AGVs are increasingly being used in the healthcare sector to improve the quality of patient care and the efficiency of all staff in the hospital. They can transport medicines, medical equipment or stretchers in hospitals and healthcare facilities autonomously, avoiding patients and visitors at all times.
What is an AGV?
An AGV, Automated Guided Vehicle, is an autonomous vehicle used in a variety of industrial processes to move goods before, during or after the manufacturing process. These vehicles are usually introduced into controlled environments and use sensors such as lasers or cameras to avoid obstacles such as factory workers. There are also AGVs that operate by means of filoguidance. These are guided by following a line marked on the ground.
AGVs are also an important part of logistics and production in today’s industry.
Characteristics of AGVs in the healthcare sector
This section includes the most important and necessary characteristics of an AGV in the healthcare sector. Among them, the following stand out:
The AGVs in this sector must be disinfected so as not to spread any disease and must be easy to clean.
Precise navigation and safety
AGVs must be able to navigate precisely while avoiding patients, people and other equipment. This is because AGVs are equipped with sensors to ensure this safety.
Durability and energy efficiency
They must be durable to withstand heavy use in the environment without running out of battery power. In addition, they must be energy efficient to minimize their environmental impact and reduce operating costs.
AGVs must operate constantly and without interruption, since in the healthcare sector an interruption can have serious consequences for patient care.
They must communicate with other systems and equipment to ensure smooth navigation, such as automatic doors. Guided vehicles communicate thanks to the integration of equipment with connectivity technology and also receive commands remotely.
Flexibility and adaptability
They must adapt to different tasks and work environments. They also handle different types of loads and routing configurations. In addition, the architecture of an AGV must be scalable, so that it can adapt to new and emerging technologies.
Benefits of integrating AGVs in the healthcare sector
Integrating AGVs in the healthcare sector has numerous benefits that facilitate daily tasks, performing tasks more quickly and accurately. Some of the benefits include:
Increased availability of medical personnel
By eliminating staff from transporting medications or supplies, they spend more time caring for the sick.
Increased accuracy and efficiency in delivery
AGVs are programmed to make precise deliveries, which help improve medical care. In addition, they transport supplies to different areas of the hospital without human intervention, resulting in increased medical efficiency.
Reducing the spread of disease
They reduce the need to touch or move shared objects, thus preventing the spread of disease.
AGVs help improve safety in the healthcare sector by reducing the number of people transporting supplies, thus resulting in a reduced likelihood of injury.
Reduction of waiting time and human error
AGVs reduce waiting times in the transport of supplies, reducing stress for medical personnel, who now only have to worry about their medical work. They also improve patient safety, as it is more difficult for delivery errors to occur.
The integration of AGVs in the healthcare sector improves the quality of medical care, reduces operating costs and turnaround times, and improves the patient experience. In addition, AGVs help reduce the stress of healthcare personnel, as they now only have to focus on their medical duties. They improve the safety of the working environment in the hospital or healthcare sector, both for patients and medical staff. Do you want to apply AGVs in any of your projects? Do not hesitate, contact with us!
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