With these unprecedented times comes ever-increasing customer demand and the drive towards round-the-clock operation. Jungheinrich, as a leading developer and manufacturer of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), is best placed to plan and implement the full or partial automation of your operation.
Intralogistics operations are increasingly taking centre stage as 24/7 operations are the leading response to increasing customer demand. This combined with challenges in labour availability within the UK results in the need to optimise processes, increase efficiency and productivity whilst also reducing costs. Further challenges have arisen due to the Covid pandemic, where the need to social distance has become a real issue in the warehouse, while increasing demand for the fast delivery of goods is putting even more strain on the supply chain. These challenges are accelerating the drive towards automation, but what does it truly entail?
When creating an automated guided vehicle (AGV) solution for your business, we are guided by your specific requirements for your production and working environments. First and foremost, our AGVs enable safe and efficient transport processes. They can transport loads weighing up to 2.5 tons to the designated stations safely, fully automatically and, thanks to laser navigation, with millimetre precision. We supply the AGV in your required configuration, either in conjunction with an inventory management system or as a stand-alone solution. The automated truck solution is tailored to your specific environment so that the AGVs complete your tasks with the utmost reliability – be it actuation of high-speed doors, load changing on conveyor systems or level changes via freight elevators. Our AGVs can be easily integrated into your production environment and used safely in mixed operation.
Our automatic truck solutions combine sophisticated, innovative technology with a vast amount of experience. To identify the right AGV for your needs, we are happy to analyse your individual transport structures to identify the perfect solution with which to optimise your processes. And we will work with you to plan the best possible application of your AGV. Our aim is to save you time and costs, particularly for standardised routine tasks, and to minimise cases of transport damage. When using automated guided vehicles, you benefit from efficient and reliable transport procedures as well as optimum use of your resources. Thanks to our award-wining Jungheinrich Logistics Interface, which is developed entirely in-house, we can easily integrate your AGV with an existing ERP system. We also offer 24/7 support for our logistics systems, with rapid assistance assured via remote access. This allows us to ensure maximum performance and problem-free deployment at all times.
Automatic high-bay warehouses place particularly high demands on your warehouse technology. The complete system is comprised of one or more AGVs, based on a high-rack stacker, along with a rack system, a protective fence including area access control and the warehouse control system (WCS). This is supplemented by supplying systems such as conveyor technology or additional AGVs. Multi-frequency guide wires and transponders in the ground ensure efficient orientation within the aisle. As well as transporting standard pallets, the automatic high-rack stackers can actuate a wide range of peripherals, such as the door to the maintenance area. To enable 24/7 deployment, the energy supply for the automatic high-rack stackers can take the form of rack-mounted busbars. If you opt for an AGV solution, you will reap the benefits of a high-availability system. And if you should ever encounter any problems, we will assist you with our support service for logistics systems, either on-site or via remote access.
If three or more of these indicators describe your operation, then your business would certainly benefit from some form of automation and it would be worth taking advantage of our free consultation to discuss your options further. For more insight into the current range of AGVs available from Jungheinrich, download our AGV flyer which gives an overview of each truck with specs and capabilities, and the environment required to run them successfully.
The introduction of an Automated Guided Vehicle normally requires a high level of preparation on the customer side and is often accompanied by disruptions of the production. In order to avoid this, our AGVs are prepared for their specific application and thoroughly tested regarding their hardware and software prior to their delivery. Therefore, the degree of adaptation during the “hot phase” and possible standstill periods in your warehousing and production area are reduced to a minimum.
On site, the AGVs are easily connected with the customer’s host system by using the award-winning Jungheinich Logistics Interface. This inhouse developed middleware is a so-called plug-in and has already been successfully implemented at over 100 customer plants. Thanks to this high-quality, standardized hardware and software we are able to realize the implementation of your AGV efficiently, while saving resources.
Are you looking to optimize your supply and production processes without any additional effort or costs? That is no problem with our AGVs. They take over all of your routine tasks fully automated.
Through the laser-guided route guidance you can optimize your transport routes and relieve your employees, while increasing efficiency and reliability around the clock. The simple integration into the existing infrastructure allows for flexible use of the AGV models. See for yourself and check out our AGVs in action.
Extensive safety sensors protect man, machine and load. Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) only travel on routes assigned to them. Nevertheless, there may be situations in which an employee inadvertently crosses the route. In this case, the extensive CE-certified safety system will initiate immediate braking. A key component of the system is the personal protection sensors – equipped with a warning and a protection field – which permanently monitor the direct routes of the AGV. If a person enters the warning field, the truck immediately slows down. If the person remains standing, it stops, while a signal is transmitted to the control center indicating the blocking of the truck.
All AGVs are generally fitted with a personal protection scanner in driving direction. Depending on the truck’s speed, the field lengths of the safety area are adjusted. This means the faster the truck moves, the more its warning and protection fields are increased and their surroundings are more proactively scanned.
The Automated Guided Vehicles also detect objects that may be located on the sides of the truck along its path. The side-mounted laser scanners allow for these objects to be detected in advance. In addition, they serve as an additional feature when cornering. The sensors identify objects that could touch the outside of the truck while cornering. If this is the case, they ensure a contactless stop of the truck.
Additional safety is provided with the sensor curtain. The purpose of the sensor curtain is to detect objects above and below the detection level of the personal protection sensor and to avoid a collision with these objects. For example, it can detect pallets and loads that are protruding too far out of the racking. The sensor curtain does not only operate when travelling straight ahead, it also “looks” ahead into the curve.
Regardless of the current phase in our joint project – if planning or realization – Jungheinrich is right by your side if you need assistance. The implementation of the AGVs is ensured by specialists on site.
Are you planning on modernizing your company, such as reconstructing existing production halls or building a completely new plant? We support all of your plans. Regardless of what you need, for example the implementation of racking systems, manual or automated trucks or simply our intralogistics know-how, you can count on us. Especially in the field of Automated Guided Vehicles our system sales personnel are happy to advise and inform you on automation at your premises. Take advantage of our many years of experience and the quality and expertise we provide as a manufacturer of premium goods.
You are already interested in automation and want to know what solution would be the most effective for your business? You already know the areas in which automation shall be implemented and which goods in which amounts need to be transported from station to station? But you are unsure if this will work in reality? We simulate your application on the basis of a CAD layout and a transport matrix provided by you. We will find the best transport routes, the most efficient strategies and the optimal number of Automated Guided Vehicles. As a special feature, you can experience the application of AGV in your warehouse in real time via a 3D simulation.
Regardless of the current phase in our joint project – if planning or realization – Jungheinrich is right by your side if you need assistance. The implementation of the AGV system is ensured by specialists on site. Their tasks include the assembly of the reflectors, the final definition of travel routes and the check of the interfaces to the storage periphery (e. g. fire protection door, conveyor systems etc.) as well as the training of your employees. This ensures that your AGV system is installed within the shortest time possible and with a minimum of disruptions during your operating hours.
4. Service and Support
Our specialists at the central support are familiar with your system and are available when required. Most of the time service issues can be solved via remote control. If necessary, a local after sales technician is sent to you by our support employee for service on site – every day around the clock. You can concentrate on your business while we take care of your logistics system. The fast reaction time of our local customer support minimizes the nonproductive time and guarantees high efficiency in troubleshooting. Thanks to instantly available spare parts we are able to service and repair your system within a few hours. Regular maintenance and safety inspections help us detect early abrasion and guarantee a smoothly running operation of your system.