Robots Helping Out
Typically when I think of an automated guided vehicle (AGV) I think of a robot that is mobile by the means of wheels. However, wheels do not have to be the only medium of travel for automated guided vehicles. Besides wheels, the conveyance or transportation of the AGV can be by tacks, runners or some other system that the vehicle is guided on or with. Today and growing everyday is the popularity of AGV in a wide variety of industries. There are several types of material handling robots that are designed to take care of whatever requirement your industry needs and those are: unit load vehicles, fork trucks, towing, assembly line and light load vehicles.
With popularity growing some tasks that the AGV material handling robots are responsible for are jobs that are dangerous for humans or jobs that need to be completely sterile. Often times, material handing robots can do the same tasks in a more speedy and proficient manner, while having more consistency. The easiest task that I can visualize is material handling robots on the assembly lines at an automotive plant. In addition, they can be found doing welding, warehouse organization, spray painting and more.
The most common use for material handling AGV is in warehouses where they can organize, transport and assist in receiving or delivery of products. Because they are robots the weight, arduousness, volume and operational time are of less concern than if a human were to do the same task. In addition, you do not have to pay the robot a wage, maintenance is all that they require. From the list above, could your industry use a material handling robot? If so would you use one or multiple and could it help your business thrive in terms of operational cost, efficiency and output of your products?