An Automatic Guided Vehicles System (AGVS) is an excellent alternative to conveyors when fixed path routing doesnt work. AGVs work on demand, reduce fork lift traffic and minimize manual handling.
At Tenneco, tow AGVs pull two or three trailers, each carrying pallet loads. The AGVs are routed by the virtual path guidance system. Virtual path guidance requires no in-floor wiring and can easily be revised using AutoCAD software. Running at speeds up to 200 feet per minute, these agile tow AGVs can negotiate narrow aisles and tight radius turns. They carry two pallets per trailer with each load weighing between 300-500 pounds.
Using one of the data entry terminals located around the facility, an operator calls for an AGV. The next available AGV automatically stops at the load station and the operator pushes the load onto a trailer. The AGV moves on to the next requesting station or goes directly to shipping.
At shipping, a powered transfer unloads the trailers. After one load is transferred the AGV indexes forward to unload the second trailer.
The AGVs are designed to run manually as well as automatically. The vehicle can be removed at any point and reentered anywhere along the path.
AGVs can run 24 hours a day and batteries can be easily changed out.
For Tenneco, Dematic created an automated guided vehicle solution that makes pallet handling efficient and productive.