Dematic is the leading manufacturer and supplier of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) globally.
Our vehicles for the Asia Pacific region are manufactured at our Sydney Australia facility, and we provide service and support region-wide. Dematic analyses your current operation, suggests and supplies solutions for transport, interface, loading, unloading and routing. We supply fully integrated automation solutions for every application, delivering the best value possible.
AGV Systems offer many advantages relative to other types of antiquated material handling systems. These benefits include:
Predictable, reliable, automatic operation
Automated interfaces with other systems
Reduced handling damage through improved positioning
Reduced operating and maintenance cost of material handling
Possible 24/7 operation
Efficient long-distance movements
Flexibility to changes in material handling requirements
Creates an ergonomic, safe environment
Easily expandable layout and system capacity for maximum flexibility
AGVs are used in a variety of industries to transport and store all kinds of products and materials all without human intervention. Equally at home in factories, warehouses, distribution centres, and shipping areas, AGVs are a safe and secure way to increase process efficiency and improve business profitability;. They automatically lift, rotate, and shift your goods, fetch and carry loads to and from racking, store and retrieve in block-stack or deep-stack lanes up to 10.7 m high, transport loads over long distances, and can deliver and collect loads to and from a wide range of conveyors, processing machines, palletising systems and automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS).
Thanks to their accuracy and safety features, AGVs create a safer working environment, with no accidental collisions and zero damage to product loads. They also strictly comply with and exceed the demands of international safety standards.
AGV systems provide a safe and cost-effective alternative to manually transporting goods, especially sensitive or hazardous products, and are suitable for materials handling applications in harsh conditions including outdoors and in cold stores.
Automated Guided vehicles have long been recognised as a successful solution to automatically move material to, from, and through manufacturing facilities, warehouses, distribution centres, and everywhere in-between. They have been accomplishing this for over half a century. One of the most apparent values of AGVs is that they replace non-value-added repetitive material movement.
AGVs have been known by an alphabet soup of names, and companies have tried to stand out in the crowd with their own branded versions. Some examples include LGV (laser-guided vehicle), SGV (self- guided vehicle), AGC (automatic guided cart), or even EGV (Egemin guided vehicle).
These brandings generally are a subset of the whole of what AGVs are. Think of a classroom being a subset of a whole school, and likewise, an LGV is a subset of AGVs, being that they only use laser guidance for navigation.
Automated guided vehicles are fully automated vehicles that are able to transport loads (i.e., packets, materials, and/or products) in a logistic or production factory environment.
Automatic Guided Vehicles, AGVs are driverless, computer-controlled material-handling vehicles. These vehicles are programmed to transport materials through designated pickup and delivery routines within a facility.
Sensors for Safety
AGVs can, and typically do, work alongside human operators, with sensors to identify and stop when in proximity to humans or machinery that cross their paths. When sensors detect an object in the guide path, the AGV first slows and then stops, depending on the distance to the object.
An AGV (or automated guided vehicle) system is the collection of automated vehicles undertaking tasks within a production or warehousing operation.
AGV systems transmit information concerning system status, inventory tracking and system controls to a dispatching system. The system incorporates one or more AGVs to move material automatically, following predefined paths, for optimum operation and throughput. Today laser guidance is the preferred method of navigation.
These systems can be used for distributing manufactured products to storage locations or as an inter-process system between various production machines. They transport requests for loads from a factory management system or machine operating software and instruct AGVs to execute transports.