What is the difference between AGV, IGV and AMR

In addition to AGV, the new name IGV, AMR has emerged and gradually entered into people’s vision in the mobile robot market in the past two years. Are they only name difference or technology upgrading? Let us talk about it today.

AGV is the abbreviation for Automated Guided Vehicle, It is a transport vehicle equipped with electromagnetic or optical or other auto-guidance devices, which can run along the prescribed guidance path. It has three protection types to avoid safety problems such as radar, infrared, obstacle avoidance safety strip, which deliver goods with loading mode carrying, lurking, towing, etc. AGV has a long history of application and is now widely used in warehousing, logistics, and manufacturing industries.

IGV means Intelligent Guided Vehicle. Compared with AGV, IGV is more flexible and can run without any road mark, and running paths can be flexible and changeable. Its simple scheduling, flexible operation make it easy to adjust according to actual production requests so that it can satisfy many factories. IGV is much suitable for application scenarios with higher requirements on flexibility such as the 3C electronic manufacturing industry. But the price is also higher than the AGV.

AMR is Automated Mobile Robot, it is different from AGV and IGV. AMR can use software to draw the inside map of the factory or import the factory or building a map in advance to achieve navigation. This function is equivalent to a car equipped with GPS and a set of preloaded maps. When the car is set up people’s home and work addresses, it can generate the most convenient path according to the location on the map. Of course, powerful features make it more expensive than AGV and IGV, But users no need to upgrade their factory and can use AMR directly, it can help save many costs.

So totally, AGV now is the most effective cost and convenient transport tool, it can help factories or manufacturers to save working time and labor costs. We are producing multi-function AGV with loading mode carrying/lurking/towing/warehouse AGV, forklift AGV, etc. Its navigation has magnetic/laser/slam/QR/ with loading weight from 30kgs to 5T.

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