John Hayes, Seegrid’s Vice President of US Sales and Marketing discussed the simplicity of training and operating a Seegrid flexible AGV, “Anyone can train and operate the flexible AGV. Even though flexible AGVs are complex robots, the vision system allows anyone to train and operate the vehicles. Engineers are not needed for installation, updates, or route modifications. Because the vehicles are built from familiar industrial truck platforms, operators recognize the vehicle and adapt quickly to use. On-site maintenance staff is able to perform pm requirements and routine troubleshooting and maintenance. This added benefit keeps costs down and the fleet control in the hands of the facility manager.”
The six easy steps were noted on the company’s website recently. Hayes noted the steps to train and operate a flexible automated guided vehicle.
1. Position the AGV in the start location and select training mode.
2. Walk if training the GP8 pallet truck or drive if training the GT10 tow tractor through the route. During training the vehicle takes images of the facility and builds 3D vision maps for future navigation.
3. While training occurs, rules of the road behaviors such as horn honks and pauses at intersections can be programmed on the keypad.
4. Once training is complete, the operator loads with GP8 or GT10 with product to move.
5. The route to be completed by the flexible AGV is selected on the keypad.
6. The “push to work” button is activated and the flexible AGV goes to work.
Seegrid Corporation (www.seegrid.com)