Van Garrett, Director of Sales and Marketing
In the industrial robotics market, where most mobile robot manufacturers in the material handling space have gone ahead in designing solutions as a retrofit kit to an existing piece of equipment, AutoGuide has a different story to tell. The Chelmsford-based company chose to build their own standalone platform to design the latest material handling solutions with the shortest lead times and most rapid ROI in the industry. It’s because of their unique approach they are the first choice for leading autotomotive, manufacturing, warehousing, and e-commerse players. AutoGuide’s innovative solutions stay true to its authenticity to provide cost-effective, safe, and efficient solutions for all material handling operations.
Van Garrett, Director of Sales and Marketing at AutoGuide, puts forward a convincing reason for the company deciding to build their own standalone platform. “We foresaw that the use of existing platforms of other providers would automatically impact the fleet of 100 or 200 robots in the field in the event of them changing their manufacturing processes or updating any features. We wanted to have full control over our entire system.”
AutoGuide’s brainchild—Max N10—the ingeniously built mobile robot platform leverages SurePath Natural Feature Navigation and works without the help of tape, RFID tags, mirrors, or reflectors. The industrial tugger is one of a kind that moves loads up to 10,000 pounds. However, what sets the company apart is its modular systems. “There are four bolts on either side of the front carriage, which can be easily unbolted to convert a pallet stacker into a tugger,” says Garrett. In short, AutoGuide offers a comprehensive solution for mobile robots with modular design and innovative features. What’s more, clients only need to purchase one machine for multiple applications.
There are 4 bolts on either side of the front carriage, which can be easily unbolted to convert a pallet stacker into a tugger
AutoGuide’s expert team has honed their in-depth experience in the semiconductor industry to design the software for mobile robots that helps in easily maneuvering them. In fact, the operators can remotely control the robots from their mobile devices alongside changing the mapping locations for easy navigation. With the fastest delivery speed in the market, AutoGuide takes four to six weeks standard delivery time to deliver their systems.
AutoGuide’s robots help resolve a common problem of other companies that use camera-based devices for material handling in the warehouse, which are susceptible to problems with light. If there is a power cut in the warehouse, a typical robot wouldn’t know the way to navigate. But with their robots based on LIDAR, the company has been able to deploy their solutions in a lot of dimly lit warehouses.
In an implementation highlight, AutoGuide helped a leading automobile company in solving the tedious job of moving their engines from one side of the plant to another. Assuring a quick and no damage service, AutoGuide was successful in efficiently deploying their mobile robots, which eased out the monotonous task of moving engines. AutoGuide aims to offer systems that are easy to use, easier to deploy, and easiest to run.
The company has added more feathers to its cap by passing the ANSI B56 Safety Standard for automotive manufacturers. AutoGuide plans to build their share path software suite to integrate seamlessly with every WMS system. Moreover, AutoGuide’s open APIs allow third-party robot manufacturers to easily integrate into their software stack as AutoGuide keeps control of activities in the warehouse and manufacturing facility. After a triumphant success in sales in the U.S, the company is looking forward to advancing into the European market within 2020.