Utilizing a survey of installed systems, an estimate of total system cost can be derived based on the number of vehicles in the system and the level of system functionality and complexity. Per vehicle cost estimates (fully burdened) are provided for systems with 1 vehicle; 2-4 vehicles; and 5 or more vehicles, all with three levels of complexity each.
Rules of thumb for pricing anything can be useful & or misleading if they are not used with care. We present what are believed to be fair estimates for vehicle costs given a range of conditions. However, several points are important to remember.
Examples of complexity as used in the 4 tables to follow are:
Level 1: Simple
Manual Vehicle Dispatch, Load/Unload, No Central Controller, No Host Interface.
Level 2: Medium
Automatic Vehicle Dispatch, Load/Unload, Central Controller, Product Tracking, Multiple Path Options.
Level 3: More
Automatic Vehicle Dispatch, Load/Unload, automatic coupling/uncoupling (applies to tuggers only), Central Controller, Complex Host Interface, Ethernet Link, Product Tracking, Multiple Path Options Multiple Transfer Heights, etc.
For information on the data and requirements you will need to get an accurate cost estimate from a supplier see our On-Line Training Program Module 6: How to proceed with AGVs?
AGVS of MHI Presents: Payback is a Dirty Word, But it Doesn't Have To Be. How to Accurately and Properly Justify AGV's and AGC's.
Replacing conventional forklifts and material handling equipment with Automated Guided Vehicles or carts can save your company in countless ways but only if you can get by the finance department! In this session, you will learn a few of the latest techniques for clearly showcasing all of the benefits of automation in addition to a simple ROI calculation. You'll also learn what not to do from comical examples. This session will be entertaining and informative for operations and finance types alike.