Automation and application

JBT has redesigned its range of Automatic Guided Vehicle systems (AGVs) into standard modules, which can be combined to suit different applications, with the aim of simplifying AGV solutions and the way customers make purchases.


JBT has redesigned its range of Automatic Guided Vehicle systems (AGVs) into standard modules, which can be combined to suit different applications, with the aim of simplifying AGV solutions and the way customers make purchases.

This redesign means that JBT can quickly deliver a broad range of high value, low cost AGV solutions, where each application is matched with the appropriate level of automation. The modules include load handling, battery, controls, rear support and power (for either hydraulic or electric vehicles).

“Each of the modules has been cost-reduced and optimised,” explains Mark Stevenson, JBT director of sales for Europe. “In doing so, we’ve also increased the reliability of the modules as each one has proven its effectiveness, so the vehicles don’t need to be custom-designed for each project.”

JBT used its experience and leveraged patterns in AGV sales while implementing its redesign. In addition to the vehicle redesign, the company also updated its SGV Manager software by introducing a 3D mapping system to maximise system throughput.

“We wanted to take away the complexity and mystery from AGV systems,” adds Mark. “The 3D map provides a real-time, virtual view of the AGVs at work, and allows users to pan or zoom the view to easily monitor and optimise the system.

“The software also allows users to easily navigate to other screens so, even if they only have a little training and experience, they can quickly interface with the system.”