In modern warehouses and factories transportation of loads is performed with driverless vehicles that carry out transportation tasks autonomously without the need for an operator.
Robotic transportation vehicles (SDT/AMR/AGV) have an important role in lowering costs and increase productivity in the facilities they operate.
Depending on the loads’ specificications different types of autonomous vehicles can be used (‘carrier’, ‘tow truck’ or ‘forklift’)
- Picks, rotates and drives the load from warehouse shelves, stores or conveyor systems to another point in the facility
- Identifies the best route by itself and takes or carrier the load from/to
the desired location.
- Collects and evaluates all transportation-related data by the central control unit.
- Sends notifications to other machines and works totally integrated into the existing IoT communication system
- Saves employees around with a wide range of safety precautions and sends notifications to the responsible in anormal obstacle situations.
- Intralogistics costs and significant savings are provided due to 7/24 operability and low maintenance costs&costs.
- Despite classic transport, the AGV intelligent tracking & control system identifies areas that can be optimized in your logistics, measures/corrects them, and as a result increases the efficiency & speed of your workflow.
- Your unnecessary space for transport is minimized with the AGV system and transport / storage areas are used more efficiently.
- With high security measures, transportation accidents and product casualties are minimized.
The choice of navigation technology to be used in vehicles with automatic guidance is an important step for the application to be successful. Optimal performance is targeted by considering environmental factors and logistic requirements when selecting appropriate navigation technology. AGVs ability to provide high level integration with their environment and work in harmony is a safety issue at the same time.
Considering the safety, performance and flexibility aspects of the application, the navigation method or methods to be used are determined professionally by our team’s consultancy.
Laser based navigation technologies diversify according to application methods. Laser navigation is mainly based on the reflection of light pulses sent to objects and the calculation of the position of the vehicle by interpreting these reflections through a series of operations on the sensors and processors of the vehicle.
Placing reflectors along the vehicles course is an option for laser applications.In this way, the vehicle continuously updatesthe position information and travels on the route. The advantage of this application is that it does not require ground work and the route changes can be easily performed.
Laser navigation can also be used without peripheral reflector equipment. In this case, AGV scans the environment with buffer lasers and operates on the route mapped to memory. Installation and maintenance costs are low. Provides flexible traffic control.
In inductive navigation, wires are placed on the ground along the route to be followed by the vehicle. Onboard sensors allow the vehicle to travel along the wires without leaving the track. It is preferred when the plant layout will not change for a long time.
Similar to the inductive navigation, it is based on the principle that the vehicle route is drawn on the ground and the vehicle moves in this line without deviation. It is easy to apply because it does not require intensive work on the floor. It is preferable to use it with other navigation technologies to increase systems accuracy.
CENTRAL CONTROL SYSTEM
Effective monitoring and management of AGV activities is provided by Central Control Stations located at appropriate points.
Central Control Stations provide remote access to vehicles. AGVs speed, position and battery information can be requested via Central Control Stations. AGV traffic can be monitored and goods/vehicles can be routed to specified points.
One of two important elements that make Central Control Stations functionable are OTAKS, which is one of the first AGV management systems have developed in Turkey, and the other is our Central Station Software.
Autonomous Transportation Vehicle Control System ,which patent applications are made, is one of the first AGV system have high technology and developed in Turkey. The OTAKS System moves an electric transport vehicle, regardless of human control, in accordance with the commands given by the Central Station Software.
The system specified below can be made compatible with other systems in a short time with modular structure.
- High precision motion control system
- High resolution line monitoring system
- Adressing and barcode identification software
- Communication and location reporting software
- Anti-collision system
- Ability work in bad ground conditions
- Ability to go unlimited number of address
- Compatibility and easy integration into a wide range of vehicle peripherals
Central Station Software
Our Central Station software guides and constantly monitors the vehicles using the OTAKS system. The Central Station Software assigns the task to vehicles according to the requests incoming from the car call system or the ADDRESS information entered through the car and monitors the locations of the vehicles approximately, battery occupancy rates, obstacle information and road plans on them.
Central Station Software Features
- Visual mapping
- Autonomous shortest path planning
- Manual route planning
- Vehicle position and status information tracking
- Flexible road closure and opening possibility
- Remote manual motion control
- Remote vehicle speed control
- When the vehicle battery level drops, autonomously send to the charging station
- Easily integrable structure to the softwares such as stock control and production planning
Uninterrupted operation in AGV systems is directly related to rechargeability and battery replacement possibilities. By considering facility conditions, Transolt offers the most suitable charging possibilities for AGVs.
In facilities with a small number of AGV and one shift operation, the vehicles can be charged directly at the charging station.
Batteries can be alternately charged in full shift running facilities. Continuity is ensured by manual or automatic replacement with the battery backup on the vehicle.This process takes place automatically with the facilities provided by the Central Control System.Vehicles that are monitored for battery status can autonomously turn to the charging point.
Traditional transporting vehicles have been causing accidents in all over the globe for years. Operator mistakes have major role in those accidents. According to the reports of the American Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a forklift accident occurs in America once every three days. 45% of these accidents are classified as crashing to a pedestrian or objects.
- AGVs are equipped with high-level anti-collision systems and warning systems.
- AGV is more sensitive to obstacles that suddenly appear on the road than an operator.
- Transolt AGVs have the highest level of technological equipment for occupational safety.
- Laser scanners and proximity sensors analyze the positions and movements of objects.When approaching the safe zone limit, AGVs lower their speed and warn their surroundings.
- When the safe distance is exceeded, the AGV stops and waits for the danger to disappear.
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