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Leading Automatic Guided Vehicles Suppliers & Manufacturers

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

MIWA Robotics is your trusted partner in designing, building, and supporting intelligent automated robots in warehouse. We help companies like yours power the future of commerce in manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. Here you can find several types of automated guided vehicles to meet your needs.



Equipment components

Components that most AGVs have in common include: traction motors, traction batteries, a computer interface and payload interface. Traction motors assist in movement, while traction batteries provide the power. Usually, these are lithium iron phosphate batteries. The computer lets the main control processor contact the AGV and give it instructions. The payload interface is the material handling component. Examples include: conveyors, forks and loading decks.


How to use it

To use AGVs, you just need to program it and send it on its way. If it is to be guided by mechanisms like wires or tape, you need to install those first. A simple system is capable of functioning independently with little or no intervention. A complex system with multiple AGVs in one warehouse may require the supervision of an operator to ensure that the units do not malfunction during production.


Benefits

AGVs offer many benefits, including: minimal human operation, fewer injuries, efficiency and a high return on investment. It may need to be adjusted or corrected from time to time, but the operation is minimal. Unlike a worker who would become exhausted after a long shift or have to risk being injured in some work settings, an automatic guided vehicle system can operate continuously without being affected by harmful chemicals or heavy workloads.


The cost of fabricating and installing an automatic guided system varies greatly from one application to the next since specialized applications may require more programming and equipment. The upfront cost of engineering, manufacturing and programming a free-range system can be very high, but over time it will add efficiency and save on labor costs.



Because of the many benefits of using automatic guided vehicles in an industrial facility, many manufacturers often see a strong return on their initial investment, even when taking into account the high cost that they pay up front.


Design and customization

When designing your custom AGV system, AGV manufacturers consider all of your application specifications, including: the type of loads to be moved, the sizes and shapes of loads to be moved, the motions required (lifting, loading, assembling, towing, etc.), the size of the facility, the layout of the facility and client budget.


Using these considerations, they pick out system details like: AGV type, guiding mechanism type and AGV programming. For example, during manufacturing, or even later on, manufacturers may program an AGV to perform maneuvers like spinning, moving laterally, raising and lowering and so on.

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