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AGV Versatility

Our AGVs are used in a wide variety of material handling applications. Whether it's handling pallets, rolls, racks, carts, containers or other materials, we can develop the right solution to meet your requirements. Read more...

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JBT Corporation's AGV experience includes over 300 systems and 3,000 AGVs. These AGV systems are designed for long term, trouble free operation in the most demanding environments.

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JBT Corporation has the world's largest staff of automatic guided vehicle (AGV) experts ready to use their AGV knowledge to solve your most difficult material handling challenges.

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JBT Corporation automatic guided vehicle (AGV) systems operate safely at all times and meet or exceed the requirements of ANSI (B56.5), OSHA, and the European Machinery Directive.

360 degree obstacle detection on each automatic guided vehicle (AGV) is provided by front and rear laser bumpers, side safety bumpers, and optical sensors.  One important aspect of the safety systems is the use of electronic/optical or mechanical bumpers which detect potential obstacles in the path of the guided vehicle and initiate action to bring the vehicle to safe stop before contacting any obstacle. These safety bumpers are active in all directions of vehicle travel

Electronic/Optical Laser Bumpers

Electronic bumpers are the most popular form of automatic guided vehicle (AGV) obstacle detection because they offer a flexible, maintenance free solution. When sharing halls and aisles with pedestrians and other mobile equipment, electronic bumpers allows users to define multiple programmable "slow-down" and "stop" fields (obstacle detection zone). The sizes and shapes of these bumper fields can be changed during operation of the automatic guided vehicle (AGV). It is typical to shrink down the bumper file and have the AGV operate slowly in tight area of the AGV road system. In wide open aisles, the bumper fields can be made large and the vehicle can operate at a higher speed. Similarly, when the AGV is preparing to make a turn, the bumper field can be offset to see obstacles in that direction of travel.

Mechanical Bumpers

Mechanical bumpers are the traditional form of obstacle detection. They are typically made from flexible material (plastic, metal of foam) that collapses and trips a limit switch to stop AGV operation. The detection zone of a mechanical bumper is fixed and does not vary during vehicle operation.

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