May 7, 2014

Building the Faster, Safer AGV

Modern Materials Handling, Blog – Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor

“I won’t say that your typical AGV moves at a snail’s pace. But, at 60 meters per minute – about 2.2 miles per hour – you don’t implement AGVs for speed. You implement them to automate predictable movements from point to point that add little or no value to an operation. Safety is a big reason they don’t move faster: since AGVs often share the road with lift trucks and workers on foot, it’s important to limit their speed. “That also limits productivity,” says Toshisada Mariyama, an assistant manager with Daifuku in Japan.” Continue reading