Morphing manual and automatic operations onto a standard off-the-shelf forklift, the Egemin Hybrid Automated Guided Vehicle provides manufacturing and distribution centers the ultimate in material handling flexibility. Egemin announced the Hybrid AGV in late 2010 and officially launched the AGV at ProMat. Expo attendees visiting the Egemin booth last month were able to experience first-hand how easily an operator can interrupt automatic AGV operations, drive the vehicle manually and then place the forklift back into fully automatic laser guidance mode.
Egemin Automation Inc. (Egemin), the foremost manufacturer of Automated Guided Vehicle Systems, announced that Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA), the leading provider of forklift trucks in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Latin America, is the primary component supplier for Egemin's Hybrid Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV). Egemin highlighted MCFA's contributions to the AGV during the ProMat 2011 Trade Show in Chicago, Illinois.
"When Egemin began its search for a component supplier, MCFA's reputation and commitment for providing quality lift trucks stood above the rest," said Jerry Dekker, President and CEO of Egemin. "Our customers expect the best from Egemin and the automated guided vehicle delivers a unique experience to material handlers."
"Egemin is an industry leader in the Automated Guided Vehicle marketplace and being able to contribute to state-of-the-art practices in material handling is an honor," said Kent Eudy, vice president of dealer sales, MCFA. "At MCFA, we always strive to create and support efficient and effective industry innovations."
To date, Egemin has sold Hybrid AGV Systems that have moved more than 10 million pallets annually. Hybrid AGVs are available in two sizes, 3,500 and 5,500 pound lifting capacities. The Hybrid AGVs efficiently move pallets between manufacturing cells, warehousing and standard over-the-road trailers. With lifting heights up to 23 feet, deep lane floor stacking, pushback rack, drive-in rack, standard racking and conveyor are common interface points for these versatile vehicles.
The Hybrid AGV comes standard with industrial lead-acid batteries, laser navigation, advanced laser safety systems, graphical touch screen monitor, Windows OS on solid state drive (SSD) media and 802.11 wireless communications. Optional components based on specific system requirements include RFID readers, bar code scanners, 3D camera technology, robotic battery exchange system, automatic battery charging and mechanism sideshift systems.
About Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA)
Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) is a leading manufacturer of forklifts in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Latin America. The company manufactures and distributes three distinct brands – Mitsubishi forklift trucks, Cat lift trucks and Jungheinrich warehouse products – from its Houston headquarters. MCFA features the industry’s most extensive dealer network in North, Central and South America. The company provides customers with quality products that range from warehousing to industrial applications and are backed by industry-leading customer service.
About Egemin Automation Inc.
Egemin Automation Inc. has been manufacturing AGVs and Warehouse Management Systems since 1976. Egemin is a worldwide organization with operations on six continents. Egemin’s center for AGV excellence is located in Holland, Michigan, where it employs all disciplines for success as the AGV industry leader. All AGV technology including design, software, and support is developed and owned by Egemin. Over 5,000 AGVs have been manufactured and installed with many being used by Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit http://www.egeminusa.com.
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