AGV stands for Automated Guided Vehicle, is an autonomous mobile robot that is programmed to perform in-house logistic tasks. It is capable of lifting and towing heavy loads as well as delivering loads to its targeted destination. The AGV robot is available in various designs and sizes besides being able to be customised according to user needs.
AGV consists of many electrical and mechanical parts. Ultimately, two main parts of AGV robot 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 robot 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 Automated Guided Vehicle 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 robot 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.
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Dr Yeong Che Fai is the Chairman and one of the co-founder of DF Automation & Robotics. He is also an Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He graduated with a PhD from Imperial College London and his M.Eng and B.Eng were from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is known as one of the leading robotics experts in Malaysia.
His interests are in AI, robotics, innovations and entrepreneurship. He has won more than 100 awards such as MOE Entrepreneurship Mentor Award, British Invention Show, Star Outstanding Business Award (SOBA), APICTA and ROBOCON.
He was in Austrian Leadership Program (Vienna) and also the Newton Fund Leader in Innovation Fellowship Program (London) sponsored by the respective government. He had undergone two entrepreneurship programs at Silicon Valley.
He has published close to 100 publications and is a seasonal speaker for various topics including AI, robotics, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. He has spoken at TEDx twice and will speak his 3rd TEDx talk in October 2021.