AGV Systems

Reliable, Autonomous Mobile Robotic Solutions

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. 

What are the benefits of using AGVs?

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.

Dematic AGVs

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.

Compact AGV Family


How does an automated guided vehicle work?

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. 


What is an AGV system?

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.


Dematic AGV Family

Dematic Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are autonomous vehicles designed to transport materials for automated delivery and storage systems. AGVs have a wide variety functions, equally adept in production facilities, warehouses, and distribution centers.


Automated guided vehicles are used for tasks that would typically be handled by forklifts, conveyor systems or manual carts, moving large volumes of material in a repetitive manner. AGVs are used in a variety of applications. They're often used for transporting raw materials such as metal, plastic, rubber or paper.

Efficient, cost-effective movement of materials is an important, and common element in improving operations in many manufacturing plants and warehouses. Because automatic guided vehicles can deliver efficient, cost-effective movement of materials, they can be applied to various industries in standard or custom designs to best suit an industry's requirements. Industries currently utilising AGVs include:

  • Food & Beverage Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemical
  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Packaging Materials
  • Paper and print
  • Warehousing

AGVs were first brought to market in the 1950s and at the time they were simply a tow truck that followed a wire in the floor instead of a rail. Out of this technology came a new type of AGV, which follows invisible UV markers on the floor instead of being towed by a chain.

Over the years the technology has become more sophisticated and today automated vehicles are mainly Laser navigated e.g. LGV (Laser Guided Vehicle). In an automated process, LGVs are programmed to communicate with other robots to ensure the product is moved smoothly through the warehouse, whether it is being stored for future use or sent directly to shipping areas. Today, the AGV plays an important role in the design of new factories and warehouses, safely moving goods to their rightful destination.

Laser-guided vehicles (LGVs) are a flexible automated guided vehicle (AGV) solution. LGVs are a more flexible solution than older forms of AGVs that follow markers or wires in the floor or where navigation is based on following a magnet crumb trail. LGVs can move through a facility on multiple paths and the paths can change as needed.

Each vehicle has one (or more) of these rotating laser sensors that interact with targets (reflective strips of tape) mounted along the path. The laser sensors receive the reflected signals and use that data to triangulate the vehicle's position.

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AER Manufacturing

The Challenge:
AER Manufacturing builds all components and completes final assembly of OEM replacement motors for major automobile manufacturers. AER replaced an aging AGV system with Dematic Compact Tuggers.

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