AGVs Explained

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are mobile robots for use in production, warehousing or any environment that requires the routine movement of products. A typical use for AGVs are as forklift replacements, instead of a forklift and driver an AGV in communication with a control server will pick up a load from one position and unload it in another.

Automated Guided Vehicles go by a variety of names depending on the manufacturer or country of origin, they can also be known as: Laser Guided Vehicles (LGV), Self Guided Vehicles (SGV) and Automated Guided Carts (AGC). Sometimes the naming is based on features of the vehicles (such as Laser Guided Vehicle) and sometimes on the relative size (Automated Guided Carts). At NDC all our vehicles are called AGVs.

Advantages

Flexibility

Automated Guided Vehicles can be installed into existing facilities with little to no modification of the structure or the storage systems, unlike some automation solution which require costly renovation or purpose built facilities. AGV systems can quickly and easily accommodate changes, both physical changes to the vehicles or operating environment or changes to their order handling logic.

AGVs can be designed for any purpose, NDC has a wide range of vehicle models for carrying different types and specifications of load. The ability to customise an AGVs capabilities makes it easier to match the vehicle to your particular facility. In addition we can design a custom vehicle just for you allowing you to automate any task.

Efficient

An Automated Guided Vehicles system can help to make your operation more efficient. Tracking and control of your product allows you to find out where it is at any time. When you need to fetch products for manufacturing or delivery the system knows where they are and never hesitates or gets lost.

Cost Saving

Automation with AGVs improves the cost efficiency of your operation as our vehicles can run 24 hours a day 7 days a week with little to no supervision. A full cost analysis for an NDC Automated Guided Vehicle installation can be found here