Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for Manufacturing
Wingspan™ AGVs are the intelligent automated guided vehicles that avoid the expense and environmental concerns of batteries and chain-based conveyance. They’re a perfect fit for assembly lines and material handling where you need 24/7 operation, onboard power for lift or rotation, or heavy payload transport. Wingspan does a lot more than traditional AGVs with no batteries required.
How it Works – Inductive Power Transfer
Inductive Power Transfer uses the same fundamentals of electromagnetic induction that are key to all forms of electrical generation and transmission. At a very simple level, you can think of Inductive Power Transfer as a transformer, where an alternating current in the primary windings induces an electromagnetic field, which then induces an alternating current in the secondary windings.
This solution, instead of having the primary and secondary windings closely coupled about a shared core (either iron or ferrite), has separate parts for the primary and secondary. Instead of primary windings the primary is a conductor loop consisting of cable installed just below the surface of the floor. Rather than secondary windings, the secondary is a movable power pickup separated from the conductor loop by an air gap of approximately 10 mm. This requires that the electrical supply operate differently, switching at a much higher frequency that the 50 to 60 Hz of a typical transformer.
The switching frequency of the Inducting Power Transfer (IPT) power supply is in the range of 20,000 Hz. The alternating current that is induced in this field requires a control circuit to regulate the power in the loop. This is achieved through a patented control circuit that provides optimal system performance, eliminates undesirable feedback in the primary circuit, and enables the entire system to achieve very high power transfer efficiency (in excess of 95%).
The Flexible, Scalable Assembly Line
We don’t believe you should pay for more assembly line than you need. Battery-free AGV assembly lines are the flexible, scalable alternative to traditional chain conveyance or battery-powered AGVs. Instead of installing more infrastructure than you need now, we’ll provide the assembly line that fits today and is easy to change in the future. And you won’t need to pay for charging stations, surplus AGVs, or anyone to manage the recharging process.
Non-Stop Material Handling with Power to Spare
If your material handling follows a predictable path, our inductively powered AGVs will give you abilities that batteries can’t. Where batteries have unpredictable life and need to be recharged, Wingspan’s inductive power transfer will run your AGVs every hour of every day, with enough additional power to operate an onboard lift or rotator. If you’ve ruled out AGVs because of the limitations of batteries, you should check out battery-free AGVs.
Take a look at our gallery of recent battery-free AGV installations.
With the only battery-free AGV test track of its kind in the U.S., we’ll prove out all of the AGVs, software, and controls before they ship. Installation at your location is simple. See how quickly a Wingspan™ Battery-free AGV path is installed in this video.
Scalable and Flexible
Because the physical installation is so minimal, it’s simple to respond to changes in product, process, or path. Our customers add capacity or change line paths over the weekend without tearing off miles of metal track. And unlike battery-powered AGVs, our inductive power transfer continuously provides power, data, and location information. As with your initial install, we’ll prove it out on our floor, not yours.
Sustainable Inductive Power Transfer
We get a lot of inquiries from managers looking for a sustainable conveyance alternative. Chain based conveyors create waste and require toxic chemicals for their upkeep. Batteries are highly damaging to the environment, in creation and disposal. Ordinary AGVs consume extra floor space for charging stations, batteries, and spare AGVs. With Wingspan™, you’ll buy only the AGVs you need, optimizing your capacity utilization and protecting the environment. Here’s more about our commitment to sustainability.
Safe, Clean and Ergonomic
RedViking Wingspan™ AGVs operate on a smooth, flat surface with no openings in the floor and no magnetic tape to protect. Wingspan™ offers 360° product or payload access so that your operators can place parts without straining. The intelligent AGV knows when to lift the product, when to lower it, and when to rotate it, depending on its location or product. The flat floor reduces potential trip or collision hazards for workers and low noise levels enable better worker communication.
Virtually Unlimited Payloads
Wingspan’s carrying capacity exceeds payloads of 200,000 lbs. and functions in a number of different modes as an indexing (asynchronous or synchronous) or continuously moving line. The result is a heavy payload line with alternating speeds, stopping locations and indexing times based on the AGV’s location. You won’t need to assign an AGV/Battery Supervisor to maintain continuous operation.
These are not lightweight material handling AGVs, they’re an engineered solution for manufacturing and material handling, with turnkey installation by RedViking Engineers. Your RedViking Program Manager will oversee your project and will be your single point of contact for implementation as well as future changes to path, process or product.
Unattached to the facility and unencumbered by pits and chains, Wingspan™ battery-free AGVs create a portable, virtually invisible assembly line conveyance.