Modern Materials Handling: AGVs gain in flexibility and applications

Modern Materials Handling: AGVs gain in flexibility and applications

From Modern Materials Handling:

There are more similarities than differences between AMRs and AGVs today, says Michael Fleming, product manager of AGV and AMR solutions for MHS Global, a provider of materials handling automation solutions. While much is made of the fact that most AGVs use some type of guidance infrastructure like reflectors, Fleming points out that this infrastructure is typically used to aid in “localization” and AGVs still have on-board intelligence and sensing that help them navigate and operate safely.

“Today, there isn’t that much difference in terms of what they can do or even in how they navigate,” says Fleming. “The bigger difference comes down to the mentality of how the solutions are deployed and work. AMR solutions are more task focused, decentralized and autonomous, and the vendors tend to work directly with the end users, including providing them with fleet software. The AGV vendors and their solutions tend to be more centralized and fleet focused. They also tend to hold on to the fleet software and make changes to the system for the user, sometimes with an integrator involved.”

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