To watch a Fori Automation Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) operate is to witness an engineering marvel: Steadily moving up to two feet per second across the floor of an aerospace manufacturer’s cavernous production facility, one carries a 30-ton, 60-foot-long wing frame for a commercial jet aircraft to its assembly point. With the payload worth several million, the AGV must be controlled precisely, which it is – to within five millimeters. And with workers walking all around, it must operate safely, which it does – using warning horns and lights, e-stops, laser scanners and pressure bumpers, all governed by an onboard safety PLC.
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