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Boost safety with agvs

12 December 2012

OCME argues there are many good reasons to consider the use of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to automate materials handling tasks in a warehouse or production environment. One of the major ones is safety.

The company's range of Auriga laser guided vehicles are designed to operate in areas where there may be operatives, or other pedestrians, in complete safety. Sensors monitor the area around the vehicle and provide 'slow down' and 'stop' zones, in order to ensure that when there is a need to stop that a controlled deceleration takes place to avoid tipping unstable loads.

The zones covered by the sensors are dynamically altered as the vehicle moves around objects such as pillars and conveyors to ensure these objects are not seen as reasons to stop, but that there are also no pinch points created between an object and the vehicle.

Vehicles are fitted with mechanical safety bumpers, emergency stop buttons and overload sensors.
 
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