Automated Guided Vehicle Malaysia
In all areas of business, owners are looking to do whatever they can to cut costs and increase profits, and this is made possible by automated guided vehicle (AGV).
Using AGV can get your work done faster and use fewer employees to get it done. You will also be able to get rid of many of your pieces of equipment, which increases your available workspace and puts money in your pocket from the sale.
Reduced Labor Costs
AGV or forklift automation reduce labor costs in your operation in many ways: By replacing a human worker with an AGV, a company pays a single expense for the equipment—the initial investment—versus ongoing costs that would come with a new hire such as healthcare coverage, payroll taxes, salary increases, vacation time, etc.
AGV are programmed with safety in mind, and as such are crammed full of cameras, lasers, and other sensors that allow them to safely operate around personnel and structures. By contrast, equipment run by human operators, such as forklifts, do not have as many built-in safety mechanisms and ultimately rely on human input, which can be compromised in any number of ways. Whereas a human operator always has the potential to become distracted or fatigued, and therefore cause an accident, these are not concerns when using AGV
Additionally, AGV can operate in condition that human either aren’t able to operate in or in conditions that humans don’t operate optimally in, such as in extreme heat or cold or around hazardous material.
All of this increased safety lead to reduced cost and reduced operational downtime, which can ultimately increase the profitability of many operations.
Increased Accuracy and Productivity
Simply put: Human make mistakes. By replacing the human element with AGV, you remove some of the potential for inaccurate workflows, ultimately reducing waste and increasing output, allowing your operations to become more productive and accurate. And whereas human personnel is limited in how long they can work, AGV are capable of running 24/7.
In addition to the obvious improvements in accuracy and productivity, by integrating AGV with a warehouse control system or a warehouse management system, you can streamline processes such as inventory and materials ordering.
As your operations expand, it is easy to add additional AGV as necessary (this is sometimes called a “modular system element”). This allows you to avoid an incredibly high initial investment because instead of purchasing 20 or 30 AGV at once, you are able to start with one or two and transition slowly, eventually expanding your fleet to a fully-automated or mostly-automated operation.
Is Automated Guided Vehicle right for your operation?
AGV can be incredibly useful tools that can increase efficiency and profitability in many order fulfillment operations, but they aren’t for everyone.
To determine whether or not they’re right for you, you’ll need to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of automated guided vehicles use and decide whether they would complement or hinder your operations. Depending on the specifics of your operation, a different kind of automation technology (like autonomous mobile robots or AS/RS) might be better able to address your business needs.
Factors like your business cycle, operational goals, level of growth, and available investment capital will all impact your ability to implement a system, and it would be a good idea to speak with warehouse design consultant or systems integrator to help determine if implementing AGVs makes sense for you.
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