Autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are both types of robotic vehicles that operate without human intervention.
They are used in various industries, including manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics, to transport goods and materials from one location to another.
AGVs are robotic vehicles that move along predetermined paths or routes, which are typically marked on the floor with tape or magnetic strips. They are designed to navigate through an environment and avoid obstacles using sensors and other technology.
AMRs,also known as AIV’s or Autonomous Intelligent Vehicles, are more flexible and adaptable than AGVs. They are designed to navigate through an environment using sensors and other technology, but they are not restricted to following a predetermined path. Instead, they can change their route and adapt to changing conditions in real-time.
This is why we advise companies to liaise with us prior to implementation to assess all the various robotic options available first. As a platform-independent automations solutions provider, we can ensure the right robot types, from the right manufacturer, for the right elements of your process line you’re looking to automate.
AGV’s and AMR’s are a simple yet effective solution to moving product between areas in facilities, and they offer a number of advantages over traditional methods of production.
The benefits include:
Increased efficiency: AGVs and AMRs can operate 24/7 without the need for breaks, vacations, or sick days. This can lead to increased productivity and reduced downtime in manufacturing or warehousing operations.
Improved safety for hazardous environments: Because AGVs and AMRs operate autonomously, they can reduce the risk of accidents caused by human error. They can also be used in environments not suited to humans.
Flexibility: AMRs are designed to be highly flexible and adaptable, which means they can be quickly reprogrammed to perform different tasks. This allows businesses to respond to changing customer demands or production needs.
Cost savings: Implementing AGVs or AMRs can lead to significant cost savings over time, as they can reduce the need for human labor and prevent costly mistakes or accidents.
Increased accuracy: AGVs and AMRs can be programmed to be highly precise, which can lead to improved quality control and reduced waste.
Data collection: AGVs and AMRs can be equipped with sensors and other technology to collect data on production processes, which can help businesses identify areas for improvement and optimise their operations.
There are a multitude of AGV & AMR types, most often seen within the logistics and warehousing part of any business. They include:
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