Advantages and Disadvantages of Automated Guide Vehicle (AGV)

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.

 

What is AGV (Automatic Guided Vehicle)?

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.
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