RedViking's battery-powered Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV).

RedViking adds battery-powered AGV for CV manufacturers

Sept. 6, 2018
RedViking is expanding its Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) offering with a battery-powered source solution.

Michigan-based RedViking, which designs and builds manufacturing and testing systems, said it is expanding the company’s Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) offering with a battery-powered source solution.

RedViking previously offered a battery-free inductive power AGV.

“(By adding a battery-powered AGV), RedViking can service virtually every assembly manufacturing environment,” said Josh McNeely, vice president of sales and marketing. “From retrofitting an old plant with low volumes or building a Greenfield, brand-new turnkey facility with high lift, high payload and high duty cycle, we have you covered.”

RedViking builds AGV assembly lines for large automotive, off-highway and commercial vehicle manufacturers, replacing heavy, dirty and noisy chain-based conveyance solutions with flexible, scalable smart AGV solutions.

To support their customers in a demanding market, RedViking customized solutions to integrate with end-user information systems. The information-enabled capabilities of each machine make it easy for RedViking customers to integrate the AGVs with existing manufacturing execution systems (MES), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and other important decision-making systems.

RedViking’s next move was to standardize components on its AGVs to minimize design and installation time, the company said, allowing the growing customer base to collect information from the system and coordinate data with IIoT management systems. These smart AGVs can lift, lower, stop, start and rotate depending on location and product load.

If a change needs to be made, the customer can reconfigure the embedded software configuration environment.

“Many customers don’t know the questions to ask or what types of technologies or solutions are available and what options that presents them,” McNeely said. “That’s where RedViking comes in.”

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