Savings Analysis

One of the most compelling reasons to switch from a manual operation to an automated one is to save money. An AGV system will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are designed to operate without supervision.

If your business runs three shifts a day, five days per week the annual cost per forklift is $240,000. This cost includes; three driver’s wages, capital expenditure or leasing for the vehicle and running costs. Over ten years with equates to $2.4 million per forklift in your operation.

In most cases you will replace one forklift with one AGV. An AGV will cost the same in the first year for outright purchase and less if using a leasing option. However the costs for the AGV drop dramatically in the following years, averaging only $4000 to $6000 per year.



Over the ten year period you will save nearly $2.1 million per forklift by investing in an AGV system. The more shifts you run the more money you will save as our AGVs will run on a 24 hour rotation without any additional staffing costs or penalty rates. Any company that works it’s factory floor for more than 8 hours a day will recognize instant cost savings by switching to an AGV system.



Leasing Options

In the past many smaller companies found it difficult to enjoy to benefits of automation technology. NDC has introduced leasing options for our AGVs so there is no longer the need to gather upfront capital to invest in an AGV fleet.

This leasing option means line managers need not wait for lengthy board-level budget approvals to be completed. Your request to upgrade to AGVs becomes only a manageable monthly expense that in turn will save money for the company.

Our manageable 5 year leasing plan makes all the benefits of an AGV system; cost savings, efficiency and safety, available to companies of all sizes. The lease option works just as if you had bought the equipment outright; it includes full AGV customization and installation costs.

All equipment becomes your property at the end of the lease period.

Examples of typical leasing costs

  • 1 vehicle pallet-forklift type AGV system with up to 20 load and unload positions and a travel distance of up to 100 meters. Monthly cost for 5 years, with no residual: A$ 5,400/month
  • (comparable cost for 1 forklift and 3 drivers in a 3 shift operation ~A$20,000/month)*



  • 3 vehicle pallet-forklift type AGV system with up to 50 load and unload positions and a travel distance of up to 200 meters. Monthly cost for 5 years, with no residual: A$ 12,100/month
  • (comparable cost for 3 forklifts and 9 drivers in a 3 shift operation ~A$60,000/month)*



  • 5 vehicle pallet-forklift type AGV system with up to 100 load and unload positions and a travel distance of up to 300 meters. Monthly cost for 5 years, with no residual: A$ 19,200/month
  • (comparable cost for 5 forklifts and 15 drivers in a 3 shift operation ~A$100,000/month)*



  • 10 vehicle pallet-forklift type AGV system with up to 1000 load and unload positions and a travel distance of up to 500 meters and a small Warehouse Management Solution. Monthly cost for 5 years, with no residual: A$ 36,500/month
  • (comparable cost for 10 forklifts and 30 drivers in a 3 shift operation ~A$200,000/month)*


*Costs are estimates only, based on market interest rates as of 12th of January 2011. Please contact NDC for detailed pricing information.