Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV)
There is an increase in the popularity and application of AGVs for automation, primarily driven by the availability of vision-based technologies, that enable 3D imaging for object recognition and avoidance applications, delivering increased autonomy and navigation outside controlled environments. The sensors in these applications are specially designed cameras that create a complete 3D environment map using imaging techniques for object recognition and avoidance. Applications can be equipped with stereoscopic imaging or time-of-flight technologies, both requiring VCSEL illuminators for optimized system performance. Sensors must overcome specific challenges such as varying outdoor light conditions.
ams has significant experience in 3D imaging techniques, and an innovative portfolio of components ranging from VCSEL based emitting flood and dot pattern illuminators to receiving image sensors. Optical- and power efficiency are key differentiators for our VCSEL illuminators. High Quantum Efficiency, and enabling power efficient systems are key differentiators for our global shutter imaging products. Precision time-of-flight modules can be added to complement other technologies, adding additional detection capabilities to the collision avoidance system. Challenges for the AGV motor drive, such as powerful and accurate performance, low power consumption and reliability can be overcome using ams' contactless, and ultra-reliable magnetic position sensors that are immune to disturbing stray fields and ensuring control in difficult environments.