Automated Guided Vehicle Safety
Safety is always the deciding factor at Egemin. Egemin meets or exceeds the Safety Standard for Guided Industrial Vehicles and Automated Functions Of Manned Industrial Vehicles ANSI/ITSDF guidelines.
Warning and Alarm Lights: Egemin AGVs have warning lights, audible-warning signals, emergency stop buttons, and non-contact obstacle detectors. When the AGV is approaching a turn, the warning lights function as directional signals to alert personnel in the area of the AGV’s intention to branch right or left on the Guidepath. When the AGV goes into an alarm mode, the Alarm Lights blink to indicate an alarm.
Audible Warning/Alarm Signals: Two distinct tones are used during the vehicle’s operation, an acknowledge tone and an alarm tone. The AGV emits a slow repeating acknowledge (run) tone during normal operation. The alarm tone sounds when an alarm is active.
Emergency Stop Buttons: Emergency stop buttons are provided on each AGV. When activated, the AGV enters an emergency stop state and all motion capable equipment will become inactive.
Collision Avoidance System: The non-contact collision avoidance system on the AGV can utilize a number of different laser sensors mounted on the front, rear, side, and upper locations of the AGV. When the AGV is traveling on the Guidepath, this system will detect an obstacle (such as a person) in any of the coverage locations.
When the obstacle is within the warning field of any of these sensors, the AGV will decelerate to a slower speed in anticipation of a full stop. If the obstacle is still detected within protective field of the sensor, the AGV will apply its brakes so that it comes to a complete stop before contact is made. The AGV will resume automatic operation approximately three seconds after the obstacle is removed from the protective field.