Autonomous Guided Vehicles
The local warehouse business has been challenged by increasing costs in manpower and floor areas. There is also additional pressure to provide more value-added services, such as handling small orders for e-commerce. Usage of autonomous vehicles in warehouse can reduce manpower costs, optimize use of floor area, bring quicker responses to orders and execute more accurate operations, thus increasing the overall competitiveness of local warehouse businesses.
The project was pilot-run at the warehouses of Towngas to provide local support and maintenance. They will be using the AGV solution to evaluate the efficiency gain of the automation system. Due to a large number of SKUs, including large and small parts for all model types of their supported products, the quantity of parts needed by each maintenance team is small while the collection time window is tight. We integrated our system with Towngas’ barcode system to manage their parts and developed a revised workflow for them.
With minor modification to the planning software, this AGV solution can also be adopted by other businesses such as mini-storage.