What is AGV?
Automated Guided Vehicle or Automatic Guided Vehicle are both shortly known as AGV. AGV is a mobile robot that is autonomously guided to perform human tasks. It is capable of lifting and towing heavy loads as well as delivering loads to its targeted destination. AGV is available in various designs and sizes besides being able to be customized according to user needs.
AGV consists of many electrical and mechanical parts. Ultimately, two main parts of AGV are the AGV controller which acts as a brain for the AGV and the embedded controller which regulates the AGV. AGV is typically powered by a battery but it can be charged in no time for continuous operation of it.
An AGV uses a line follower concept to navigate through its destination. Some AGVs use magnetic sensors with magnetic strip guidance, simply known as tracked AGVs. There are also trackless AGVs which do not require any tracks where they are equipped with lidar sensors to scan their surroundings. Both navigation technologies used are very accommodative as they would not require any layout changes to the plant facility.
AGV is also equipped with software to enable users to have a better control over the AGV. This is achieved by allowing users to configure the AGV settings tailored to their needs using a simple graphic user interface (GUI). AGVs performances are also improved by having a good fleet management system governing each AGV.
DF Automation & Robotics, a Malaysian-based company has been one of the leading manufacturers of AGV in the region of Southeast Asia. DF is committed in providing a world-class AGV to meet customer demand as it is expanding its business internationally.
Needless to say, there are an abundance of AGV applications in every field of industries. AGV can potentially yield a good return on investment especially to companies with huge plants and warehouses. AGV is definitely one of the key players in ensuring a smooth and productive operation flow of any companies.