Automated Guided Vehicles For Heavy Loads

Solving AGV Movers are customised systems designed for continuous operation mainly in industrial environments. We design AGVs to suit our customers' specific requirements and thus small AGVs with capacities of only a few hundred kilograms and heavy-duty AGVs with capacities up to a hundred tonnes or more, are equally part of our product range.

Solving Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) are used for moving various loads long distances and serving automated production lines. Heavy AGVs are installed to handle large paper rolls, steel coils, engines, vehicles and many other loads. Smaller AGVs are used for instance for handling both various industrial loads and medical equipment in hospitals.

Liquid metal AGV Solving

Solving AGV systems allow an efficient way of transporting both lighter and heavier materials in production processes and assembly lines.

Solving AGVs are fitted with an HMI for quick and easy interaction with the operator. The AGV system is controlled by a fleet manager that can be connected to the customer’s WMS or ERP.
All servicing points are easily accessible and the latest computer technology advises operators of maintenance requirements.
Solving AGVs are mainly based on wheels but as a speciality we also offer solutions on air bearings, for instance for very heavy loads.


  • When do I use an AGV and when a transporter on air bearings?

    Generally speaking AGVs are suitable for both lighter and heavier loads in continuos 24/7operation, whereas transporters on air bearings are the best solutions for really heavy loads, meaning loads up to a thousand tons or more, to be moved more seldom and shorter distances. There are always exceptions, so contact our sales team for closer discussions about your specific requirements.

  • How safe is an AGV?

    Solving AGVs are fitted with the latest safety devices enabling the AGV to stop whenever an obstacle in the runway is detected. Safety devices include scanners, bumpers, cameras, warning signals and lights.

  • What are the different types of AGV navigation methods?

    Solving AGVs use laser navigation, contour navigation, a painted line, magnetic tape or magnets in the floor. In some cases we recommend multi-navigation, e.g. a combination of different navigation systems.


  • Integral safety systems such as bumpers, lights and emergency stops
  • Efficient and continuous operation, 24-hours a day
  • Less material-damage due to safe and precise handling
  • A clean and safe working environment reducing the risk of work-related injuries
  • Unmanned operation reducing the labour costs
  • Avoiding of monotonous work
  • Short payback period 
  • Solutions meeting customers' requirements


Solving AGV Movers are equipped with the latest safety systems to avoid collisions or injuries, such as:

  • speed dependent laser scanners for person safety
  • audible/visual warning signals and emergency stop buttons to guarantee safety for personnel and load

Automated paper roll handling Solving Mover

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Different navigation systems can be chosen based on the customer's requirements, frequency of transportation, existing facilities, cost of installation and future expansion. The most common systems are laser, contour, magnetic spot and magnetic tape navigation described below. In some cases we recommend multi-navigation, e.g. a combination of different navigation systems.

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Laser navigation

Laser navigation provides the customer with extensive freedom because the AGV does not need any tracks, wires or rails, but can be easily programmed for both indoor and outdoor driving. The driving routes can easily be changed with the software. A rotating laser beam detects reflectors that are placed in the building, and based on these locations the route is calculated in real time.

02 Kollmorgen Laser3

Contour navigation

Contour navigation utilises objects in the existing environment meaning that all boundaries for controlling AGV driving paths are removed. Installation time is minimal and so costs are reduced and the effect on operations minimised. It is also easy to expand the system and create new AGV paths. Contour navigation is mostly used in combination with an other navigation system.

Kollmorgen Natural Navigation sensor high2

Magnetic spot navigation

Magnetic spots are embedded in the floor and sensors in the AGV are used to detect the spots. The AGV position is updated using measurements to spot magnets.

Spot navigation is often used as a complement to laser or contour navigation.

03 Kollmorgen Spot2

Magnetic tape navigation

The vehicle follows a magnetic tape on the floor. Vehicle movements are tracked and their positions are updated continuously. The navigation is active at all times. Tape navigation is only suitable for indoor use.

04 Kollmorgen Magnetic Tape2

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