According to Williams, “Automated guided vehicles are an increasingly common sight in the automotive industry, particularly in production plants, where they might be seen moving material along fixed routes or between different zones. They have been somewhat less common in parts and material warehouses, where variability is sometimes higher and there is a need for flexibility that has not always been well suited to automation.”
Tim Chiocchio, lean project manager at Seegrid, noted that the company’s equipment uses vision technology for navigation. Chiocchio explained, "Vision-guided AGVs of this type are unique because no infrastructure is required, meaning that routes can be programmed and updated immediately by the operator without engineering or vendor resources, providing an affordable automation solution.”
According to Chiocchio, Seegrid vision-guided AGVs are used by a variety of companies within the automotive industry, including a recent implementation at the New South Express consolidation center for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. Another example is Aisin, an automotive components and systems supplier, which uses vision-guided AGVs throughout its facility to improve productivity and efficiency and reduce operating costs.
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