AGILOX autonomous forklifts operate with swarm intelligence

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AGILOX autonomous forklifts operate with swarm intelligence

AGILOX, a specialist in mobile logistics robots, has expanded their line of intelligent guided vehicles by introducing a new autonomous omnidirectional counterbalanced forklift that operates with swarm intelligence. Whole fleets of forklifts can operate without a central control system, meaning the vehicles navigate the production facility or warehouse in a truly autonomous fashion.

The highly compact AGILOX Intelligent Guided Vehicles (IGVs) organise their routes according to the decentralised principles of swarm intelligence, making them much more flexible than traditional AGVs. Additionally, programming or “teaching” the vehicles becomes significantly easier, while central software programs including maintenance, updates, etc. are rendered obsolete—an innovation that lowers operating costs.
AGILOX is now expanding its range of IGVs to include so-called “Omnidirectional Counterbalanced Forklifts”, or OCFs. They are equipped with a scissor lift to function as a load handling device and thus transports the load within the vehicle contour, handling a maximum weight of 1500 kgs (3300 lbs), transport them to the destination, and set them down at a height of up to 1600 mm (63 in).
AGILOX’s intelligent and cost-saving IGV concept opens up new application areas for intelligent forklifts. The OCF enables classic intralogistics tasks in incoming and outgoing goods, order picking and storage, as well as in production—provided that the transport is pallet-bound.
The lithium-ion (LiFePO4) battery technology ensures short charging and long operating times – just three minutes of charging allows for up to one hour of operating time.
The IGV fleets can be connected to customer software systems (LVR, ERP, WMS, MES, etc.) via an open API interface. An optional IO box enables the integration of external infrastructure, such as rolling gates and stationary conveyor systems, in the intelligent control system. An analytics module provides the user with all relevant operating data and KPIs.
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Franz Humer, M.A. Co-Founder and CEO of AGILOX, notes that,

The OCF is a logical addition to round out our product portfolio. With it, we open up opportunities in storage and order picking technology, and thus, a large market in which the IGVs can showcase their advantages over both AGVs and man-operated forklifts.

The OCF pilot series has already been successfully tested in Vorchdorf, Austria. Series production will begin shortly, with the first OCFs set to be delivered to customers in the first quarter of 2021.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Agilox

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