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AGV Handling Robot: Key to the Intelligent Manufacturing Trend of Modern Factories

With the gradual increase in labor costs, the profit of the manufacturing industry is becoming thinner. In addition to the intensified competition in the global market, factories must find more low-cost ways to complete production tasks. In the new manufacturing environment, there is a higher demand for automation, not only to optimize the efficiency of the production line but also to achieve real-time monitoring and improve the ability of flexible production to meet the needs of customers for customized new products.

Labor has many shortcomings in modern manufacturing, such as some low-end jobs where younger generations are not willing to do repetitive work. In some heavy work, human physical strength is limited, and moving large objects will reduce the efficiency of the production line. From a safety perspective, many scenes in the manufacturing industry are full of harmful gases, sharp objects, and dirty and messy environments, which can easily cause harm to workers. Compared with this, autonomous service robot shows great advantages in the manufacturing industry. In some environments, AGV warehouse logistics robots can complete production tasks more smoothly than people.

Understanding AGV warehouse logistics robots

The most common application of AGV currently is AGV handling robots or AGV carts, which mainly focus on automatic logistics handling and transportation. AGV handling robots automatically transport items to specified locations through special landmark navigation. The most common guidance methods are magnetic strip guidance and laser guidance, and the most advanced and scalable is the ultra-high frequency RFID guidance developed by MiClym Technology. Magnetic strip guidance is the most commonly used and cost-effective method, but there are certain limitations in station settings and it has some influence on the decoration style of the site. Laser guidance is the most expensive and requires high site requirements, so it is generally not used. RFID guidance has a moderate cost, high guidance accuracy, more convenient station settings to meet the most complex station layout, and no influence on the overall decoration environment of the site. Moreover, RFID has high security and stability, which magnetic strips and laser guidance do not have.

AGV robots improve manufacturing flexibility in warehouse logistics

Today, a new generation of automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), or material handling robots, have emerged that can operate in complex production environments using navigation and positioning technologies such as lasers and vision sensors. Typically, reprogramming or route planning can enable AGVs to perform new tasks. Furthermore, these AGVs are networked and optimized for the best paths to complete tasks in less time, ultimately saving operating costs.

In multi-level warehouse units within flexible production line systems, AGV robots primarily handle material handling and transportation, such as storage and retrieval operations. AGV material handling robots can achieve automatic loading and unloading, workstation, and shelf access 24/7, fully adapting to job requirements that involve long work hours, high volume handling, complex transport routes, and heightened flexibility. With their appealing design, smooth elevation, sturdy durability, and flexible operation, AGV robots are extensively favored by enterprises. Automated AGV unmanned vehicles are more commonly used as material handling increases.

With the rise of intelligent manufacturing, the trend towards automation and intelligence in the factory is unstoppable, with robotic warehouse systems in logistics playing a critical role. Typically, AGV material handling robots can interact with manufacturing execution systems to achieve error prevention, traceability, and other functions. AGV material handling robots can better integrate into intelligent manufacturing systems, achieving product component transportation across all production stages, and ensuring the entire production line operates at the highest efficiency.

Increasingly more enterprises are choosing AGV warehouse logistics robots

In recent years, many manufacturing industries have begun to apply smart robots to replace manual labor as AI has continued to develop. Especially popular recently, AGV material handling robots are now used in many service robotics markets. So why are more and more enterprises choosing AGV material handling robots?

First, industrial intelligence has matured. However, automated industrial equipment still needs improvement and refinement. New automated equipment involves a wide range of fields. Once introduced, new standards and technologies become important initiatives to promote industrial progress in Industry 4.0. Traditional warehouses and factories have always consumed a lot of manpower for material handling, with low efficiency and frequent errors. AGV vehicles ensure high efficiency, and accurate handling, do not require any additional hardware or conveyor equipment, and do not damage any products or equipment.

AGV warehouse robots for logistics on the market are mainly used for enterprise and factory material handling, avoiding the hazards of manual handling, and can accurately and reliably transport in dark environments. Basic labor can be completed by AGVs, and in industries such as medicine, food, chemicals, heavy industry, and optoelectronics, the application of AGVs is also highly valued.

Enterprises using intelligent warehouse mobile robots properly can effectively improve working conditions and the environment, improve levels of automated manufacturing production, efficiently liberate labor, eliminate outdated traditional production processes and equipment, save manpower, material, and financial resources, create a human-friendly production environment, and establish a good corporate image. While obtaining good economic benefits for enterprises, good social benefits are also achieved.

Application of AGV warehouse logistics robots

AGV handling robots currently mainly focus on material handling in manufacturing industries. In manufacturing applications, AGVs efficiently and accurately complete material handling tasks with flexibility. Multiple AGVs can form a flexible logistics handling system, and the handling route can be adjusted in a timely manner with the adjustment of the production process flow, allowing a production line to manufacture more than a dozen products and greatly improving production flexibility and competitiveness. As a fundamental handling tool, AGV's application extends to industries such as mechanical processing, home appliance manufacturing, microelectronics manufacturing, and tobacco, making production and processing the most widely used field for AGV applications.

As an important driver of intelligent manufacturing, robots are penetrating traditional industries and becoming the focus of transformation and upgrade of the manufacturing industry. In addition, while the market is booming, the practical application requirements of enterprises for AGV are also diverse, with characteristics such as various flexible manufacturing applications, expanded application industries and environments, and complex application environments.

In response to the diverse application scenarios in different industries, the Jinyuan Shu delivery robot company is able to equip AGV warehousing and logistics robots of various types and with different load capacities. Through continuous research and development investment, it extends the product line based on the core technology of laser autonomous navigation without a reflective board. Its automatic non-tag navigation technology satisfies the requirements of flexibility, efficiency, safety, and human-machine interaction and has been widely applied in multiple industries. In addition, its scheduling system can involve different vehicle types, links, operation requirements, and types in a large-scale scenario. In the future, intelligent AGVs will not simply transport goods to designated locations, but incorporate 5G technology, big data, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and other technologies into product design, making intelligent AGVs a new type of intelligent industrial equipment with real-time sensing, safety recognition, multiple obstacle avoidance, intelligent decision-making, and automatic execution functions.

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