Boost Production of Your Assembly Lines with Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV)
Having a flexible line will definitely help to boost your production and reduce your cost. But, how to make a truly assembly line? It is by using automated guided vehicles (AGV) as the assembly line itself. So, instead of using floor chain, moving mat, and others, we are substituting them with AGVs.
The AGVs will carry the initial goods or partially processed goods through out the production line and operators for each phase will perform the necessary works before the AGVs move to the next phase.
The AGVs can be used to:
- Bring materials to the production lines such as raw materials and work in progress (WIP) materials.
- Transport the finished products from the production lines to the warehouse.
- Manage the warehouse for raw materials, WIP products, and finished products.
Advantages of Using AGV in Production Line?
In using traditional method, the flow of the production has to follow the production line that has been setup. With AGV, the flow of the production can be changed easily by setting up the phases in each AGV.
By using AGV as assembly line, adding new phase is as easy adding extra AGV for that phase. Compared to the traditional line which we need to create more space and constructions, using AGV reduces cost and time in accomplishing this.
Moving your assembly line is now as easy as moving your AGV to other parts. There are no deconstruction and reconstruction of assembly line necessary.
- Software Advantage
AGVs are highly available to be integrated with automation software and thus, making it to be much easier to implement as compared to the traditional assembly line.
- Reduce Safety Cost
By using AGVs, we can reduce the cost related to risks operated by humans. AGVs can be installed with safety sensors to ensure that it will only move to certain areas and do not cross certain areas.