Advantages and Disadvantages of AGV
Automation and robotics have been part and parcel in today’s industry. Industries ranging from automotive, F&B, healthcare, and many others are constantly looking for ways to further maximize their production and productivity. In many cases, Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) is seen to have potential of increasing the productivity of any operations. Usually, business owners will consider the advantages and disadvantages of AGV before purchasing one. Hence, let’s analyze the pros and cons of it.
Advantages of AGV
✓ Reliable workforce
Unlike humans, robots do not get tired. AGV can work consistently around-the-clock to meet the targeted production of a company. This is very beneficial for companies operating 24/7 as owners would not have to worry about the shortage of shift workers. Furthermore, AGV is more accurate than humans as it is assisted with precise algorithms.
✓ Lesser harm to employees
According to statistics given by the National Safety Council, one employee will be injured while at work every 7 seconds. In the heavy industry, it is a norm for workers to carry heavy loads such as car engines, bins and raw materials. The recommended load for men to carry is 25kg which can be very restrictive. With the help of AGV, more loads can be transported simultaneously with lesser time needed. AGV can also replace workers in unmanned and hazardous working environment such as nuclear plants.
✓ Minimize operational cost
The existence of AGV in a facility will enable employees to reduce labor cost. This is because the employee would not have to hire many unskilled workers as well as to provide overtime pay. Product damage during transportation caused by human errors can be eliminated too.
Disadvantages of AGV
✓ High capital cost
The initial cost of an AGV can be very expensive especially if it is being evaluated on a short-term outcome. Nevertheless, AGV can result in a positive Return on Investment (ROI) in the long run. In most cases, purchasers will be encouraged to calculate their targeted ROI which can be done easily using a ROI calculator.
✓ Limited flexibility
Some AGVs such as the magnetic tape guided AGVs require a devoted track for them to move around. This can be troublesome especially if changes need to be done to the facility layout. In addition, some AGVs could only move forward which can be a limitation if it needs to be reversed suddenly. Regardless, customization of AGV can be done according to customers’ needs.
All in all, there are always two sides to every coin. DF Automation & Robotics will always strive to provide the best AGV and service to our customers in making sure that the purchase will be beneficial to them.