Automatic Guided Vehicle
The fully automated guided vehicles of VDL are developed for handling 20’, 40’ and 45’ ISO containers on main port container terminals. The VDL AGV can handle loads of up to 70 tonnes with a maximum speed of 6 metres per second. The available expertise within VDL on development and manufacturing of advanced equipment and vehicles enabled us to create this high performance and environmentally friendly container carrier AGV with superior characteristics regarding fuel efficiency, CO2 emission, noise levels, reliability and maintainability.
The steering of the VDL AGV is very accurate; this results in a minimized required area for the movement of a container and could potentially reduce the terminal surface area.
To ensure the required performance in combination with reduced fuel and maintenance costs, VDL has an electrically driven diesel-Hybrid AGV. A small diesel engine drives a generator powering the electric motors and when peak power is required, ultra capacitors provide additional energy.
To reduce the lifecycle cost the AGV has a maintenance friendly set up to maximize accessibility and reduce maintenance hours.
The AGV of VDL is designed in a modular way. By having a flexible design there is no need to exchange the complete vehicle after the technical lifetime of certain components. A retrofit of the worn item will do. The second big advantage of the modular set up is the ability to adapt to specific customer demands with low impact.