What are AGVs?
Automatic Guided Vehicles, better known as AGVs, are vehicles that move autonomously without the need of control by an operator. They can carry several tons of weight and can adapt to any type of load.
They are very flexible equipments that easy the internal transport of elements and have many advantages such as traceability, security and automation of flows.
AGVs are already the present in some factories, but they will be the future of all companies in their logistic areas and internal transport of materials.
We also work with Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles (AIV). AIVs are able to learn and move naturally without guidance so that their work is even more flexible.
What do we do in ATRIA in an AGV project?
Selection of the suitable hardware
Mapping and configuration
Installation and start up
Technologies associated with AGVs
There are several guidance technologies for AGVs depending on both external and internal elements. A correct choice of the guidance system is the first step for tohe successful implementation of a vehicle of these characteristics in an installation.
Computer vision guided
This technology makes no necessary the installation of any external element to the AGV, since by means of all the sensors that it has (cameras, LIDAR, ultrasound,…) they are able to create a virtual map of the environment in which they are working (in 2D or 3D depending on the technology). This greatly facilitates the start-up of these devices, since it is simply necessary to move the AGV manually along the paths it will travel, mapping them and internalizing all the information necessary for its subsequent use. It is the most flexible and adaptive system.
What can we achieve thanks to AGVs?
Traceability. Allows traceability of transported loads.
Security. Avoid traffic accidents in factories and warehouses.
Avoid damage to the articles. Thanks to its sensor and automated processes, it does not damage the articles.
Reduce response time. The time from the order to the beginning of the transport is zero.