As today’s business landscape evolves, enhancing productivity and efficiency has never been more critical. Many manufacturers and distributors are turning to new automated technology to manage their material handling processes. These new automated systems are well-suited for mixed operations and can be integrated with industrial equipment lifts that are already part of your production.
Connecting Lifting Equipment with AGVs
As an industry-leading innovator, Autoquip is setting the standard in improving industrial operations by integrating advanced lifting equipment, like our scissor lifts and Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRCs), with Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). This dynamic pairing forms a complete and interconnected material handling system that raises the productivity bar while increasing efficiency.
AGVs are material handling units or load carriers that travel autonomously throughout a warehouse, manufacturing facility, or distribution center without an onboard operator. AGVs usually travel along a predefined route to perform activities that would typically be handled by a forklift, conveyor, or manual cart. They’re well-suited for interacting with industrial lifts to handle loading and unloading tasks, including moving raw materials, supplies, and pallets of finished products. Let’s learn more about how connecting industrial lifts and AGVs can help your business be more productive!
Creating New Workflows
We help our customers develop new, more streamlined workflows by integrating their lifts with systems that are essential for warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing applications.
Today’s AGVs can be configured to interface with your lift and perform specific actions that eliminate the need for employees to perform repetitive tasks. And thanks to sophisticated navigational sensors, AGVs can also be programmed to travel between floors and departments, minimizing bottlenecks and maximizing productivity.
Automated Lift Interaction
AGVs can be instructed to approach VRCs or scissor lifts to pick up materials and initiate the lifting process. For example, as an AGV approaches a VRC, the lift sequence can be automatically triggered. The lift then lowers into position to receive a load from the AGV. Once the transfer is complete, the AGV returns to its route and travels to another equipment station to perform the next task.
The foundation of this amazing synergy is the complex process of integrating lifting equipment control systems with AGV control and communication protocols. Once the Autoquip team establishes connectivity between a lift and an AGV unit, the protocols facilitate the AGVs’ approach to the lifts, initiation of the lifting sequence, and the safe transport of materials across the facility.
Autoquip has worked with several customers to establish connectivity between their lifts and AGV units. Our advanced integration techniques create flawless interoperability, minimizing downtime, avoiding the risk of damage or loss, and ensuring reliable performance throughout the material handling process.
Autoquip: The Integration Experts
We have extensive experience creating complete solutions where our lifts and AGVs work together, resulting in exceptional outcomes for our customers. This innovative integration option can help you reduce labor costs, monitor production trends, streamline inventory and storage management, and improve safety and profitability, all while leveraging your existing equipment and staff. And our team is ready to partner with you to make it happen!
The future of material handling lies in systems that operate as an integrated whole rather than separate components, and Autoquip is leading the way. Reach out today for a free quote, and let’s discuss how AGV integration can enhance the way you work!