JBT Corporation
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  • John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food processing and air transportation industries. We design, manufacture, test and service technologically sophisticated systems and products for customers through our JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech segments.
Product Portfolio
  • Forked Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs)

  • Forked AGVs are an extremely popular class of automatic guided vehicle because of their versatility and flexibility.
    They can handle many types of loads including pallets, racks, trays, rolls, and carts and can interface with many types of equipment including conveyors, racking, and stands in addition to floor "pickups" and "drops".

    Because forked AGVs can handle so many different loads and can interface with varied types of plant equipment, these AGVs are an excellent solution for applications where changes to the facility are expected during the life of the AGV system. These AGVs can easily be reconfigured to handle new and/or additional tasks.
    Load movement on forked AGVs is available with either hydraulic or electric actuators to maximize speed and accuracy. Load movements include raise, lower, reach, tilt, and fork width adjustment. Forked AGVs can also be equipped with fork tip sensors to confirm fork pocket openings, and fork tip bumpers to prevent improper pickup or damaged pallets.
    • Compact Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The Compact Forked type Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice for handling of pallets, racks, and rolls in floor to floor transfers or block stacking. On a Compact Forked vehicle, the lift mast is mounted at the very end of the vehicle similar to a counterbalance vehicle. This mounting arrangement keeps the vehicle clear of the load and allows width to be minimized making it an excellent choice for warehouses and manufacturing facilities with limited space and small aisles. Lift is available in electric or hydraulic power. Standard capacity loads are up to 2,750 lb (1,200 kg). The dimensions of the Compact Forked vehicle vary with the load weight, dimensions, and shape.
    • Counterbalance Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The Counterbalance Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice for handling of pallets, racks, and rolls in floor to floor transfers. On a counterbalance vehicle, the lift mast is mounted at the very end of the vehicle. This mounting arrangement keeps the vehicle clear of the load and allows width to be minimized. Lift is available in electric or hydraulic power. Standard capacity loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the counterbalance vehicle vary with the load weight, dimensions, and shape.
    • Forkover Automatic Guided Vehicle            

    • The Forkover type AGV is an excellent choice for handling of europallets, wire baskets, and other items with open bottom fork openings. On a forkover vehicle, lifting forks are lowered directly over the stabilizing legs. It can make tighter turns and move in narrower areas than some other style vehicles. Lift is available in electric or hydraulic power. Standard capacity loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the forkover vehicle vary with the load weight, dimensions, and shape.
    • Hybot Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The HyBot type Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is a semi-automated vehicle designed for manual load pickup and automatic load movement. The HyBot is an economical vehicle to move standard pallets in repetitive applications where personnel are already staffed at the end points (pick and drop locations). Standard loads are up to 4,000 lb (1,800 kg).
    • Narrow Aisle Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The Narrow Aisle type AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) is an excellent choice for placing pallets and other objects in racks in a warehouse or distribution center. On the narrow aisle automatic guided vehicle, the forks can rotate up to 180 degrees. This movement allows the vehicle to enter a narrow aisle, move to the proper location, insert the forks under the load (with the forks positioned perpendicular to the vehicle), lift the load, and proceed through the aisle to the load delivery point.
    • Outrigger Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The Outrigger type AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) is an excellent choice for handling of pallets, racks, and rolls in floor to floor transfers. On an outrigger vehicle, there are two horizontal stabilizing legs (outriggers) to provide lateral support. Typically the outriggers straddle the load during the lift or lower cycle. Lift/Lower is available in electric or hydraulic power. Standard capacity loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the outrigger vehicle vary with the load weight, dimensions, and shape.
    • Pantograph Reach Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The Pantograph Reach type AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) is a very flexible vehicle for handling pallets, racks, and other stable loads. The Pantograph Reach AGV can interface with loads positioned on the floor, on conveyor, in racks and stands. The pantograph and lift are typically hydraulic. Standard loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the pantograph reach vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
    • Reach Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV)

    • The Reach type Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice for handling of pallets and racks.
      On the reach automatic guided vehicle (AGV), the mast traverses out to pickup or drop the load and traverses back when transporting the load. Lift and Traverse are available in electric or hydraulic power. Standard loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the reach vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
    • Side Reach Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV)

    • The Side Reach type automatic guided vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice for handling of pallets and racks. Most applications involve retrieving loads from or delivering loads to racking. The pantograph and lift are typically hydraulic. Standard loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the side reach vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.

       
    • Telefork Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The Telefork automatic guided vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice for handling of average sized pallets and racks. The telefork mechanism extends to reach out into the fork pockets of the load. It then lifts the load. The process is reversed load movement is complete. Standard loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the telefork vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
  • Unit Load Automatic Guided Vehicles

  • Unit load automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are the most traditional type of automated guided vehicle (AGV). Unit load AGV's are sometimes referred to as a "top carrier" because the load rests over the majority of the vehicle.The unit load AGV is available for loads of many sizes and shapes and is sometimes used as an assembly AGV where a product is moved from manufacturing cell to manufacturing cell as it is assembled. The types of loads typically moved by unit load AGVs include standard pallets (wrapped and unwrapped), drums, carts, racks, rolls, and custom containers.

    The unit load AGV typically interfaces with stands and conveyors or it is loaded by other manual or automatic equipment (cranes, forklift trucks, other AGVs, etc). This type of unit load AGV can include a device such as a roller conveyor, chain conveyor, scissors lift, etc. to transfer the load onto and off of it. When this AGV interfaces with a conveyor, it typically includes a “handshake” sensor which provides for communications between the vehicle and the conveyor. This communication ensures that both the AGV and the conveyor are ready and working together for a smooth transfer of the load.

    Unit load AGVs use more complex drive/steer wheel combinations. Although more expensive, dual and quad steer unit load AGVs are sometimes required where the AGV must maneuver in extremely tight space to pick up or deliver the load.
    • 15 Ton Capacity Unit Load Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The 15 Ton Capacity Unit Load Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is typically used to move larger materials through a facility. This vehicle has no actuators to manipulate the load and must be loaded and unloaded by external devices. Standard loads are up to 30,000 lb (13,600 kg). The dimensions of the standard unit load vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
    • 30 Ton Capacity Unit Load Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The 30 Ton Capacity Unit Load is typically used to move larger materials through a facility. This vehicle has no actuators to manipulate the load and must be loaded and unloaded by external devices. Standard loads are up to 60,000 lb (27,200 kg). The dimensions of the standard unit load vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
    • Combination Conveyor & Lift Deck Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The Combination Conveyor/Lift Deck type Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice when you must interface with conveyors that are different heights. This vehicle maintains the smooth load handling features of the standard conveyor deck vehicle. Standard loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the Combination Conveyor/Lift Deck vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
    • Conveyor Deck Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The Conveyor Deck type Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice for handling of pallets and racks to and from conveyors. On the conveyor deck automatic guided vehicle (AGV), there is a variable speed drive which operates rollers to smoothly transfer the load onto or off of a conveyor. The speed of the rollers are synchronized with the conveyor and sensors on the bed ensure smooth and proper positioning of the load. Standard loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the Conveyor Deck vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
    • Lift Deck Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The Lift Deck type Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice for handling of pallets and racks.
      The load is transferred to and from stands which can then interface with conveyors, AS/RS, or other automated material handling equipment. Standard loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the Lift Deck vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions
  • Tug/Tow Automatic Guided Vehicles

  • Tug / Tow Vehicle automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are the most productive form of automated guided vehicle (AGV) for tugging and towing because they haul more loads per trip than other AGV types.

    These tug vehicle style AGVs are sometimes referred to as "Tuggers",because they are designed to pull wheeled carts (typically 3 at a time) which can be loaded and unloaded with material automatically or manually. A forked AGV can be used to automatically load the carts. Many tuggers do not operate in reverse and instead operate in either a loop or they have turnaround loops at any end points of the AGV road system.

    These tuggers can be equipped with several different hitch types including ball, pin, or automatic hitch. Ball or pin type hitches are used when the carts rarely need to be decoupled from the tow vehicle AGV. Automatic hitches maximize utilization of the AGV when the material on the carts requires further processing or handling upon delivery.

    Other examples requiring automatic hitching include applications where carts are only moved on a one way trip or when full carts are delivered and empty carts are removed. Automatic hitches disengage to decouple a set of carts from the AGV after it has made the required delivery. They can also engage to couple a set of carts to allow those carts to be automatically delivered by the Tuggers.

    Tugger AGVs are available in several different towing capacities and can even be equipped with an operator station for cases where customers may desire occasional man-aboard operation.
      • Standard Tugger/Tow Automatic Guided Vehicle

      • The Tug/Tow type Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice for moving wheeled trailers or carts. On the tug/tow automatic guided vehicle (AGV), there is a hydraulic latch which automatically engages and disengages the items to be towed. Depending on the load, several carts can be towed, minimizing the number of cycles and vehicles required. Standard loads are up to 40,000 lb (18,000 kg). The dimensions of the Tug/Tow vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
      • Man-Aboard Tugger Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV)

      • The Man Aboard Tug/Tow type Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice as an automated towing vehicle when some manual movement is expected. This vehicle includes interlocks so that it does not operate automatically when manual operation is desired. Standard loads are up to 40,000 lb (18,000 kg). The dimensions of the Tug/Tow vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
  • Special Application Automatic Guided Vehicles

  • JBT Corporation offers automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) designed to fully meet the material transport needs of standard and special applications using material handling systems across many industries.
    Each of these Special Application automated guided vehicles (AGVs) have been optimized to specifically address a common material handling challenge that can not be adequately handled by a standard AGV type material handling system. These Special Application types of AGVs have been delivered to multiple customers within their target industry and they can be adapted to meet new applications with similar material handling requirements. The key to our success in designing Special Application AGVs is to talk with the customer to fully understand all of the material handling system requirements and project goals. These Special Application AGVs often operate in fleets with other more standard AGV types such as those found in the forked, unit load or tug categories. The Special Application AGVs utilize the same safe, reliable controls as found in the most standard of AGV types.
    • ATLIS Hospital Automatic Guided Vehicle     

    • The ATLIS Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice for moving carts and other objects, especially in hospitals. To pick up a load, the ATLIS vehicle positions itself under the load. The deck of the vehicle is equipped with an electric lift which extends to remove the load from the floor or stand. This vehicle is the smallest JBT Corporation guided vehicle and is designed to be very compact. The vehicle's deck height can be as low as 12" (0.3m). Standard loads are up to 1,500 lb (680 kg). The exact dimensions of the ATLIS vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
    • Automated Batch Retort AGV - Food Handling

    • The Automated Batch Retort AGV type (Automated Guided Vehicle) is a special vehicle designed to transfer pallets of materials between other types of automated machinery. This vehicle has stainless steel components, a variable speed powered conveyor deck and is capable of being in contact with water, hot water and steam. Standard loads are up to 4,000 lb (1,800 kg). The exact dimensions of the Automated Batch Retort vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
    • Flat Clamp Automatic Guided Vehicle          

    • The Flat Clamp Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice for handling un-palletized materials, boxes, or packaging materials. On this AGV, there is a hydraulic clamp which is precisely controlled to lift and release materials without damaging them. Standard loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the flat clamp vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
    • Roll Clamp Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The Roll Clamp type AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) is an excellent choice for stacking rolls of material. On this AGV, there is a hydraulic clamp which is precisely controlled to lift and release the roll without damaging it. Stacking height is up to 26' (8m). Standard loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the roll clamp vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions
    • Press Loading Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The Roll Positioner/Press Loading type Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is an excellent choice for moving rolls within very exact specifications. The area of operation is a clear, flat floor (no pit required). The compact, low profile vehicle design with its lift/lower and powered traverse deck allows accurate interface with other JBT Corporation AGVs, fork trucks and press reel arms. Standard loads are up to 3,000 lb (1360 kg). The exact dimensions of the Press Loading AGV vary with the load weight and dimensions.
    • Self Guided Cart AGV

    • The Self Guided Cart AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) allows economical movement of materials.  It can be used to deliver parts to an assembly line or move materials around to different manufacturing cells. Standard loads are up to 2,000 lb (900 kg). The exact dimensions of the Self Guided Cart vehicle vary with the load weight and dimensions.
    • Trailer Loading Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • The trailer loading Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) loads and unloads standard, over-the-road trailers without any modifications to the dock or trailers. The trailer loading vehicle allows for double or single load handling capability. The vehicle has 3.5" of ground clearance and is equipped with large rear wheels to travel easily over levelers & expansion joints. Standard capacity loads are up to 8,000 lb (3,600 kg). The dimensions of the trailer loading vehicle vary with the load weight, dimensions, and shape.
  • Custom Automatic Guided Vehicles

  • Some material handling challenges are so unique that they require a truly custom solution. JBT Corporation provides custom designed automatic guided vehicles (AGVS) to fully meet these unique challenges.
    To effectively design Custom AGVs, JBT Corporation first takes time to talk with the customer to research and thoroughly understand all of the goals and requirements of the project. This research often includes multiple site visits and borrowing of samples of the product to be handled so that all dimensions can be verified and interfaces tested.

    Although custom automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) usually contain one-of-a-kind features, they are efficiently designed using a proven set of modules that have been used before in successful AGV projects. JBT Corporation has the broadest offering of standard AGV types available and this gives us the framework to make modifications and introduce unique vehicles while minimizing delivery time and cost. Our experience allows us to use proven methodology for efficient productivity that has proven successful in the most demanding environments and limits the risk associated with the unique aspects of the project.

    A similar design philosophy is taken with the AGV software. It is written in standard, configurable modules that can be customized when needed for unique applications. JBT Corporation owns all the core navigation, vehicle, and host software technology which allows a quicker response than AGV suppliers who simply purchase this technology from third parties.

    To see a few examples of the custom Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) JBT Corporation has developed click on the links in the left navigation bar.
    • Blank Handling Automatic Guided  Vehicle

    • JBT Corporation's experience with Automated/Self Guided Vehicles (AGVs/SGVs) allows us to approach each new challenge with proven methodology and a core of proven designs. These standard designs can then be extended to solve difficult and unique material handling challenges. This vehicle is a standard conveyor deck unit load vehicle with a custom load handling attachment designed to transport 30 ton steel blanks. The navigation tower was modified to allow for loading and unloading of materials on either side of the vehicle.
    • Custom Fixture Automatic Guided  Vehicle

    • JBT Corporation's experience with Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) allows us to approach each new challenge with proven methodology and a core of proven designs. These standard designs can then be extended to solve difficult and unique material handling challenges. This vehicle is a short counterbalance vehicle with a custom load handling attachment to handle jet engine components.
    • Custom Lift Deck Automatic Guided Vehicle

    • JBT Corporation's experience with Automated/Self Guided Vehicles (AGVs/SGVs) allows us to approach each new challenge with proven methodology and a core of proven designs. These standard designs can then be extended to solve difficult and unique material handling challenges. This vehicle is a large lift deck vehicle with a custom load handling attachment. The vehicle was designed to transport large kitchen appliances during the manufacturing process.
    • Large Roll Automated Guided Vehicle

    • JBT Corporation's experience with Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) allows us to approach each new challenge with proven methodology and a core of proven designs. These standard designs can then be extended to solve difficult and unique material handling challenges. This vehicle is a standard unit load vehicle with a custom load cradle to handle large 15 ton rolls.
    • Pharmaceutical Tote Carrier AGV

    • JBT Corporation's experience with Automated/Self Guided Vehicles (AGVs/SGVs) allows us to approach each new challenge with proven methodology and a core of proven designs. These standard designs can then be extended to solve difficult and unique material handling challenges. This vehicle is a short counterbalance vehicle with a custom load handling attachment to handle totes in a pharmaceutical plant.
    • Single Fork Platen AGV

    • JBT Corporation's experience with Automated/Self Guided Vehicles (AGVs/SGVs) allows us to approach each new challenge with proven methodology and a core of proven designs. These standard designs can then be extended to solve difficult and unique material handling challenges. This vehicle is similiar to a forkover vehicle and has a single fork platen to transport carts with trays of materials in a pharmaceutical plant.
  • SGV Manager Software

  • SGV Manager is a Windows based software tool which controls and monitors the JBT Corporation automated guided vehicle (AGV) system.
    Proven software algorithms efficiently translate material movement requests into optimal vehicle movements with minimum traffic. SGV Manager features include:

    • Automatic real-time vehicle control
    • Automatic real-time system monitoring
    • Object oriented design
    • Network based external interfaces
    • Communication with standard I/O networks
    • Client/Server configuration
    • Windows server
    • Connectivity to an in-house computer network
    • Interface to inventory control systems
    • Complete diagnostic alarm capabilities
    • Intuitive graphical user interface
    • User configurable reports
    • Extensive diagnostic tools
    • SGV System Server

    • The SGV System Control Server is the backbone of the AGV system and coordinates system activity.
    • SGV System Client

    • The SGV System Client(s) provide operators access to the system through SGV Manager graphical user interface software. This software is the primary tool for the user to view, monitor and control operation of the AGV system.
    • Layout Wizard Software

    • Layout Wizard is a user-friendly, graphical software tool used to define and edit the virtual guide paths on which the AGVs can operate.
    • AGV System Engineering Services

    • At JBT Corporation, we supply solutions, not just products. We make certain that the customer achieves the full benefits that were predicted in justifying the AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) project. To support these claims we offer material handling simulations, integration and engineering studies to make certain that all goals are met.
  • Industries Served with Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs)

  • JBT Corporation provides automated material movement for customers in a wide variety of industries.
    The JBT Corporation Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) Product Line fully addresses the material handling and material movement needs of all of the primary application industries that use AGVs including Automotive, Commercial Print, Chemical, Hospital, Food/Beverage, Newspaper, Pharmaceutical, Paper, Manufacturing, Warehouse/Distribution Center and many other industries. Our automated material handling equipment reduces manual intervention and labor, thus proving efficient in some of the tedious task of material handling and movement.
    • Automotive

    • Automatic Guided Vehicles for Automotive Industry Applications
    • Chemical

    • Automatic Guided Vehicles for Chemical Industry Applications
    • Commercial Print

    • JBT Corporation is experienced in providing automatic guided vehicle (AGV) systems for the commerical print industry
    • Food and Beverage

    • Automatic Guided Vehicles for Food & Beverage Industry Applications
    • Hospital

    • Automatic Guided Vehicles for the Hospital & Healthcare Industry
    • Manufacturing

    • Automatic Guided Vehicles for the Manufacturing Industry
    • Newspaper

    • Automatic Guided Vehicles for Newspaper Applications
    • Paper Industry

    • Automatic Guided Vehicles for Paper Industry & Roll Handling applications.
    • Pharmaceutical

    • Automatic Guided Vehicles for Pharmaceutical applications.
    • Warehouse & Distribution

    • Automatic Guided Vehicles for Warehousing and Distribution applications.
  • Applications

  • JBT Corporation AGVs are used in a wide variety of material handling applications. Whether it's handling pallets, rolls, racks, carts, containers or other materials JBT Corporation will develop the right solution to meet your material handling requirements.
    Although these successful JBT Corporation AGV applications are very diverse, all of these AGV applications have a few things in common.

    First, meeting the project return on investment goals is an absolute requirement. This is consistently done by JBT Corporation because we are committed to bringing the AGV project in on time and within budget. Second, every item delivered or material handling done precisely by our AGV system needs to arrive at the right place, at the right time, just in time, every time. That’s why JBT Corporation is so serious about their AGV material handling systems' reliability, maximizing vehicle uptime, and providing unmatched AGV support.

    Even though you may not see your exact material handling application specified on these web pages, you can be sure that JBT Corporation has experience that will help us understand your goals and knowledge that will help us allow you to consistently achieve those goals.
    • Trailer Loading

    • For movement of materials in between production lines or through assembly cells
    • Raw Material Handling

    • Timely, reliable delivery of raw materials is a necessity for any manufacturing operation.
    • Work - in - Process Movement

    • For movement of materials in between production lines or through assembly cells
    • Pallet Handling

    • Automated movement of pallets is the most common automatic guided vehicle (AGV) application.
    • Finished Product Handling

    • JBT Corporation ensures gentle and precise handling of finished products.
    • Tooling Movement

    • AGVs for regular, predictable changeout of tooling.
    • Roll Handling

    • When it comes to automatic roll handling JBT Corporation is the expert
    • Delivery of Supplies

    • Delivery of supplies at the right place, at the right time, every time.
    • Custom Applications

    • JBT Corporation provides custom designed AGVs to meet unique material handling challenges