Mr. Schumacher, why does intralogistics need maximum mobility?
In the past, there were rigid conveyor belts and linear production lines. Modern production has a modular structure so that products can be produced in small batch sizes and with high variance. Automated guided vehicles have to keep up with this. They are expected to be able to navigate freely and to offer unrestricted free-range mobility rather than driving along fixed line markings on the floor. To put it in a nutshell: they must have maximum flexibility and therefore also have to be able to move as much as possible.
Does the ArgoDrive solve this problem?
Yes, it was developed specifically for this application. Our ArgoDrive driving/steering system combines propulsion and steering functions in one module. It is a complete unit consisting of motor, transmission, steering, high-resolution sensors, and all the necessary connections. It is implemented in automated guided vehicles with a total vehicle weight of up to 2,000 kilograms to drive around unexpected obstacles, effortlessly overcome ten percent inclines and move easily and precisely in very tight environments, even from a stationary position and when subjected to very heavy loads.
The infinite steering angle gives vehicles equipped with ArgoDrive space-saving omnidirectional mobility in every situation, which is required for fine positioning at the machine and at material transfer stations in particular.
How did you implement these benefits in the ArgoDrive from a technical perspective?
Two driving/steering systems, diagonally on the left and right side of the AGV, guarantee full omnidirectionality. Two additional freely moving support wheels, also arranged diagonally, ensure stability. Depending on the size of AGV and the weight of the goods to be moved, it is also possible to install three or four driving/steering systems. This enables large loads to be achieved even if there are inclines.
We offer the ArgoDrive in the Light, Standard, and Heavy versions for carrying loads up to 100, 300, or 500 kilograms in order to meet every requirement for moving masses, for braking distances or for managing inclines in a way that is scalable. For example, four driving/steering systems in the Heavy version allow a total vehicle weight of up to two metric tons.