By now, most of us are familiar with the benefits of integrating Autonomous Guided Vehicles into motion control plans. AGVs play a vital role in systemizing and automating throughput in various industries, specifically those that have integrated end-to-end load-handling systems, allowing AGVs to run continuously.
Solving motion control problems has always been SEW-Eurodrive’s primary focus. “Inspiration for our ideas comes from our customers,” says Brendan Daniels, Chief Design Engineer. “When we are onsite at a clients’ facility, they may unwillingly discuss problems that, in their opinion, are unsolvable. That’s what motivates us to innovate and find a solution”.
The fundamental design principles of an AGV are to autonomously shuttle payloads across a factory or warehouse setting with little or no human intervention. However, AGVs have limitations in the final stages of throughput, specifically when the palletized finished goods are being loaded into a trailer, where space between pallets is slim. This is traditionally handled by a forklift and human operator.