Every day, an enormous number of packages are shipped and received by logistics centers—and the number of packages is trending upward. In conventional warehouses, staff have to manually pick every item from the shelf and load it into a transport cart. An employee then pushes or pulls the fully loaded cart to an unloading station. The cart can only be used to pick the next order after it has been completely unloaded. Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) lighten the load for employees while accelerating warehouse processes and increasing efficiency.
Pushing and pulling carts is physically demanding for employees, and the effort required changes based on the size of the load. This limits the amount that can be loaded into carts and prevents orders from being consolidated. When employees have to cover long distances in the warehouse, it leads to a time consuming unloading process. The goal is to provide physical relief for employees and to find a solution that allows orders to be consolidated. By optimizing routes, the productivity of employees and efficiency of the overall process can be increased.
In order to achieve these objectives, logistics companies use AGV systems that support employees. The French company Effidence manufactures a picker’s best companion that uses the 2-D R2000 series LiDAR sensor for precise navigation. The photoelectric sensor monitors the AGV’s surroundings with a 360° angle and provides measurements to the vehicle controller. Employees’ legs can be filtered out of the high-resolution data and used as a reference point to identify their direction of movement and follow them closely. The 2-D R2000 LiDAR sensor’s all-round visibility, stable scanning plane, and its range of up to 30 m enable precise navigation. As soon as the cart is fully loaded, it automatically drives to the unloading station. At the same time, a second trolley starts autonomously and replaces the first one to help pick the next order. Employees can keep both hands free while their time and strength are saved.
With its 360° visibility and innovative Pulse Ranging Technology for reliable and clear measurement, the compact R2000 LiDAR sensor detects its environment with high accuracy. A 50 Hz scan rate and market-leading angular resolution of 0.014° enable extremely precise navigation. AGVs increase the efficiency of the picking process and allow orders to be consolidated.