Automated Guided Vehicles | Portland, OR

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Raymond West is a Portland warehouse automation equipment supplier.

We offer sales, repair and service for many types of AGVs.

Call us today at (800) 675-2500.

What is an AGV?

Sometimes described as self-guided vehicles or autonomous guided vehicles, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are material handling systems or goods carriers that move autonomously across the ground surfaces of a warehouse, factory or distribution center, without an onboard driver.

What are Automated Guided Vehicles used for?

Standard AGV applications include storage and retrieval in storage facilities and DCs, normally in support of order picking. They are additionally put to use for transportation of raw materials, work-in-process, and finished goods in factories.

What are some of the primary benefits of Self Guided Vehicles?

  1. Lowered Labor Costs: AGVs can substantially reduce labor expenses. A one time cost can get rid of the continuous costs of salaries, taxes, and benefits related to a full time employee.
  2. Increased Safety: contemporary AGVs utilize advanced electronic cameras, lasers, or other sensors that allow them to "see" and respond to their surroundings at lightning speed. Humans can become fatigued or distracted, whereas machines do not. AGVs can also be utilized in harsh conditions or around dangerous materials where individual safety is endangered.
  3. Increased Productivity & Accuracy: AGVs can work 24 x 7, never needing breaks or becoming tired. They can make distant treks across a warehouse effortlessly. They likewise do not make the types of mistakes that humans are prone to making.
  4. Modularity: most AGV solutions can be put into place gradually, displacing a few workers incrementally without a massive capital outlay up front. As automation requirements increase, more AGVs can quickly be introduced to the operation.

How do AGVs work?

AGVs are directed by a combination of sensor-based supervision systems and bundled software. They can navigate securely through a storage or manufacturing facility by using barrier detection bumpers and following thoroughly defined paths, while utilizing precisely regulated acceleration and deceleration.

AGV navigation is generally handled by one of these categories of systems:

  • Vision guidance: cameras record the AGV's surroundings, and the vehicles use these recorded videos to get around. Vision guidance is standalone, meaning no adjustment is needed to a production facility or warehouse infrastructure for this type of navigation.
  • Laser target navigation: with laser based equipment, reflective tape is affixed to pallet racks, wall surfaces, poles and other stationary bodies. AGVs use laser transmitters to rebound laser beams off of these reflectors and and then utilize the proximity and angle of items to maneuver.
  • LiDAR: LiDAR systems transmit laser pulses to measure the space between the AGV and articles in its vicinity. This data is utilized to develop a comprehensive map of the surroundings. Like vision guidance, no adjustment of a facility is needed.
  • Inertial navigation: transponders embedded into a building's floor surface route AGVs along a specified path.
  • Wired navigation: these systems employ wire paths embedded into a warehouse or factory flooring. The wire sends a signal that an AGV detects by means of a sensor or antenna system.
  • Magnetic guide tape: this style of AGV uses magnetic sensing units and conforms to a path laid out by magnetic tape.

What are the various kinds of Autonomous Guided Vehicles?

There are numerous kinds of automated guided vehicles. Lots of AGVs are similar to other human-operated vehicles yet are designed to function in the absence of continuous human supervision or assistance.

  • Forklift AGVs: forklift automatic guided vehicles are a frequently utilized kind of AGV in warehouses. They're built to transport pallets without the assistance of a human worker.
  • Automated Guided Carts: an automated guided cart is probably the most fundamental type of AGV. They can carry all kinds of materials, from pallets to small items. AGCs are often utilized in storage, sorting, and cross-docking applications.
  • Tugger AGVs: towing, or "tugger" AGVs tug unpowered, payload-carrying carts behind them in a train-like arrangement. These types of automated guided vehicles are typically utilized for transferring heavy loads over long spans. Sometimes they are set to make numerous dropoffs and pickups along their course.
  • Unit Load Handlers: unit load handlers carry solitary payloads like specific items, or a discrete pallet or tote.
  • Heavy Burden Carriers: these are used for exceptionally heavy payloads like castings, coils or plates.

Automated Guided Vehicle Supplier Near Me

If you'd like a complete analysis of AGV possibilities for your warehouse, DC or production center, you can talk with a professional at Raymond West.

Raymond's Portland service operation includes all of Western Oregon and Southwest Washington, including Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Sherwood, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Oregon City, Gladstone, Clackamas, Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Gresham, Troutdale, Woodburn, Salem, Vancouver, Ridgefield, Longview, Kelso and surrounding areas.

Raymond West | Portland Material Handling Equipment Supplier

3148 NE 181st Ave
Portland, OR 97230
(800) 675-2500