This application of AGVs is based on the fact that the operator does not have to move to pick the products throughout the warehouse, but rather the products are directed to the operator to be picked. This way of working is known as “G2P” (Goods to Person).
Why is it common to decide on this solution and not another? What does the AGV solution provide compared to others?
The AGVs solution has two unique features:
· Installations, modifications and extensions of this type of technology can be carried out in a simple and fast way.
· The design of the solution and the wide freedom of movement of the AGV allow a very fast amortization of the application. In other words, the investment is made for the entire warehouse and not exclusively for certain aisles (it is the case in many automated warehouses). It is common for AGVs to carry out 80% of their movements in 20% of the warehouse area.
Today, there are 2 possibilities on the market to carry out G2P order picking with AGVs. These two options are differentiated by the load transported by the AGVs.
Option 1: Boxes or Crates
· If there is a spectacular proposal, without a doubt we are talking about that of the French company Exotec, in which the AGVs even move vertically on the shelves: