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Laser Guided Vehicles are “taking over” a distribution center near you February 24, 2020, Duluth, GA — In 1984, James Cameron introduced us to a cyborg assassin know as a Terminator and to future where machines rule the world. Unless stopped, an artificial intelligence defense network, known as Skynet, would become self-aware in the near future and initiate a nuclear holocaust. That near future was 2029 which is now not so distant. Fast forward to the year 2020. Although not competing for world domination, high tech machines known as Laser Guided Vehicles (LGV) are enabling distribution centers and other facilities to eliminate costly labor and workplace injuries. Unmanned forklifts are programmed to pick up a pallet load and then take it to and from end of line packaging equipment to be palletized or stretch wrapped. A LGV will then pick up the finished pallet load and take it to the dock door and onto a waiting truck where it unloads the pallet load and returns without delay to the next pallet. These machines can operate 24/7. If their battery runs low their internal prompting allows them to travel to a battery docking station for an automatic unmanned battery changeout. LGV’s are safe and virtually eliminate all fork truck operator accident concerns. Best of all, LGV’s never get sick or tired. LGV’s integrate seamlessly into any palletizing end-of-line, thanks to a wide range of highly modular and flexible solutions. In order to meet this demand, our Laser guided vehicles (LGV) movement management application: AGV Manager, as well as various battery change solutions have been developed. These vehicles are free to move at high speed and they are not anchored to structures embedded in the floor, and any change to vehicle routes can be made by simply modifying the software. For […]
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