Precise AGV Navigation
for Robotic
Interface

Talk is Cheap……This is Where the Rubber Hits the Road!!!!

Here’s our tall-profile AGV with a unique load handling attachment designed to move special racks with molded parts between robotic cells. The AGV is our standard chassis with only the bolt-on load handling attachment/appliance at the rear of the chassis being unique to each customer depending on their load handling requirements.

Here the attachment is a special hook arm with a ‘capture & lock’ mechanism on the end that picks or deposits a hanging rack of molds at each automated robot station. Part of the AGV load attachment is the forklift-like mast that allows the hook arm to service mold ‘trees’ at different heights at each station.

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The operation requires extreme AGV positioning accuracy to maintain the ‘robot to robot’ tolerances of the multi-step manufacturing process. Savant’s ‘Virtual Path’ AGV navigation enables the multiple AGVs to reliably perform the necessary positioning with no tolerance buildup between moves.

You can’t do these automated vehicle systems with AMR type technology. AMR (Lidar-laser and/or Vision-camera based) navigation requires walls be scanned (mapped) for use as navigation references. If the AMR can’t see those mapped references reliably (because they are randomly blocked by other objects), the AMR navigation accuracy rapidly deteriorates and it can’t align with automatic load transfer stations or worse, it will have to stop. That can’t happen with a Savant AGV because our references (a tiny magnet placed flush in the floor) can’t be blocked or fail so ‘reference vulnerability’ is not an issue like it is for natural feature (line-of-sight, wall reference dependent navigation) AMRs.

A robust ‘system’ is not just about robust ‘vehicles’… it’s also about robust ‘technology’. Technology ‘robustness’ is critical to attain a high level of system dependability/capability/flexibility/people & environment tolerance/ease of change/serviceability, etc. Suppliers have different designs for the interrelated technology functions for navigation, traffic & routing control, system configuration, and system management. Some better than others but all directly impact the robustness of a system.

Technology is “what you don’t appreciate until it bites you in the butt and negatively impacts your day-to-day operations (i.e. output & costs)”. That why an AGV technology-based solutions broadly work in factories and warehouses and AMRs have a long way to go.

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Ever Wonder How Billions
of COVID 19 Vaccine Vials
are Made???

This video takes you through the highly automated process including the critical AGV transportation of the vial batches between processes. The AGVs automatically pick up & drop off containers loaded with vial trays providing precision placement for robotic process interfaces. Thousands of vials are transported time.

Wondering whose AGV technology provided the capabilities required in this demanding application??? Capabilities such as …. interference-free, virtual navigation, critically accurate station/load positioning, integration with production control systems automatic AGV dispatching, highly efficient AGV traffic & routing control for short travel & response times, remote visual monitoring, etc.

Well, fast forward to times 2:13 and 4:11 (after the ad) in the clip and logos on the vehicles provide your answer.

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Who Invented the AGV and Has Been in the Business the Longest (….and why)???

Arthur M. (Mac) Barrett Jr. invented the AGV in 1954 and founded Barrett Electronics, Inc. to produce AGVs (then called Driverless Vehicles). That business would ultimately become Savant Automation, Inc. which continues his business legacy of supplying efficient, affordable, low maintenance and well-supported AGV systems for a wide range of material handling applications.

For over 70 years our AGV business has been an industry leader because we maintain control of our technology. What differentiates Savant from others is we have always been a ‘full-service’ AGV business with our own in-house developed, state-of-the-art AGV/AMR technology, our own manufactured vehicles, provided all project implementation services and supplied all parts & service aftermarket support for our customers.

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Long term support is critical to any system end-user. Will their system technology be supplier-supported 10 or 20 years from now? A system supplier can’t truly be the technology support expert to the end-user, if their core AGV/AMR technology was licensed from a 3rd party who can decide to discontinue that technology. Nor can that licensee easily deal with inevitable component obsolescence issues. That could leave those end-user systems at serious operational risk.

Savant does not license critical core technology from disconnected 3rd parties putting our customers at risk of not receiving the adequate support during their system’s lifetimes.

The best AGV/AMR system insurance for long term support is to contract directly with the ‘Technology OEM’ type system supplier (like Savant) rather than the ‘Technology Licensee’ type system supplier that only uses an OEM’s technology for your system.

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Are You Spending Too Many $$$’s Manually Moving Loads in Your Facility?

Automate repetitive transportation with standard (i.e. affordable & reliable) AGVs.  The base chassis AGV units in this video are configured with a separate powered roller deck load handling attachment.

These attachments are designed for your loads (pallets, racks, rolls, skids, etc.) and have capacities up to 15,000 lbs. As a roller deck configured AGV the vehicle interfaces with both powered and non-powered conveyor pallet pick and drop locations.

The AGV control system integrates with 3rd party MES, WMS, WCS systems to automatically direct AGVs for load pick and drop missions.

Our PC program executes path route & operational changes in mere minutes.

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Unlike natural feature/AMR type navigation, these AGVs do not need special stand or floor mounted steel bracket targets (monuments) to accurately position for automatic load pick or drop operations. So, there are no ‘trip hazard’ type navigation aids. Most importantly, Savant AGVs can maneuver in very tight spaces and perform exceptionally efficient traffic control that allows higher load move throughput rates than possible with other technologies.

Don’t be tricked!!!

ALL guided vehicles (AMRs, AGVs, AGCs) require some type of navigation references. Savant’s ‘Virtual Path’ navigation uses no floor tape, reflective targets or line-of-sight dependent ‘natural features’ (walls) so there’s Zero path maintenance and no navigation reference vulnerabilities that stop other types of AGVs/AMRs.

Remember…. If an AMR can’t see walls (it’s primary reference) at least 80% of the time, it can stop navigating! So things that move around off-aisle in your facility (pallets, racks, forklifts, carts, etc.) and block line-of-sight to the ‘natural feature’ references AMRs depend on, will create frequent and unpredictable navigation stoppages. You don’t want deal with that randomly occurring every day. It ‘kills’ the whole premise of an automated system if people have to constantly intervene because of random events causing vehicle stoppages that interrupt critical load transportation processes in your facility. That can’t happen with Savant AGVs because our ‘references’ are simple markers in the floor that are always visible to the AGVs.

There is no substitute for guided/autonomous vehicle automation experience and given we invented the AGV in 1954, Savant has been in the business way longer than anyone. It’s why Savant’s AGV in-house developed technology (vehicles, navigation, control system) is rated so superior to all others. In fact, most other AGV/AMR suppliers don’t make the core technologies in their vehicles/system. Rather, they license it from a disconnected 3rd party……think ‘obsolescence & support risk’. Savant supports its technology regardless of how old it is…….. because we develop every generation of our technology in-house.

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Check Out this Video of Savant ‘Tape, Target and Structure-Free’ AGVs …

Versatile, ‘universal-use’ chassis allows Savant utilize the same, proven AGV design for many different types of applications using powered load handling attachments appropriate for each customer’s needs. It’s only the load handling attachment that changes NOT the critical AGV. The less an AGV is custom designed……the better.

Customer benefits of a standard AGV ‘attachment-configurable’ chassis are……..lower Price, more Reliable AGVs, less Maintenance, Proven performance, Re-Purposing same AGV for new applications (truly Reusable Asset), lowest system project Risk, most User-Friendly/User-Tolerant operation, and More.

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There is no substitute for guided/autonomous vehicle automation experience and given we invented the AGV in 1954, Savant has been in the business way longer than anyone. It’s why Savant’s AGV in-house developed technology (vehicles, navigation, control system) is rated so superior to all others.

In fact, most other AGV/AMR suppliers don’t make the core technologies in their vehicles/system. Rather, they license it from a disconnected 3rd party……think ‘obsolescence & support risk’. Savant supports its technology regardless of how old it is…….. because we develop every generation of our technology in-house.

Unlike natural feature/AMR type navigation, these AGVs do not need special stand or floor mounted steel bracket targets (monuments) to accurately position for automatic load pick or drop operations. So, there are no ‘trip hazard’ type navigation aids. Most importantly, Savant AGVs can maneuver in very tight spaces and perform exceptionally efficient traffic control that allows higher load move throughput rates than possible with other technologies.

ALL guided vehicles (AMRs, AGVs, AGCs) require some type of navigation references. Savant’s ‘Virtual Path’ navigation uses no floor tape, reflective targets or line-of-sight dependent ‘natural features’ (walls) so there is Zero path maintenance and no reference vulnerabilities that stop other navigation technologies. Path route & operational changes are executed with a visual path PC model program and uploaded to the PC system controller allowing your system to be altered in mere minutes.

CONTACT: 616 791-8540

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Platform Lift AGVs
Automatically Transport Carts,
Skids and Pallets

Platform Lift AGVs Elevate Low Underside Clearance Carts and Skids for Floor-to-Floor Automated Transportation

These AGVs operate in industrial or hospital facilities. The AGVs back under loads, lift and transport carts, pallets or skids to new areas. Virtual path navigation is infinitely scalable (unlimited path length, complexity, destinations and vehicle additions) allowing systems to be expanded in phases.
Vehicles can read RFID tags or barcodes on loads to automatically route to correct delivery destinations.

Networked system monitoring shows current vehicle locations, destinations, battery levels and more.

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Unlike natural feature/AMR type navigation, these AGVs do not need special stand or floor mounted steel bracket targets (monuments) to accurately position for automatic load pick or drop operations. So, there are no ‘trip hazard’ type navigation aids. Most importantly, Savant AGVs can maneuver in very tight spaces and perform exceptionally efficient traffic control that allows higher load move throughput rates than possible with other technologies.

ALL guided vehicles (AMRs, AGVs, AGCs) require some type of navigation references. Savant’s ‘Virtual Path’ navigation uses no floor tape, reflective targets or line-of-sight dependent ‘natural features’ (walls) so there is Zero path maintenance and no reference vulnerabilities that stop other navigation technologies. Path route & operational changes are executed with a visual path PC model program and uploaded to the PC system controller allowing your system to be altered in mere minutes.

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‘AGV Poetry In Motion’…
‘Tape-Free’ Low Profile AGV
with Lift/Lower Deck

Another attachment type using the Savant Universal-Use AGV. The lift/lower platform is powered by the low-profile AGV pinned underneath. This allows the AGV transfer loads to/from simple & inexpensive static load stands or conveyor with split roller/open center access.

Savant AGV support all functionality required for fully automatic, ‘hands-off’ operation. This includes failsafe interlocking with powered doors, light curtains, conveyors, and robots and interface with forms of station I/O that generate AGV pickup calls such as HMI’s, tablets, pushbuttons and load sensors at load pickup stations. The AGV system controller (PC) supports integration with upper-level control systems (MES, WMS, WCS, PLC networks, etc.) for remote AGV ‘call & dispatch’ operation.

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Note the traffic control functionality that permits multiple vehicle movement in tight, complex virtual path areas. Less capable technologies severely restrict AGV/AMR freedom of movement. The COST to you….poorer response time (longer load move wait times), lower system efficiency (less loads moved per hour per vehicle), all negatively impacting your facility’s operational performance.

Unlike natural feature/AMR type navigation, these AGVs do not need special stand or floor mounted steel bracket targets (monuments) to accurately position for automatic load pick or drop operations. So, there are no ‘trip hazard’ type navigation aids. Most importantly, Savant AGVs can maneuver in very tight spaces and perform exceptionally efficient traffic control that allows higher load move throughput rates than possible with other technologies.

ALL guided vehicles (AMRs, AGVs, AGCs) require some type of navigation references. Savant’s ‘Virtual Path’ navigation uses no floor tape, reflective targets or line-of-sight dependent ‘natural features’ (walls) so there is Zero path maintenance and no reference vulnerabilities that stop other navigation technologies. Path route & operational changes are executed with a visual path PC model program and uploaded to the PC system controller allowing your system to be altered in mere minutes.

CONTACT: 616 791-8540

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‘Tape-Free’ Low-Profile AGV
with
Powered Roller Deck

Universal-Use, AGV can be configured with various types of load handling attachments. Here the AGV is attached to a powered pallet roller deck. The roller bed attachment is plugged into the AGV for power and control signals.

Standard, low-profile AGV models provide up to 10,000 lbs. capacity. Although the AGVs are standard chassis, the attachments are designed for specific user applications such as multiple load decks, tiered tote decks, and dimensioned as required. Using a standard chassis allows the AGVs to be repurposed with different attachments if future needs change.

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ALL guided vehicles (AMRs, AGVs, AGCs) require some type of navigation references. Savant’s ‘Virtual Path’ navigation uses no floor tape, reflective targets or line-of-sight dependent ‘natural features’ (walls) so there is Zero path maintenance and no reference vulnerabilities that stop other navigation technologies. Path route & operational changes are executed with a visual path PC model program and uploaded to the PC system controller allowing your system to be altered in mere minutes.

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Using ‘Tape-Free’ Low-Profile
AGV to Tunnel Under
& Transport Carts

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to automatically pick and drop loads is to use the Savant Low-Profile AGV to tunnel under a cart, raise 2 powered pins into plastic pin receptacle blocks mounted under the cart and then drive the cart to a new destination. The AGV can navigate forward or backward into cart parking spurs. Efficient & safe multiple vehicle traffic control maximizes system throughput (loads moved per hour per vehicle).

Carts loads can be racks, pallets, boxes, totes, rolls, or other materials. Virtually any size or type cart that has the minimal underside clearance to accommodate the low-profile AGV can be transported automatically. These AGVs are extremely maneuverable requiring minimal space for cart pick/drop spurs.

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ALL guided vehicles (AMRs, AGVs, AGCs) require some type of navigation references. Savant’s ‘Virtual Path’ navigation uses no floor tape, reflective targets or line-of-sight depending ‘natural features’ (walls) so there is Zero path maintenance and no reference vulnerabilities that stop other navigation technologies. Path route & operational changes are executed with a visual path PC model program and uploaded to the PC system controller allowing your system to be altered in mere minutes.

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Savant
Counterbalanced
Fork AGV

Savant counterbalanced fork and attachment-configurable AGVs accurately navigate without targets, tape, or natural feature/structural dependence. Compared to others these units are compact, robust, less complex and lower cost.

Zero-maintenance ‘virtual path’ means NO vulnerability due to real-world factors such as blocked line-of-sight references, lighting conditions, nav. sensor/reference damage, dust on vision or laser type sensors, etc.

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Safe, Affordable,
Automated
Material Transportation

Compact counterbalanced fork AGV can service loads at floor level to heights of up to 10 feet. ‘Virtual Path’ CAD map navigation requires no tape, targets or dependence on often blocked ‘natural feature’ (walls, facility structures). Quick, easy, inexpensive to change system routes, destinations and add vehicles as needs require.

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Savant Low-Profile,
‘Tape/Target/Structure-Free’,
Virtual Path AGVs

A fleet of over 30 Savant low-profile, ‘tape/target/structure-free’, virtual path AGVs automatically transports different size/purpose carts between hundreds of destinations. Racks, totes, shelf, pallet, kitted and trash carts are moved on demand assuring labor-efficient, timely service to all plant areas. Unlimited scalability coupled with zero navigation vulnerability downtime has significantly reduced costly & non-value adding labor.

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‘Tape-Free’ Low-Profile AGV
with
Powered Roller Deck

Savant’s Visual Path Configuration program creates simulation of your AGV system operating in your facility. See vehicles performing actual traffic control, shortest route between destination and station actions. Confirm system operation before uploading model file to actual system controller. Infinite system scalability and ‘bullet-proof’ navigation with no line-of-sight dependence vulnerabilities to blocked building structure.

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‘Tape/Target/Structure-Free’ navigating automatic guided vehicles allow unlimited system size and complexity. AGVs track CAD map created with standard PC program allowing quick and inexpensive system changes. Unlimited scalability and flexibility.

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