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20 INTECH JULY/AUGUST 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG Automated guided vehicles improve production Technological advances bring greater flexibility By Bill Lydon D riverless vehicles may be in the far-off future for consumers, but in the manufacturing industry the automated guided vehicle (AGV ) is being used now to increase productiv - ity and improve manufacturing flexibility and production flow. AGVs that use advanced navigation methods and that are linked with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and manufacturing execution systems (MESs) are becoming an integral part of synchronized and make-to-order manufacturing. The advancement of navigation technologies has been an essential contributor to the increased use of AGVs. There are many types of AGV navigation technologies, but some are now less fre - quently used. AGV manufacturers generally consider the four following technologies for new equipment and installation.

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