasers. They are most often used in industrial applications to move materials around a manufacturing facility or a warehouse. The term “automated guided vehicle” (AGV) is a general one that encompasses all transport systems capable of functioning without driver operation. The term “driverless” is often used in the context of automatic guided vehicles to describe industrial trucks, used primarily in manufacturing and distribution settings, that would conventionally have been driver-operated.
Applications for an AGV in your facility?
There are several options on how you can guide an AGV through your facility.
As the trend grows towards more dynamic and agile manufacturing facilities, along with the fall in prices for technology, AGVs will continue to become a big talking point in manufacturing circles. A report release by McKinsey Institute has predicted that the potential economic contribution of new technologies such as “advanced robotics, mobile internet and 3D printing” is expected to return between US $14 trillion and US $33 trillion globally by 2025. So obviously there is a lot of potential for dynamic and intelligent AGVs in many facilities.