Automated handling is infiltrating various industries. As its core equipment, AGV
is continuously expanding its scope while becoming the standard for intelligent storage, and AGV technology is also continuously developing to adapt to more application scenarios, such as the requirements for large-scale equipment and product transportation. In increasingly stricter scenarios, the structure and bearing of AGVs
have also changed. Overloaded AGVs have emerged at the historic moment and have begun to enter the market.
The heavy-duty AGV
is characterized by large size and high load capacity, and it can complete the automation of processing, manufacturing, and handling of some large objects. In some heavy machinery factories, as well as railway transportation, special industries, ports and airports, large voltage plants, heavy vehicle manufacturers, etc., these places need large tonnage AGVs to meet them. In the past two years, with the expansion of the field of heavy AGV
applications, some companies have also developed related products.
High technical difficulty and high barriers to entry for enterprises
As can be seen from the table above, a number of domestic companies have successively developed heavy-duty AGVs, but a closer look shows that from Xinsong and Kunshun to Zhenhua Heavy Industry, heavy-duty AGV development manufacturers use the old AGV companies
and Large-scale machinery and equipment manufacturers are the mainstays, and relatively few start-ups. The reasons are as follows:
The technical difficulty is relatively large. For AGV
, the heavy-duty AGV
will face higher technical conditions and supporting support. The heavy-duty AGV has more technical difficulties and is very different from the light-duty AGV design structure. The component selection standards are also different. The same, therefore, compared to ordinary AGV
, enterprises enter the field of heavy-load AGV, the threshold for research and development and production are relatively high.
The application field has high barriers to entry. The main application fields of heavy AGVs
are concentrated in ports and docks, railway transportation, and some special industries, and these industries are very rigorous in equipment selection. It is very difficult for general enterprises to enter. For example, in the Yangshan Port Phase IV terminal, which was completed last year, the automation equipment used was provided by Jingyuan Heavy Industry, including multiple heavy-duty AGVs. Compared with this large-scale mechanical equipment manufacturer, whether it is a complete set of system equipment, Capabilities are still overall project planning capabilities, which ordinary AGV vendors simply cannot compare with.
However, despite the high technical and market thresholds, more and more companies have begun to enter the field of overloaded AGVs. In addition to expanding their product lines, the biggest reason is that compared to the general AGV, heavy-duty AGV
has higher profits.
Driven by profits, it is not surprising that companies want to enter, but this segmented field pays more attention to the stability and safety of robot operations. However, at this stage, domestic AGV technology and manufacturers are of varying levels, which can meet the high level of heavy AGV robots. In fact, there are not many manufacturers with precise technology and high-end production requirements, but I believe that with the expansion of demand, the development speed of the heavy-duty AGV industry will become faster and faster.
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