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AGV Types

Counterbalance Fork Vehicles, Unit Load, VNA, Tuggers, and Specialty Vehicles

Dematic AGVs provide reliable, autonomous mobile robotic solutions for where space is at a premium, flexibility is critical and operational efficiency is an imperative.

Dematic AGVs will boost your productivity and reduce product damage, and deliver an automated system that will optimize your facility and deliver positive results. Dematic offers three distinct lines of AGVs:

Standard

– Dematic manufactured standard AGVs, using common chassis and attachment types.

Hybrid/Series/Dual Use

– These vehicles start as standard product KION family of electric manually operated machines that have a full Dematic automation pack installed. This creates a dual-use machine that can operate manually or as a fully-functioning AGV.

Custom

– Depending on your application, Dematic can build an AGV to exactly match your specific needs. This includes side loading AGVs, and other types. If you can imagine it, Dematic can build it.


AGV Types

Unit Load (Deck) AGVs

Vehicles designed to move unit loads at high throughput between workstations in a production environment or between the warehouse and production. These autonomous robots can carry from one to eight unit loads at a time and interface with conveyors, stands, end-of-line equipment (palletizers, wrappers, robots), as well as automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS). 

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Deck automated guided vehicles are designed to move unit loads at high throughput between workstations in a production environment or between the warehouse and production. These autonomous robots can carry from one to eight unit loads at a time and interface with conveyors, stands, end-of-line equipment (palletizers, wrappers, robots), as well as automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS).

Deck AGVs can be equipped with a number of transfer devices to transfer and transport the load:

  • Roller conveyors (single, dual, four positions)
  • Chain conveyors
  • Lift platforms
  • Belt conveyors
  • Shuttle systems

 

Tugger AGVs 

Tugger AGVs pull non-driven carts that receive loads either manually or automatically with an actuated hitch. These types of automated guided vehicles are the most productive AGVs as they are capable of carrying more goods than any other type, with a considerable increase in capacity compared to traditional forklift trucks. 

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Tugger AGVs pull non-driven carts that receive loads either manually or automatically with an actuated hitch. These types of automated guided vehicles are the most productive AGVs as they are capable of carrying more goods than any other type, with a considerable increase in capacity compared to traditional forklift trucks.

A typical tugger vehicle application consists of a regular loop with predetermined stop locations. Every AGV is assigned a set of consecutive stops where operators can add or remove goods and trailers before releasing the vehicle to its next stop. The list of stops is freely and easily configurable at any time.

While the standard vehicle design for tuggers is an unmanned version, when frequent manual interaction is required, a man-aboard tugger version may be used. These tuggers can operate in manual or automatic mode, depending on need.

Tuggers are also used to tow goods between different warehouses within an industrial site. This is possible through the unique multi-mode navigation feature which allows for combining different navigation methods on the same tugger AGV. Automatic transport with tugger vehicles lead to more efficient operations and avoid the heavy traffic of diesel engine trucks.

 

Compact AGV

The Compact AGV was designed from the ground up to be a smaller, less expensive option to a full-size AGV and AGC (Automatic Guided Cart). The modular approach to the design means a faster time to delivery and a variety of attachment configurations (tugger, counterbalance, straddle) to suit a variety of needs. The ‘off-the-shelf’ nature of this product translates to a 75% reduction in time from order to delivery compared to a traditional AGV. Combined with the lower up-front cost, the result is a much faster ROI. With its lower starting cost and smaller size, the Compact AGV can fit in smaller spaces than a standard AGV. 

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The Compact AGV, comes in a variety of attachment configurations to suit a variety of needs. The Compact was designed from the ground up to be a smaller, less expensive option to a full-size AGV and AGC (Automatic Guided Cart). A modular approach to the design means a faster time to market. The ‘off-the-shelf’ nature of this product translates to a 75% reduction in time from order to delivery compared to a traditional AGV. Combined with the lower up-front cost, the result is a much faster ROI.

With its lower starting cost and smaller size, the Compact AGV can fit in smaller spaces than a standard AGV.

The Compact comes in 4 variants:

  • Compact Tugger (possible 4th level link to info on each machine)
    The Compact Tugger vehicle has a 10,000 lbs capacity, far outstripping the AGCs available on the market. With its lower starting cost and smaller size, the Compact can fit in smaller spaces than a standard AGV tugger.
  • Compact CB Fork (possible 4th level link to info on each machine)
    The Compact Counterbalance Fork AGV has a 2500 lb capacity has two fork length options and an optional low clearance mast in addition to its standard 96″ mast. The Compact can fit in smaller spaces than a traditional fork AGV because of its small chassis and short standard mast.
  • Compact Straddle Fork (possible 4th level link to info on each machine)
    The Compact Straddle Fork vehicle has a 3600 lb capacity and a 48″ lift stroke. With its lower starting cost and smaller size, The Compact Straddle can fit in smaller spaces than a standard AGV and fills the niche outside custom and standard AGVs with a lower capacity and mast but a better starting price.
  • Compact Deck (possible 4th level link to info on each machine)

A variety of applications

The Compact AGV is an economical solution for many facility challenges. Thanks to their versatility, the Compact AGV can be used for a wide range of applications:

  • Point to Point
  • Conveyor Transfer
  • Floor Transfer (single- or multi-deep)
  • Single Position Rack Transfer
  • Drive-in Rack Transfer
  • Stand Transfer
  • Flow Rack Transfer
  • Floor Stacking
Standard Features:
  • Off-the-shelf components
  • Manual and automatic vehicle dispatch
  • SICK laser bumper safety system
  • Electric steer/drive assembly
  • Industrial lead-acid batteries
  • PC on-board running Windows®
  • Heavy duty welded steel construction with powder coat finish
  • RF Ethernet (802.11)
  • Tablet user interface (optional upgrade)
  • ANSI B56.5 compliance
  • Easy and fast system installation

 

Counter Balance AGV 

Counter Balance Forklift AGVs automatically pick up and deliver pallets, rolls, carts, containers, and many other transportable loads. Automated guided vehicles with forks are the most common type of AGVs because they are so versatile. The vehicle can also be manually driven off the Guidepath to pick up a load and then placed back on the Guidepath for automatic travel and delivery. Pick up and delivery can be performed at floor level or to high bay storage stacking, deep lane, and conveyors. 

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Counter Balance Forklift AGVs automatically pick up and deliver pallets, rolls, carts, containers, and many other transportable loads. Automated guided vehicles with forks are the most common type of AGVs because they are so versatile. The vehicle can also be manually driven off the Guidepath to pick up a load and then placed back on the Guidepath for automatic travel and delivery. Pick up and delivery can be performed at floor level or to high bay storage stacking, deep lane, and conveyors.

A Variety of Forklift AGV Applications

Forklift automatic guided vehicle systems are the ideal solution for warehouse and distribution areas. Thanks to their versatility, forklift automated guided vehicles can be used for a wide range of applications:

  • Moving loads from receiving to production/warehouse
  • Warehousing (narrow aisle, deep-lane stacking, block storage, racking)
  • Buffer storage
  • End-of-line handling
  • Picking from conveyors, palletizers, stretch wrappers
  • Trailer loading/unloading
  • Transport between production and warehouse

Types of Forklift AGVs

Forklift AGVs come in a variety of styles and models:

  • Narrow Forklift AGV- Lifting forks come over the support legs allowing the AGV to make shorter turns and to transport loads in narrow areas.
  • Straddle Forklift AGV- Support legs are outside the load to provide better support for heavier and taller loads like racks, pallets, and rolls and during higher lifting movements.
  • Reach Forklift AGV- The mast moves forward and backward to pick or drop loads to store pallets and other loads in warehouse racks.
  • Counterbalance Forklift AGV- AGV equipped with extra counterweight to handle heavy loads.
  • Side Lifting Forklift AGV- AGV equipped with sideways positioned forks to store loads in warehouse racks.
  • Dual Fork Forklift AGV- AGV equipped with two pairs of forks to handle two loads simultaneously.

 

Narrow Aisle AGVs 

Narrow aisle forklift AGVs use support legs where the forks come over the support legs, allowing the AGV to make tighter turns and to transport loads in narrow areas.

 

Very Narrow Aisle 

Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) AGVs can increase your storage and decrease your product damage. As a fully automatic AGV, these machines increase your throughput and decrease your labor needs. You can also run the trucks in a manual mode when needed.