The Automation Group has launched the iCart AGV, which uses guidance and communications technology to move around the warehouse with no operator involvement.
It is one metre long, the width of a PC keyboard, and can carry up to 500kg into areas where conventional materials handling equipment can’t operate.
iCart applications claim to be simple to design, install, operate and reconfigure, without time-consuming and complex engineering and installation work.
It uses Smart-Track, a new system featuring robust interlocking floor tiles that contain path and guidance route tags for multi-point delivery and pick-up.
A combination of Tag Smart-Track, multiple radio communications technologies and adaptive software are designed to provide a fully integrated guidance and communications system, without the need for programming.
It uses a touch screen Windows-based PC, meaning iCart-Control can link to ERP systems and work with card-based KANBAN and Heijunka allocation methods.
Communication and control systems on board include multiple RFID readers, WiFi or Bluetooth networks, with power for smart trolley applications.
The system has a laser scanner to ensure it operates safely when working around operators and other staff.
Twin batteries provide enough power for up to two shifts and help keep running costs down.