This article is from the Robotics FAQ, by Kevin Dowling email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
AGV's are Automatic Guided Vehicles. They are common in factory
automation and usually consist of mobile platforms for transporting
goods and materials within factories. Most still use buried wires for
guidance, but several vendors have or will have off-wire capabilities.
AGV subsystems can also be useful in building mobile bases. Wheel
modules can be purchased that already include hub, tire, motor,
bearings, suspension and sometimes steering as well as drive.
The first AGV was installed by the Cravens Company at Mercury Motor
Express in Columbia, SC in 1954. The use of AGV's did not take off
however and even by the early 80's the investment by US firms in AGV's
was less than $70M. However, several European companies took hold of
the idea and rapidly evolved it. The industry in the US peaked in 1985
at about $175M and is slowly recovering. -- From Modern Materials
Handling - 4/96
9307-E Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28270-1485
Controls and components for AGV's. Supplier of Schabmuller
7000 Nineteen Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Automated Handling Systems (Formerly Volvo Automated Systems)
"Caterpillar Industrial (now FMC)"
5960 Heisley Road
Mentor, OH 44060
Manufacturer and distributor of fork lift trucks and guided vehicles.
Cat's SGV's use rotating laser scanner and barcodes as opposed to
traditional wire-guided systems.
"Control Engineering Company"
Jervis Webb Company
34375 W. Twelve Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48331-5624
515 East 100 South
PO Box 45425
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0425
AGV's and integrated systems
4205 St. Clair Avenue
Designs/manufactures rider style, electric, fork and platform mobile
material handling equipment. Line includes AGV's, high tonnage
capacity. Mobile cranes, explosion proof forklifts.
563 West 500 South
Bountiful, UT 84010
Automated material handling systems including AGVS.
37050 Industrial Road
Livonia, MI 48150
Sales and service of AGVs.
400 Highpont Drive
Chalfont, PA 18914
AGVs, Automated Handling Systems, Consulting, Trolley and Power and
Free Converyors, Tow lines, Integrated Systems and Controls, Roll
"Frog Navigation Systems b.v."
3435 BD Utrecht
tel: (+31) 30 244 05 50
fax: (+31) 30 244 07 00
contact: Leo Lans
1091 Centre Road, Ste 170
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
tel: (+1) 810 377 4000
fax: (+1) 810 377 4004
contact: Charles Rouse - dir of marketing and sales
FROG makes AGVs and AGV navigation systems that utilize infrastructure
components to accurately determine AGV position. FROG, and the
SuperFROG AGV supervisory software, are used in both 'traditional' and
'non-traditional' AGV Markets. Traditional applications include
manufacturing and warehousing. Non-traditional applications include
container handling, personnel transport, mining and military use. FROG
will fit any vehicle and can be used in any environment from
clinically clean warehouses to weather beaten dockyards.
Articles on Frog are in 'Automation' February 1991 or in 'Modern
Materials Handling', December 1994 P.46.
1 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 300
PO Box 8157
Hampton, VA 23666
Automatic handling systems and AGV's
"Mannesmann Demag Corporation"
29201 Aurora Road
Cleveland, OH 44139-1895
Overhead cranes, wire rope and chain hoists, AGV systems, automatic
storage and retrieval systems, monorail, aircraft maintenance
"Mentor AGVS Products"
8500 Station Street
PO Box 898
Mentor, OH 44060
AGV systems and automated transfer cars.
"Munck Automation Technology"
161 Enterprise Drive
Newport News, VA 23603
Manufacturer and integrator of automated material handling systems.
AGVS of many configurations (unitload, forklift, towing)
"The Raymond Corporation"
South Canal Street
PO Box 130
Greene, NY 13778
Material handling equipment.
"Roberts Sinto Corporation"
3001 West Main Street
PO Box 40760
Lansing, MI 48901-7960
MGV's (Mechanically guided vehicles)
"Professional Materials Handling Co, Inc."
4203 Landmark Drive
Orlando, FL 32817
Steinbock fork trucks. Wire guided, use regenerative braking.
"Saurer Automation Systems"
Saurer Automation Systems
11818 James Street
Holland, MI 49424-9658
Saurer was formerly Litton Industrial Automation and is a full service
material handling company.
8.1.2 Underwater robots
[new section, need more information]
There are a number of companies building underwater remotely operated
"R.O.V. Technologies, Inc"
Franklin Road, Vernon, Vermont 05354
Nuclear Underwater Equipment, Sales and Service
* Hydrovision Tel UK ? 224-740145
* Benthos Tel US 1-800-446-1222
* JW Fishers Tel US 1-800-822-4744
* Sutec Tel Sweeden ? 46-13-15-80-60
* Rovtech Tel Uk ? 229-813641
* Deep Ocean Engineering Tel US 501-562-9300
* UWI Tel UK ? 224-896913