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Why Are Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) the Right Fit for My Environment?
Many customers don’t know what questions to ask or what technologies may be options or solutions to apply. Wingspan™ AGVs are the intelligent automated guided vehicles that avoid the expense of 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. Retrofitting an old plant with low volumes or building a brand new facility with high volumes, high duty cycles and heavy payloads, we have you covered.
The Flexible, Scalable Assembly Line
We don’t believe you should pay for more assembly line than you need. Our Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) assembly lines are the flexible, scalable alternative to traditional chain conveyance. 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.
RedViking AGV Types
Inductive Powered – 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 than 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%).
Inductive powered AGV 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.
Battery Powered – You may have environments that won’t allow for inductive power paths in your floor. Or maybe your payloads are light and your paths vary. Instead of delivering or moving parts in your warehouse permanent overhead or in-floor conveyors, AGVs create a continuous build line by being the base upon which a large part travels. RedViking can customize your battery AGV to meet your plant’s needs.
Scalable and Flexible
Because the physical installation is so minimal, it’s simple to respond to changes in product, process, or path. As with your initial install, we’ll prove it out on our floor, not yours.
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.
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™ AGVs create a portable, virtually invisible assembly line conveyance.