Mar 13, 2015

Leading the Market in Heavy-Load Automatic Guided Vehicle Innovations

Leading the Market in Heavy-Load Automatic Guided Vehicle Innovations

FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. (March 13, 2015)

—Jervis B. Webb Company – a subsidiary of Daifuku North America Holding Company and a leading provider of material handling solutions – leads the industry in custom-made heavy-load Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) that are capable of automatically picking up and moving materials that weigh up to 250,000 pounds.  Webb continues to be a leading innovator with its latest multi-independent steer drive design, which allows heavy-duty AGVs to effortlessly steer through a facility.  Two to four axles are available to handle the heaviest of loads.  The four independent all-electric steer drive option allows the vehicle to move in a sideways direction, referred to as “crab lateral travel”.

Companies that handle loads of this magnitude often rely on AGVs to safely maneuver through manufacturing and warehousing facilities, and even outdoors.  Webb offers a complete line-up of customized AGVs that move loads ranging from 20,000 – 250,000 pounds.  Examples of materials with this mass may include dies, ingots, casks, oversized containers, fixtures, or pallets. Webb also provides a full range of guidance technology including inertial guidance, laser guidance and magnetic tape.

“Our heavy-load AGV controls system provides enhanced diagnostics that are easy to understand,” said Aki Nishimura, President of Daifuku North America Holding Company.  “The system writes information to an intuitive data recorder, which allows maintenance technicians to quickly evaluate the performance and operation of AGVs and make quick adjustments.  Classes are available at both Webb and on-site for our customers, teaching them how to work with this data.”

Webb’s AGV models share a common modular design, such as steer drive and vehicle control modules.  This common design is beneficial as it provides companies with a convenient and affordable way to keep their systems up and running during their long life cycle. It allows for easy upgrading of vehicle components later in life.

Webb also designs, engineers and manufactures the SmartCart® Automatic Guided Cart (AGC) system to handle lighter loads.  The Vehicle platforms are identical and the same tools are available for both heavy-load AGVs and SmartCart AGCs, giving customers the ability to modify their own systems.  The tools are interchangeable with robotic platforms as well, providing additional convenience of servicing an integrated system.  With the commonality of modular design and Webb’s 24/7 quick support, downtime is minimized with little disruption to production in a plant or throughput in a warehouse.

“Companies that use our SmartCart AGCs and heavy-load AGVs appreciate the ease of making their own system upgrades,” said Rob Schmit, President of Jervis B. Webb Company.  “An added benefit of our SmartPanel PLC control system is that it interfaces with other automation systems which streamline an operation’s material handling needs.  We realize the demands that our customers face every day and we are continuously developing innovative ways to make them more efficient.”

About Jervis B. Webb Company

Jervis B. Webb Company is a subsidiary of Daifuku North America Holding Company , a leading developer of innovative material handling technology such as Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS), conveyors , baggage handling systems , bulk handling systems , cleanroom systems and airport maintenance services. Daifuku North America consists of Daifuku America Corporation , Jervis B. Webb Company , Elite Line Services , Logan Teleflex, Inc., and Wynright Corporation.   Daifuku North America specializes in the design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and service of integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, semiconductor, LCD equipment, food/beverage, bulk, warehousing and manufacturing industries. Daifuku North America is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., with manufacturing locations throughout North America.