Automated Guided Vehicles & Carts
Automate the handling of materials within a facility with AGVs and/or AGCs
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) & automated guided carts (AGCs) offer warehouses the benefits of reduced costs and increased fulfillment efficiency by eliminating the manual transfer of goods typically handled by forklifts and pallet jacks.
AGVs and AGCs are self-driving vehicles that travel along a guided, set path. They are equipped with sensors to avoid obstacles and increase safety compared to the hazards that forklift travel causes in warehouses and fulfillment centers.
Both robotic warehouse solutions can be utilized in various applications, including manufacturing, storage/retrieval, and transportation of materials, and can support picking operations in distribution settings.
– Faster fulfillment speeds
– Less susceptible to labor shortages and fluctuations
– Improves warehouse safety
– Reduction in damage to products
– Flexible for a variety of industries
– Scalable to support business growth
– Easy installation
AGVs typically transport heavy payloads – up to 250,000 lbs. – along a fixed path within a facility. While early iterations of AGVs required physically adjusting infrastructure to install magnets or wires into the floors, some newer models can learn floor plans and know where they may and may not travel on the warehouse floor without the physical infrastructure.
Also known as unit-load decks, unit-load AGVs are essentially a platform on wheels that can deliver heavy loads, consisting of one or many items, between two areas of a warehouse, without the incumbrance to floor space that comes with integrating conveyors.
Sometimes called an autonomous tugger, acts as a tow tractor for a series of carts, each typically carrying heavy loads. This style of AGV offers the highest load capacity among AGV types and can transport considerably more cargo than a traditional forklift.
This style of AGV functions similarly to a self-driving forklift, with different variations and brands boasting differing reach heights and load capacities. They can perform planned missions and travel along a predetermined path. Forklift AGVs perform well in environments where standardized, repetitive functions can be completed without human labor.
AGCs are similar to AGVs, but typically are utilized in transferring lighter payloads (up to 1,000 lbs.) Instead of serving as automated forklifts, AGCs are characterized by a lower profile to travel beneath a wheeled shelf or cart, connect to it, and then move material.
AGCs are the most basic forms of AGVs but come at the lowest cost to operate and install because they utilize the most simplistic navigation technology. The load limitation for AGCs is primarily determined by the strength of the cart or shelf’s wheel that it is maneuvering.