Jointly increasing the performance of automated guided vehicles (AGV) and enabling new application concepts – this is the goal that the technology companies SAFELOG and Wiferion are pursuing with immediate effect as development partners. The cooperation involves the intralogistics expert from Markt Schwaben equipping all new vehicles with Wiferion’s inductive power supply of AGV as a standard in the future. In addition, the energy specialists from Wiferion will consistently further develop their wireless charging technology based on SAFELOG’s market requirements.
Easy integration, flexibility and maximum availability – this is the claim with which SAFELOG develops its automated guided vehicles. The company is considered one of the leading producers of flexible and scalable AGV models for internal transport tasks in production and intralogistics. The cooperation with Wiferion heralds the next stage in SAFELOG’s innovation cycle. With the advancing level of automation, the demands on AGVs and the periphery are also growing.
With the etaLINK 3000 system, the power supply of AGV is fully automated during operation without interrupting the material flow.
“In the future, inductive charging technology will play a key role in helping our customers increase their productivity in a process-safe manner. Our common goal is to gain further market share by bundling our competencies in the areas of vehicle development and power supply with an intelligent and user-oriented automation solution“, explains SAFELOG Managing Director Mathias Behounek.
Inductive charging technology is integrated as standard in all new-generation SAFELOG AGVs. The power supply of AGV is fully automated during operation without interrupting the material flow. Contamination of the working environment through abrasion, as occurs with sliding contacts, is eliminated. Process reliability is increased. Like all SAFELOG AGV systems, the new AGV models will also be equipped with agent-based control and will communicate with each other in the swarm as well as with the surrounding production and logistics facilities. This makes a higher-level control station superfluous.
“As a major supplier in the automotive and industrial sectors, SAFELOG knows exactly where tomorrow’s production requirements are heading. We want to respond to these signals from the market at an early stage and develop solutions that meet requirements“, says Julian Seume, CMO and Head of Sales at Wiferion.