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Finding the best AGV supplier on earth - or next door

21 Sep 2016
Samuel Alexandersson

Finding the best AGV supplier on earth - or next door

You know how it is: To get something you often have to give up something else. In the world of automated guided vehicle systems (AGVS) this usually means you need to either choose a supplier close to you, or a specialized supplier that might operate on the other side of the earth. Who should you turn to? Start by turning to us.

We give you guidance

You can find AGV suppliers worldwide on our partner page. The list of partners is divided geographically, as most people prefer to do business locally in their own language and culture. Being close to your AGV supplier is only one side of the coin.

The other side of the coin is the degree of specialization. Most AGV suppliers can provide you with fast-moving standard vehicles for small loads and simple driveways. Not so many can build heavy-duty 16-wheelers for complex transportation patterns.

We can help you find the best AGV supplier for your needs, considering both geography and the application competence needed for your type of industry. Sometimes the choice of supplier is evident. Other times you need to evaluate more than one supplier. Just contact us for guidance.

AGV market in change

Not so long ago, an AGV was an AGV. An automated guided vehicle. Today, there are many types of vehicles, such as carts, mobile robots and tuggers. Many times referred to as AGVs, but some manufacturers prefer to position their vehicles as something else. We leave the naming game to the market, but the result is added complexity to the purchasing process as you really need to know what you are looking for. Same thing here, we can give you a helping hand.

No matter which type of vehicle you go for – you need to choose the smartest brain. In other words, an automation kit that is easy to upgrade to future needs, where software, hardware and navigation work seamlessly together and with other systems such as ERP and WMS. One example is NDC Solutions, with an installed base of more than 20,000 AGVs globally.

Take the first step today

In another article, we have put together a checklist of what to go through before meeting potential AGV suppliers. A good way to getting started is to begin with that list. You can also read success stories on our website and learn how other companies work with AGVs. And last but not least, feel free to contact us and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.

About the Author

Samuel Alexandersson

Samuel Alexandersson

What I enjoy most about my work is the constant challenge to be aware of the changing needs of the marketplace. Business is booming and my role of finding opportunities and then addressing them with insights is highly rewarding. As Product Marketing Manager my main work is to analyze and join the dots to successfully segment and position a strong portfolio of products for the future market. A strong source of motivation in this global environment is all the great people you meet. Not only colleagues, but stakeholders from all over the world. Studied: Industrial Management and Engineering, The Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. Samuel can be reached at samuel.alexandersson@kollmorgen.com

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