Are you now wondering which criteria need to be taken into account when choosing an automated guided vehicle system? The following questions are decisive when deciding between AGVs and AMRs:
- Which transport tasks does the system need to perform?
- Does the system need to be changeable and scalable?
- Are goods flows constant or highly dynamic?
If travel paths remain the same, if material flows are constant and if there is a low number of obstacles, AGVs are preferable. They are lower-cost and perform all their tasks precisely and reliably. However, if paths and transport tasks vary, AMRs are definitely the better choice.
And change is a fact of life, especially in today’s market. We’re all struggling with decreasing plannability, the shortage of qualified personnel and resource shortages. As a result, it’s of utmost importance that today’s automated guided vehicle systems are fast to integrate and adapt. A modern production environment should not make itself dependent on inflexible technology. In short, AMRs are superior to AGVs in terms of flexibility, scalability, installation time and profitability.
However, planning a complete automation solution is much more than just deciding between AGVs and AMRs. They’re often part of a hybrid solution consisting of a mixture of automated guided vehicle systems, manual and automated conveyor systems, state-of-the-art picking systems and mixed traffic. And of course, an automation solution cannot succeed without its key component – intelligent software. To see how a complete automation solution might look like in practice, check out our case study on Magna Assamstadt.