[BLOG] The innovation of AGVs for newcomers in Robotics industry

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According to the International Federation of Robotics(IFR), warehouse robots are the biggest growth sector in the professional service robot market, and they expect almost 175,000 warehouse robotics applications will be deployed by 2019.

Warehouse robotics including Indoor/outdoor warehouse robotics, palletizing, shipping, packaging, material handling and others are included in industrial robots.

Above all, AGVs, Automated Guided Vehicles, have recently dominated over 80% of the warehousing robot industry.

What is an AGV(Automated Guided Vehicle)?  

AGV’s are an automated (or self-guided) vehicle which automatically tracks the designated route in a manufacturing assembly line or work environment.  AGV technology is a seamless way in which mobile robotics can control material handling or work process flow without the limitations of hard and fixed delivery methods

A lot of global companies have been adapting AGV’s machines for a more flexible process scenario.

– Mongkutwattana General Hospital in Bangkok – Nurse robots act as a nurse’s aide with health documents & patient tasks

– Amazon – Postman robots will deliver parcels & packages to residence 24hrs a day

– John Deere – Using AGVs for Tractor cab assembly process conveyance

Technavio research market survey announced that the Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV’s) market will reach up to 2.68 Billion (USD) by 2022 since the needs of AGV’s in material handling processes have grown for a variety of industries: Automotive, food & beverages, aerospace, pharmacy & beauty, and logistics. AGV’s will be an essential key in the actualization of Industry 4.0.  in the flexible manufacturing environment.

The benefits of AGVs 

With the fast-growing AGV market, many business owners and decision makers might ask themselves ” How can my organization benefit from the deployment of an AGV solution in my manufacturing facility or in my work process flow”

1. Imagine….. no forklifts

AGV payloads and speeds are quickly starting to surpass the requirement of forklift capital expenditure, hiring operators and traffic congestion on the manufacturing floor. AGV deployment can solve all these issues and run 24/7 without any fixed cost such as healthcare coverage, salary, vacation time and other investment which you need to provide to employees.

2. Ease of Integration & Reduced Operational Costs

Once the AGV integration process has been started, scaling up to meet new demands is less costly due to the fact they don’t require hard and fixed features.  Deployment is more to do with software and communication than it does with physical installations & parameters.

3.  Improve Safety

AGVs were built with safety in mind. All other forms of equipment which are controlled by human such as forklifts which lead to human error and possible accidents. However, the AGV applications programmed with full arrays of sensors and cameras can be stopped immediately when a potential hazard of the accident is about to take place.

AGVs are a very good fit for hazardous environments and repetitive tasks where humans may be desensitized to the dangers over the course of a workday or week.

AGVs, the key of 4.0 Industry and Smart Manufacturing

Automated material handling devices have been evolving for a long time, and with the presence of Industry 4.0 plus Smart manufacturing, AGVs are becoming seamless workhorses in the warehouses and manufacturing today. As we’ve already mentioned above, AGVs are absolutely valuable machines in the Material Handling market which can increase productivity and profitability in many industries.

Are you ready to be involved in 4.0 Industry and Smart manufacturing faster than any other competitors?

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