Automated guided vehicles and Autonomous mobile robots promise flexibility, productivity, maneuverability, and safety while minimizing operational costs in the industry, warehouse, fulfillment centers, and civil/domestic applications.
However, developing an AGV that can be customized to meet the needs of various environments and driving spaces is complex and expensive. AGV/AMR original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) face several engineering challenges due to the intricate nature of the autonomous systems, the tight integration between physical hardware and control algorithms. Tight integration of automation, energy management, environment, sensor, and operation expertise during design is necessary to realize highly flexible and scalable AGV/AMRs.
Modern mobile robots including Automatic Guided Vehicle and Autonomous Mobile Robots are electrified vehicles that operate on battery. Efficient management of fleet autonomy and vehicle charging strategy is important to maintain a steady throughput.
Increasing AGV/AMR speed has a direct impact on vehicle stability and operational control. Using system simulation software, engineers can evaluate multiple scenarios (changing the shape of the trajectory, velocity, etc.) before committing to a prototype.
The virtual commissioning of an AGV/AMR digital mockup helps to develop control strategy in a risk-free environment. The digital model, when coupled with inputs from a real sensor, can be used for AGV monitoring to perform predictive maintenance tasks.
Business Developer for System Simulation
Francesca Furno has received her MSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as her Ph.D Degree in Fluid Power from the Politecnico di Torino in Italy.
She furtherly moved to France to join Siemens in 2007 and today she is promoting Simcenter Systems solutions as engineering tool to drive innovative technologies. Francesca is supporting the Industrial Machinery market Worldwide in adopting digitalization.
Director Industrial Machinery Industry Solutions
Giulio Camauli joined Siemens in 1991, working in many roles ranging from Application Engineer to Customer Services Manager and his current role as the Director of Industrial Machinery Industry Solutions. Giulio continues to help industrial machinery customers innovate and improve product reliability, quality, productivity and more using simulation software solutions. He has helped countless customers from around the world learn new engineering processes that incorporate simulation into the design process.