Automated Guided Vehicles for the production industry
The benefits of AGV's are many:
better warehousing efficiency, streamlined logistics management, limited labour costs, increased delivery speeds, streamlined logistics management, superior overall warehousing efficiency, heightened product quality, and reduced risk of workplace injury, to name just a few.
When integrated into facility automation and control systems, AGV's become integral to achieving digitalisation and smart factory goals.
Our standard to your needs
Our standard is manufactured to your facility and your industry-needs. From tailor-made engineering up to the electrical, mechanical and software afterlife,
our team designs the right solution for you.
Custom automatic load transfer decks
Digital production twin
Virtual commissioning permits simulating capacity and validating the DROIDS in a virtual environment beforehand. This to confirm that they will work as expected and significantly reduce system installation cost and start-up time.
The SIMOVE automation platform by Siemens is a standardised solution of AGV application, which uses standard automation and drives components plus tailored application software. As a result, it makes system extension easy via open interfaces and third-party integration with navigation software.
This platform offers a dashboard for KPI-monitoring, determining the optimal dispatch order per AGV, route information including the status and location of each AGV, system alarms and equipment diagrams. It integrates several AGV disciplines into one common system: combining automation and navigation on one common hardware platform; using appropriate operating systems such as Linux for PC-based navigation and control on the PLC for automation; and integrated safety supporting PROFIsafe.
Different track guided navigations
Each situation poses its unique challenges
Combining various guiding navigations can be preferable in some situations.
In addition to the classical track guided navigation systems, Simultaneous Localisation & Mapping (SLAM) offers a more flexible solution.
Simultaneous Localisation & Mapping
SLAM, natural feature navigation
Localisation and mapping can be feature-based or gridmap-based. The former engages with a map of features present in the environment that can be used for navigation and offers the best accuracy while being the least computational and memory-demanding.
When path-planning is preferred or even required, gridmap presents a more advantageous solution.
Keep track of your droids
With fleet management, you stay on top of system states such as alerts, KPI-calculations, energy meters, shift management, material track and trace, predictive maintenance, etc.
Fleet management can be PC- or PLC-based.