Dematic has launched a new series of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) that, the company said, offer high accuracy and agile navigation for improved flexibility in the warehouse.
The Table Top, or TT Series, of AGVs is the smallest in Dematic’s range. The units weigh less than 500kg and can carry up to 1500kg. They run on high-performance 24-volt lithium batteries with automatic opportunity charging.
Dematic said the machines’ high-precision navigation of the warehouse floor, combined with its dexterous, flat-surface design, allows it to use any warehouse space, eliminating the need for extensive use of pallet conveyors. And, with a smaller turning circle than a forklift truck it can easily manoeuvre in tight spaces.
Dematic general manager for AGVs Tony Raggio said the robust design of the TT Series means they can withstand the typically challenging environment of a warehouse while providing a 360-degree safety field of protection with automatic sensors, enabling it to co-work with operators and forklifts.
“The TT Series is a game changer for supply chain operations looking to make the most of a smaller warehouse space, with the reliability of a flexible, high-accuracy AGV,” Raggio said.
The TT Series AGV uses laser and natural guidance or floor embedded QR codes to travel around the warehouse. It can travel at speeds of up to 2 metres per second. As operational requirements change, as with all Dematic AGVs, the TT’s paths can be reconfigured.
It has a wide range of possible applications within the warehouse, including point-to-point transfers, conveyor to conveyor, production lines to delivery, robot palletising and picking cells, empty and full pallet handling, raw materials handling and pick & go.
Raggio said the integration of AGVs in warehouses has become increasingly beneficial for industries looking to increase their productivity.
“[They offer] 24/7 operations with incredible accuracy, improved fulfilment efficiency, and reliability to optimise all channels of the supply chain,” Raggio said.
The Dematic AGV Manage Warehouse Control System (WCS) can communicate with any existing WMS of PLC system, as well as connect directly with automatic palletisers and robot cells in the warehouse.
Dematic specialises in building and supporting intelligent, automated systems for manufacturing, warehouse and distribution environments. The company has manufacturing facilities and service centres in more than 25 countries.