News | August 8, 2017

AutoGuide Introduces Low-Cost, High-Capacity Mobile Robot Tugger

Robust, available, and affordable, the MAX 15 mobile robot tows 15,000 pounds to provide incredible material handling efficiencies and excellent ROI

AutoGuide introduces a new, high-capacity mobile robot tugger the MAX 15. This vehicle is capable of towing 15,000 pounds, significantly more than any standard production tugger in its class. The MAX 15 is designed, engineered and constructed by AutoGuide in the US to be the lowest cost tugger style mobile robot.

Ideal for manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facilities, the tugger’s high load capacity boosts operational productivity by enabling it to move more loads with fewer vehicles. Traveling in both forward and reverse directions, its electric hitch automatically connects to one or more carts before hauling them between pickup and delivery destinations at speeds up to 3.8 miles per hour. Robust engineering and a powerful, high-torque motor allow the vehicle to easily traverse up and down grades to 4% inclination.

“As the most cost-effective vehicle in its class, built right here in the US, and available from inventory, the MAX 15 is a game changer in the AGV industry,” says Joe Hillebrand, AutoGuide Technical Sales Manager. “It underscores our mission of providing the most technically advanced vehicles which are affordable, available and adaptable.”

The MAX 15 will be available with 2 choices of navigation systems, magnetic induction guidance technology, and natural feature guidance (available in early 2018). For operational control, each vehicle can be quickly programmed to follow a new path or make more (or fewer) stops with a wireless tablet pendant that includes a user-friendly, intuitive interface.

Modular Design
Like all AutoGuide products, the MAX 15 is constructed with standard components that can be easily accessed for routine maintenance or repairs. They are also engineered with a modular design that allows the vehicles to be configured with a choice of different components to accommodate specific handling needs. AutoGuide will be releasing both man-aboard and forked configurations of the tugger base unit later in the year.

Other standard features include opportunity charging to keep the vehicles running 24/7, an RFID reader/writer to program tags directly from the vehicle, and a color human-machine interface (HMI) on the vehicle.

The MAX 15 is built in AutoGuide’s state-of-the-art assembly plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, allowing the vehicle to be delivered in weeks instead of months. This allows users to start increasing productivity while achieving ROI sooner.

About AutoGuide
AutoGuide, a division of Heartland Automation Solutions, is a premier provider of mobile robots that transport materials through pickup and delivery routines in a variety of facilities including material handling, manufacturing and distribution. AutoGuide has an engineering, integration, and manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Ky., as well as an engineering, testing and demonstration facility in Troy, Mich.

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SOURCE: AutoGuide