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At a time when spiraling business and manufacturing costs mean smarter, leaner solutions are required to make businesses more competitive, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are more cost effective than ever.
AGVs increase productivity, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without taking a break and reducing time wasted by waiting or late deliveries. Less product damage is another advantage: AGVs are controlled with an accuracy of +\- 15mm so materials are always delivered on time and to the right position. Other benefits associated with an AGV System implementation are increased efficiency and improved inventory accuracy, along with improved safety.
It costs approximately 1.50 in electricity to run an AGV for 24 hours! This AGV will deliver pallets, products or materials from A to B all day long, what can be more cost effective and greener than that?
When it comes to Return On Investment (ROI), the main direct cost saving is labour: a valuable resource that can be utilised more effectively in other areas. The typical ROI can be recovered within 2-3 years. It is not uncommon for an AGV system to last for more than 20 years.
Soft Design and our electro-mechanical sister company, Atab, have launched a new range of laser guided AGVs using our own unrivalled AGV Electronics (SONIX) and MAX AGV Control System. The new range includes the FX (forklift type) pallet handler and the CX (conveyor-loading) for warehouse, production and end-of-line facilities. The RX20 (reel handler) has already proved to be highly successful in many newspaper applications in the UK.
About Soft Design AB: Soft Design is a leading Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) supplier based in Gothenburg, Sweden, with over 20 years of experience in the AGV business. Soft Design/Atab have the rights to over 12,000 AGVs worldwide and over 300 in the UK. Soft Design delivers the high quality AGV manufacturing that is associated with Swedish suppliers.