Below is a link to the presentation we did at MHI's Promat Show on April 4, 2017. The seminar talks about elements and system considerations, similar to the blog about what to ask the Automated Guided Vehicle supplier, but more in depth. You will learn about the different options available for AGVs and AGV systems. You will also have a better understanding of what is being sold to you.
There are many ways to calculate ROI for the use of Automatic Guided Vehicles(AGV). Some are very simple, and can give a rough idea of the ROI of a project, but the simpler the calculation, the more variance you may have because it does not take into account other direct and indirect costs. Some direct costs are hourly wages, overtime, insurance benefits, vacation, sick time, and equipment. Some indirect costs are product damage, utilities/power consumption, and damage to the facility. Different companies use different costs for determining return on investment, so the two lists are not all encompassing.
As the previous post spoke about what information the buyer needs to supply, now we will talk about some things to consider or ask the supplier. One of the first things to remember is that you are not buying an Automated Guided Vehicle, a product, but a system that includes programming, installation, etc., a solution. We mention this because a supplier may be a match for one buyer, but not another, and vice versa.
One of the things Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) suppliers get is “how much does an AGV cost?” The simple answer is $10,000 to $1 million or more. Obviously, this does not help the potential buyer. There are some standard vehicles that a supplier can give you a “vehicle” cost, but this should not be used as a total system cost, which includes batteries, chargers, installation, project management, etc.
MHI's Promat 2017 was held in Chicago at the McCormick Place this past week (April 3-6). We had a great turnout to our booth. Many came to see our Innovation Award Finalist Natural/Feature Navigation Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) doing some stacking. Others came after attending our seminar titled Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV): Elements & System Considerations. Still more came for the free candy and even more stopped by to see what the loud beeping was coming from.
Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV) have been called by many different names such as, Autonomous Mobile Robots, Power Guided Vehicles (PGV), Self-Guided Vehicles (SGV), vision guided vehicles (VGV), laser guided vehicles (LGV), and so on. Most companies use these other names to differentiate themselves from the often-crowded AGV market, but they all do the same thing: they are vehicles that move materials with little to no human intervention.