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AGV’s Meet the Growing Demand for Logistics Applications

Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) refer to a range of driverless transportation robots – for example, computer-controlled materials handling vehicles. These vehicles are programmed to transport materials through designated pickup and delivery routines within a facility.

The AGV sector is constantly expanding, and these machines are commonly used in fields such as logistics and intralogistics. 

Explains Martin Broglia, Managing Director for Bonfiglioli Australia New Zealand: “AGVs answer to the call by modern manufacturers. Rather than using team members to transport goods and materials, AGVs are now entrusted as a fluid, efficient, safe, and precise way to do so.”

The vehicles are programmed to transport materials through designated pickup and delivery routes within a facility.

While the term ‘driverless’ may seem ahead of our time, Martin says that this is simply not the case. “This technology is advanced however it is easily accessible, scalable and modular – making it suitable to a range of applications, companies and sectors” he adds.

Logistics (and centralising logistics) is integral to the success of almost every business. Explains Martin: “Moving products along the supply chain is the most important aspect of any product-driven business. By doing so efficiently, businesses improve their profitability, customer satisfaction and productivity.”

COVID-19 continues to accelerate the need for reshoring and shorter supply chains, putting strain on a business’s bottom line. “Bringing manufacturing home (and improving logistics) requires careful planning. One would need to hire more resources, invest in more technology, and dedicate a significant amount of time to the process. Based on this, we anticipate an uptick in the demand for AGV’s; staff can focus on adding value to the business, whilst AGVs seamlessly handle the transporting of goods.”

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