The benefits of AGVs in warehousing
With Warehouse demands consistently rising and customers’ expectations at an all-time high for speedy deliveries and accurate orders, distribution centers (DCs) have had to adapt accordingly. Efficient automated systems have been the key to maintaining success for Warehouse managers in recent years and AGVs have proved to be one of the most popular technologies due to their modularity, accuracy and speed. With their ability to transport goods from one location to another like a shuttle, they reduce the labour strain on human workers.
Let’s look at the key advantages AGVs provide for distribution and operational needs in Warehousing:
Increased Accuracy and Productivity
AGV systems are easily combined with current systems in your Warehouse such as palletizing robots and conveyors, making the process relatively straight forward. Not only can AGV’s work 24/7, but they also have the ability to carry out tasks in dangerous areas of the Warehouse in which human workers cannot enter due to harmful fumes etc. Their efficiency and speed in turn reduces maintenance needs and overheads. The use of AGVs cuts out a portion of expenses in the form of wages, training and wasted time.
Having a flexible system to cope with warehouse supply and demand fluctuations is vital. One of the principle benefits of AGV systems is their modularity in terms of expansion. They can begin with a single operating robot and as demand increases they can be easily added to, resulting in a lower initial investment and offering a much smoother implementation when growth is eventually required.
Speedy and complete solution for system redesign
When a Warehouse is faced with restructuring the current order fulfilment workflow, it can be a tedious process and extremely expensive. Attempting to alter the existing supply chain flow while maintaining high productivity standards is a scary task for DC managers. However, the wireless re-routing feature in AGVs means they can be sent to a different track, preventing existing conveyor systems needing renewed. This also eliminates the extra space and re -learning required if a new type of technology were to be introduced.
Guidance and navigation
AGVs typically transport goods from one location to another in a single floor within a Warehouse. They can however be programmed to maneuver lifts and ramps to reach a different floor if necessary. Automated to move like a shuttle, they eliminate the need for pickers to manually carry loads to multiple locations in the DC. One of the greatest benefits of AGVs is the ability to easily change the route to a different final destination and make updates to the system without an entire shutdown.
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AGVs provide major benefits for Warehouses in their pursuit to increase productivity and efficiency in the most resourceful manner. The modular nature of its components allows for ease in growth, while the flexibility of navigation offers the opportunity to make route changes without any hitches in the order fulfilment process.