Automated Guided Vehicle operates in space-restricted areas.

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Measuring 34 x 18 x 37 in., AGV consists of cart built with pipe and joints and bolt-on 12 V drive unit, which uses 1 deep cycle AGM battery that will operate for one 8-hour shift. Single direction vehicle follows peel and stick magnetic tape guidepath, and also responds to commands from magnetic tape strips placed on floor perpendicular to guidepath, eliminating need for programming. With minimum turning radius of 12 in. at slow speed, AGV is suited for light-duty applications in tight spaces.

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New Creform Small AGV Meets Light-Duty Needs and Operates in Space Restricted Areas

Designed for simple and lightweight operations, affordable AGV is easy to install and can be used in tight quarters for multiple stop, single loop situations

Creform Corporation, Greer, SC, has introduced a new concept in AGVs well suited for manufacturing operations where space is limited for delivering materials to various processing operations, light assembly and where light duty transportation of materials is required. Many different frame configurations are possible and the example shown features a flat deck for carrying boxes, totes and small packages while its compact dimensions allow it to travel in space restrictive areas where most AGVs could not fit.  To further its usefulness, this AGV is outfitted with a hitch for towing lightweight trailers.  In addition, its low cost make it well suited for entry-level users to try out an AGV system.

The AGV consists of a cart built with the Creform System of pipe and joints and a bolt on Creform AGV drive unit.  This keeps the frame’s weight to a minimum while providing the flexibility to allow the AGV to be easily modified.  The unit shown measures 34" L x 18" W x 37" H. This single direction vehicle follows a peel and stick magnetic tape guidepath that is easily installed, and if necessary repaired and modified.  It also responds to commands from magnetic tape strips placed on the floor perpendicular to the guidepath eliminating the need for programming.  Typical routes would be a simple loop with multiple stopping points or point A to point B deliveries and pickups.  The unit has a minimum turning radius of 12" utilizing its slow speed.

The unit is powered by a Creform AGV model # FHS-A20020 12 volt drive system using one deep cycle AGM battery that will operate for one normal 8-hour shift.  A charger, which can be mounted on the vehicle, plugs into any standard 115 volt, 60 HZ, 15 amp outlet that will fully recharge the battery overnight.   For multi-shift use the depleted battery can be exchanged with one that is fully charged.  For safety, it has an audible warning device, flashing light, non-contact object detector, safety bumper and E-stop.  Creform offers many other options and accessories, but due to the size, simplicity and basic configuration of the FHS-A20020, this AGV is best suited for simple applications that can utilize the basic capabilities of this unit.

The Creform System is used to create an array of material handling and efficiency enhancing devices, including special purpose and trailer carts, flow racks, roller conveyors, workstations, and AGV/AGCs. The Creform System is a proven component in continuous improvement and Lean Manufacturing programs, and the company partners with customers in developing and implementing these programs.                                                                                                                          

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