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  • Automation with robotic vehicles has always provided safe, precise, on-time delivery of materials in manufacturing and warehousing environments. Our customers have already saved millions by utilizing automatic guided vehicle (AGV) technology in their facilities. So, if installing one AGV is a good idea and installing ten is an even better approach, then what's the best solution?

    Strategically automating your enterprise with robotic vehicle systems.

    How do we fit into this smart business decision? At JBT, we use innovative technology, years of experience, and a global support system to provide customers with the right solution across all of their facilities. Trusting us means leveraging the largest team of AGV experts in the world. We're dedicated to the AGV industry and have been since the mid-1980s. A partnership with us translates into optimal savings and reliable solutions.
Product Portfolio
  • AGVs

  • Challenge us with your toughest, most complex material handling problems. Our innovative solution set includes both standard (forked, unit load, towing) and custom automatic guided vehicle (AGV) designs along with the software, making the difficult seem easy.
      • Forked AGVs

      • Our most flexible set of robotic vehicles, forked automated guided vehicles (AGVs) offer customers a rugged, adaptable solution to their material handling challenges.
          • Counterbalance

          • Ideal for handling pallets, racks, and rolls, our counterbalance automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) excel in floor-to-floor transfers. However, they are not limited to floor operations and can interface with plant equipment, like racks, conveyors, and AS/RS. Our counterbalance vehicles also provide excellent versatility. The lift mast, mounted at the very end of the vehicle, keeps the AGV clear of loads and minimizes vehicle width. This allows the AGV to handle multiple load types without complications.

            • Small footprint for optimal maneuverability
            • Navigates tight spaces
            • Interfaces with racks, conveyors, AS/RS, and other plant equipment
            • Compatible with various fork attachments, such as double forks
          • Forkover

          • From Euro-pallets to wire baskets, our forkover automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) make handling open-bottom containers and skids simple. The stabilizers placed beneath the fork legs improve the AGV’s positioning. Plus, our forkover vehicles make tighter turns and have greater maneuverability in narrow aisles compared to other AGV styles. With the ability to interface with conveyors, racking, and stands, our forkover AGVs perform typical forklift operations more efficiently.

            • Small footprint for optimal maneuverability
            • Navigates tight spaces
            • Interfaces with racks, conveyors, AS/RS, and other plant equipment
            • Ideal for open-bottom containers
          • Narrow Aisle

          • Ideal for work in warehouses and distribution centers, our narrow aisle automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) place pallets and containers into high-bay racks with ease. Equipped with a trilateral turret, narrow aisle AGVs can enter a narrow aisle, pickup at any storage location in the rack, and transport loads through the aisle to required delivery points. They can also pick and drop from the floor. With multiple navigation methods that adapt to the demands of individual AGV maneuvers, our narrow aisle vehicles deliver throughout your facility.

            • Multiple load detection sensors verify load presence and load placement
            • Trilateral, turret attachment allows storage and retrieval 180⁰ to the front of the vehicle
            • Flexible navigation that adapts to the demands of the operation
            • Ideal for operation inside high-bay racking
          • Outrigger

          • Perfect for handling pallets, racks, and rolls, our outrigger, or straddle, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) can move materials across your facility or plant. These AGVs perform particularly well in floor-to-floor transfers. Equipped with two horizontal stabilizing legs, the outrigger vehicles straddle the load during the lift or lower cycle and offer more support to the load as well as to the AGV itself. The stabilizing legs also create a smaller vehicle footprint, giving the outrigger AGV even more maneuverability.

            • Small footprint for optimal maneuverability
            • Horizontal straddle legs for improved load stability
            • Interfaces with racks, conveyors, AS/RS, and other plant equipment
            • Works in a variety of applications and industries
          • Reach

          • Ideal for work in narrow aisles and double deep racking, our reach automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) handle stable loads like pallets and racks. They can also perform picks and drops on the floor, conveyors, and stands. In order to complete these operations, the forks mounted on the vehicles extend to lift or to place the load in designated locations. The result is an agile vehicle capable of maneuvering in tight areas and offering you maximum flexibility.

            • Interfaces with AS/RS, conveyors, racking, and other plant equipment
            • Works well with double deep, flow, and push back racks
            • Operates flawlessly in tight areas
            • Ideal for work in narrow aisles and racking
        • JayBoT™ AGVs

              • JayBoT™

              • A simple, low cost solution for mid-sized applications, our JayBoT™ automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) provide automation at an affordable price. Perfect for companies looking for an entry-level solution, the JayBoT™ performs simple A-to-B material movements with ease. These smaller systems operate without the cost and complexity of a centralized AGV system manager, and they can be incorporated into a larger, fully integrated AGV system as your needs continue to grow.

                • Low-cost AGV system for simple A-to-B material movement
                • Reduce labor costs
                • Improve safety
                • Eliminate product and facility damage
                • Can be incorporated into a fully hosted system in the future
          • Special Application AGVs

          • Each of our Special Application automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) have been optimized to address a specific material handling challenge that can not be adequately addressed by one of our standard vehicles.
              • ATLIS

              • Ideal for moving hospital carts, our ATLIS automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) transport materials throughout your healthcare facility. Equipped with an electric lift deck, our ATLIS AGVs position underneath loads to pick or drop from the floor or from a stand. They handle payloads up to 1,500lbs (680kg) and automatically interface with elevators for service to multiple floors. Plus, as the smallest vehicles in our fleet, our ATLIS AGVs navigate tight corners and hallways with ease.

                • Lifts loads with minimal clearance
                • Works well with hospital staff
                • Compact design for greatest maneuverability
              • Automated Batch Retort

              • Specially designed to automate the transfer of pallets between automated machinery like retort sterilizers, our automated batch retort (ABR) automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) can handle contact with water and steam. By interfacing directly with automated machinery, the ABR vehicle maintains a high-level of food safety. Plus, its stainless steel body panels make it easy to wash down. Handling multiple loads at once, the ABR AGV improves efficiency and productivity while reducing plant and product damage.

                • Easily washed down, adhering to food safety standards
                • Seamlessly transfers loads to and from automated machinery
                • Improves efficiency and productivity
              • Automated Trailer Loading

              • As supply chain and logistics become an integral part of any successful business, our automated trailer loading (ATL) automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) provide a safe, efficient, and automated solution to trailer loading and unloading, all without any modifications to docks and trailers. Equipped with a single/double fork attachment, our trailer loading AGVs can handle double or single loads and provide optimum flexibility for loading patterns. Plus, a tilting mast and soft tires ease travel over dock plates.

                • Single/double attachment supports varying loads and loading patterns
                • Soft tires cushion loads and improve traction
                • Tilting mast accommodates the slope of trailers
                • Increase safety
                • Eliminate lost product and incorrect shipments
              • Blank Handler

              • Designed to carry steel and aluminum sheets, our blank handling automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) simplify the transport of this cumbersome material. Each model of our blank handling vehicles can interface with a variety of plant equipment, such as press shuttle forks, conveyors, press tunnels, AS/RS, stackers, and even press lines. With capacities up to 30,000lb (13,600kg), our blank handling AGVs improve safety while increasing productivity. Our blank handling AGVs also feature variable lift height to accommodate your needs.

                • Allows for automated movement of large steel or aluminum blanks
                • Minimizes need for manual vehicle interaction
                • Interfaces with press shuttle forks, press tunnels, and press lines
                • Specially designed to handle steel and aluminum blanks
                • Moves more than one blank at a time
              • Clamp

              • Whether you’re handling un-palletized materials or rolls, our clamp automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) can carry the load. Our flat clamp AGV uses a precisely controlled hydraulic clamp to lift and release loose materials, like boxes and packaging supplies, without damaging them. Meanwhile, our roll clamp AGV utilizes a similar hydraulic attachment to pick and drop rolls. In either case, our vehicles efficiently and reliably deliver your materials to the correct location.

                • Polyurethane linings on the clamp pads ensure no load marking or damage
                • Stacks reels and rolls without racking
                • Ideal for handling un-palletized loads
              • Custom

              • Some material handling applications require a truly custom solution, and we provide custom-designed automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) to meet these unique challenges. Although these vehicles contain one-of-a-kind features, our experience allows us to design them using a proven set of modules that we’ve used before in successful AGV projects. Whether you’re handling jet engine components, large kitchen appliances, or pharmaceutical totes, we can provide an AGV solution that meets your needs.

                • Modular approach to custom AGV design using the broadest offering of standard vehicles in the industry
                • Custom-built AGV to meet material handling challenges
                • Unique AGVs with minimal delivery time and cost
              • Large Roll

              • Ideal for handling wide diameter rolls of film, plastic, or paper, our large roll automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) simplify the movement of this cumbersome material. These unit load AGVs cradle rolls without damaging product and can carry up to 15,000lbs (6,800kg). Our large roll AGVs easily interface with other plant equipment, like cranes, storage cradles, and machines. Plus, their dual drives make maneuvering in your facility simple. With the ability to adapt to various roll lengths, our large roll vehicles fit your load, no matter its size.

                • A-frame structure to handle even the heaviest loads
                • Interfaces with various plant equipment, like cranes, storage cradles, and machines
                • Dual drive steers for maximum maneuverability
                • Ideal for handling large rolls
              • Press Loading

              • Perfect for moving rolls very accurately, our press loading automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) deliver loads to where you need them most. Equipped with a variety of highly calibrated sensors, our press loading vehicles provide optimal accuracy on every pick and drop. Plus, our press loading AGV’s compact, low profile vehicle design and its lift deck interface perfectly with other AGVs, fork trucks, and press reel arms. With a 4,000lb (1,800kg) maximum carrying capacity, our press loading vehicles transport rolls without hassle.

                • Precise delivery of rolls
                • Low profile AGV
                • Interfaces with fork trucks, press reel arms, and other AGVs
                • Ideal for roll applications that require a high degree of accuracy
            • Towing AGVs

                  • Towing AGV

                  • Perfect for pulling wheeled carts, our towing, or tugger, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) haul more loads per trip than other AGVs. As a result, they improve productivity even more than other models. Our towing AGVs can interface with other automated systems, including forked AGVs. Plus, they can be modified with several different hitch types in order to fit your operation and your budget. Available in three standard capacities, our towing AGVs maximize productivity and efficiency in your facility.

                    • More productive than other types of AGVs
                    • Interfaces with other automated equipment
                    • Can be loaded or unloaded manually or automatically
                    • Ideal for puling wheeled carts
              • Unit Load AGVs

              • Sometimes referred to as "top carriers," unit load automated guided vehicles (AGVs) date back to the earliest iterations of AGVs and can carry various load types.
                  • Conveyor Deck

                  • Perfect for handling pallets and racks, our conveyor deck automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) smoothly transfer loads to and from conveyors. Equipped with a variable speed drive to operate the rollers, these vehicles synchronize with the conveyor to provide fluid and accurate positioning of the load. Our conveyor deck AGVs can load and unload from both directions, resulting in improved productivity in your facility. Plus, they can interface with AS/RS as well as conveyors.

                    • Transfers loads smoothly to conveyors
                    • Left and right loading and unloading for maximum flexibility and improved productivity
                    • Interfaces with conveyors and AS/RS
                    • Ideal for handling loads that need to interface with conveyors
                  • Lift Deck

                  • Ideal for handling pallets and racks, our lift deck automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) transfer loads to and from stands. These vehicles can carry several different types of pallets and provide optimum flexibility. Equipped with load top sensors, our lift deck AGVs accurately position loads, regardless of pallet size. Plus, their customizable lift height allows them to be molded to your specific needs. By linking directly to stands, our lift deck vehicles service other plant equipment, like conveyors and AS/RS, and meet your unique requirements.

                    • Interfaces with stands to service other conveyors, AS/RS, and material handling equipment
                    • Transports several different types of pallets with one type of AGV
                    • Accurately position loads, regardless of pallet or rack size
                    • Ideal for handling loads that need to interface with plant equipment and cannot be transported with forklifts
                • Software & Services

                • While the vehicles themselves often capture customer's focus, the software drives system productivity. Our services help you develop the optimum solution and make sure it keeps operating at peak efficiency.
                    • Software

                    • While the vehicles are the arms and legs doing the work, the software is the brain coordinating all movements. Our software has millions of hours of work behind it and is continually improved to do even more.
                    • AGV Engineering Services

                    • You believe strongly that automated guided vehicle (AGV) automation can deliver great benefits but don' t know where to start. And you have a facility to run and don' t have the time dig into the details of analyzing what applications will deliver the largest returns. You really need to determine the AGV system cost so you can review the return on investment (ROI) and payback and get the project started.

                      We are here to help. Our experienced application engineers will work with you, supplementing your in-house resources to create a project definition and scope.

                      • Manufacturing output analysis
                      • Inventory storage layout
                      • Material flow spreadsheet calculations
                      • Material flow simulation modeling
                      • AGV quantity calculations
                      • Descriptions of operations
                      • AGV system pricing
                    • PRoCARE™

                    • What happens after your automatic guided vehicle (AGV) system is installed? It’s a question that many customers ask, and at JBT, we provide a spectrum of service options to match your specific needs. Our tiered ProCARE™ support program offers a range of preventative and maintenance services. Every ProCARE™ level includes access to a 24-hour technical hotline in addition to other escalating options. Regardless of the tier that you choose, we will help you keep your AGV system running optimally.

                      • Bronze, Silver, and Gold support levels
                      • Preventative system check-ups included some support levels
                      • 24-hour technical support hotline available at every level
                      • Covers system, server, and vehicle assistance
                  • Applications

                  • Our automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) are used in a wide variety of material handling applications. Whether it's moving pallets, rolls, racks, carts, containers or other items, we develop the right solution to meet your material handling requirements.
                      • Trailer Loading

                      • Shipping and receiving in the dock area is typically one of the busiest activities and potentially most dangerous locations in many industrial facilities. Our automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) improve operations in the dock area with fully automated loading and unloading of standard, over-the-load trailers. Our trailer loading/unloading AGV moves pallets, racks or other loads from the end of the line stretch wrappers , the warehouse or staging lanes and places them directly into the trailer. Similarly, we move incoming products and store them where you need them.

                        • Increase safety with predictable, controlled movement
                        • Eliminate potential for incorrect shipments caused by loading the wrong products
                        • Eliminate product damage caused by inappropriate handling
                        • Reduce truck turn-around times
                        • Reduce facility damage, especially to dock doors and other dock area equipment
                      • Material & Work-in-Process Movement

                      • Timely delivery of materials is essential to maximize productivity and operational efficiency. The right materials have to be delivered to the right place, at the right time, just in time, every time. Our automated guided vehicles (AGVs) coordinate the optimal flow of materials, whether it’s delivering raw materials or moving work-in-process (WIP). We keep your processing cells and centers operating at peak efficiency with timely delivery of incoming raw materials and removal of processed goods.
                         
                        • Increase safety with predictable, controlled movement
                        • Eliminate machine downtime caused by late or wrong raw material delivery
                        • Eliminate product damage caused by inappropriate handling
                        • Increase machine uptime with prompt removal of completed parts
                        • Reduce facility, container, or fixture damage cause by impact with manual fork lifts
                      • Pallet Handling

                      • One of the most common applications for automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), automated movement of pallets makes your operation run smoother. The standard design and uniformity of pallets make them a natural load for automation. Even though the exact dimensions and weights of the final pallet loads may vary, all standard sizes fall well within the capabilities of our standard forked and unit load AGVs. Many manufacturing and distribution facilities have automated their very routine, repetitive pallet movements.

                        • Reduce product damage with precise vehicle and load positioning
                        • Minimize labor costs and reassign labor to more value added tasks
                        • Improve safety with controlled acceleration, deceleration and obstacle detection
                      • End of Line Handling

                      • End of line automated guided vehicle (AGV) applications typically occur after the manufacturing and packaging of products within the food, beverage, and fast moving consumer goods industries. Common movements include transport of full pallets of finished product from palletizers to stretch wrappers, from stretch wrappers to storage/staging, and from storage/staging to shipping. These predictable, repetitive maneuvers at end of line provide a substantial return on investment (ROI) and quick payback on operations that run several shifts.

                        • Reduced damage of packaging equipment - palletizers and stretch wrappers
                        • Reduced damage of finished goods
                        • Improved hygiene and cleanliness
                        • Reduced labor cost and reassign labor to more value added tasks
                        • Improved safety with controlled acceleration/deceleration
                      • Roll Handling

                      • Manufacturing of paper, textile, flooring, roofing and many other flat substrates produces rolls/reels at the exit of the process. These rolls must then be moved from the forming or primary processing machines to other machines for further processing and then on to storage. Automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) are often used to automate movement of the rolls/reels between these processing stages and into the warehouse.

                        • Eliminate roll damage due to handling
                        • Reduce order errors caused by delivery of the wrong rolls to processing machines
                        • Eliminate machine damage from manual vehicle impact
                        • Increase secondary processing machine up-time with delivery of undamaged rolls
                        • Eliminate need for overhead crane
                      • Custom Applications

                      • Automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) can often be successfully applied wherever there is routine, predictable material movement in batches or unit loads. Some of the applications solved by AGVs involve highly customized solutions. These solutions can include custom vehicle designs that are applied to unique applications in non-traditional vertical markets. The majority of applications are found in industrial settings and environments.

                        • Solution directly targets specific application
                        • Modular system architecture, controls and vehicle design allow customization
                    • Industries

                    • We provide automated material handling solutions for customers in a wide variety of industries.
                        • Automotive

                        • Today's cars are amazing machines, and making them requires the highest levels of attention and care. As such, every facet of material handling within the automotive industry demands equally high performance. Luckily, we know how to meet these expectations. We have consistently delivered automatic guided vehicle (AGV) systems to major car manufacturers for years, and we have been identified as the supplier of choice time and time again. Our automotive expertise extends into each phase of production. We have installed AGV systems in stamping plants, power train (engine and transmission) facilities, and assembly locations. This range of experience, in conjunction with our diverse set of vehicle types, means that we know how to deliver in the automotive industry.

                          Typical applications include:

                          • Raw material delivery
                          • Work-in-process (WIP) movement between manufacturing cells
                          • Finished goods transport
                          • Automated trailer loading and unloading
                          • Regardless of process you would like to automate, we can help you achieve a fork-free environment.
                        • Fast Moving Consumer Goods

                        • The essentials, the products that people use everyday, don't just appear out of thin air. Dedicated, caring, and forward thinking manufacturers, like you, produce them to help the rest of the world continue to turn. Luckily, our automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can take the stress out of the material handling within your operation. Within the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, we have established ourselves as a leader, and some of the world's largest FMCG companies have trusted us to move their goods from the beginning to the end of the production cycle. Our years of experience and diversified installation base translates into smarter problem solving and a macro-level understanding of the FMCG manufacturing process.

                          Typical applications include:

                          • Automated trailer loading and unloading
                          • Raw material delivery
                          • Work-in-process movement
                          • Finished goods handling
                          • End-of-line transport
                          • From diapers to toothpaste, and every where in between, our AGVs connect your material handling to the rest of your consumer goods operation.
                        • Food & Beverage

                        • Constantly shifting trends exemplify the food and beverage industry, and in order to stay ahead, flexibility is a must. We understand this need and build our systems and our automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) to achieve optimal versatility. Plus, working closely with our FoodTech group gives us unique insights into the challenges facing the food and beverage industry as well as how they evolve over time. Our AGVs deliver the consistency, safety, and savings that you need in order to nourish the world.

                          Typical applications include:

                          • Storing raw materials in warehouse locations
                          • Delivering materials to production lines
                          • Loading and unloading batch retort sterilizers
                          • Pickups and drop offs at the end of line
                          • Automated trailer loading and unloading
                          • With years of AGV experience and deep knowledge of the food and beverage industry, we can provide you with the right solution to keep your operation running smoothly.
                        • Healthcare

                        • Helping you provide world class healthcare. That's our goal. And we contribute by taking over the routine material deliveries required in your facility, freeing your valued and highly trained staff to spend their time caring directly for patents. Whether we're delivering clean linens, food, surgical supplies, medicine or removing waste, soiled food carts, soiled linens, our ATLIS automated material transport system (ATS) links all central processing areas with patient towers and individual floors. No more manual pushing of heavy carts down long corridors. We offer three different ATLIS vehicle types that pick up and move carts as directed by your staff. Material movement commands are introduced via touchscreen that are strategically located in the facility or deliveries are made following a predetermined schedule.
                        • Manufacturing

                        • Automated material transport using automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) started in manufacturing nearly 50 years ago, and manufacturing remains one of the largest vertical markets for AGVs. The repetitive element in manufacturing makes automation, particularly in material handling applications, creates a tremendous amount of opportunity for savings. Additionally, because on-time delivery and removal is critical to every process, our AGVs can help keep your plant running at peak efficiency.

                          Typical applications include:

                          • Raw material delivery
                          • Movement of work-in-process (WIP)
                          • Transport of waste materials
                          • Removal of finished goods
                          • We can even provide custom AGVs for the transport of uniquely shaped products within the manufacturing industry.
                        • Packaging

                        • Within the packaging industry, automatic guided vehicle (AGV) use is on the rise. From those who produce packaging materials to those that use packaging for their products, many have identified that AGVs can positively impact their companies. We have paid attention to this trend and provide robotic vehicles that conform to the unique demands of packaging environments. Our AGVs provide the safety you need and the efficiency you want.

                          Typical applications include:

                          • Movement of empty bottles, cans, containers, labels, wrappers, lids/caps, slip or layer sheets, and empty pallets
                          • Transport from the end of line to storage or staging
                          • Delivery of materials from storage to the point of use
                          • Now more than ever, our AGVs reliably deliver savings to the packaging industry.
                        • Paper & Tissue

                        • Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) have a long history supporting roll movement. Starting in printing, AGV-supported operations transformed alongside technology and moved on to paper producers. Our robotic vehicles help suppliers minimize costs, and the ever growing tissue and towel industry took notice, too. Now, both groups benefit from reduced labor and eliminated roll damage. We provide several different AGVs capable of handling rolls as well as standard pallets.

                          Typical applications include:
                           
                          • Roll handling throughout the facility
                          • Automated trailer loading and unloading
                          • Finished goods movement
                          • With repetitive material movements throughout paper and tissue facilities, AGVs can positively impact your business.
                        • Warehousing & Distribution

                        • As consumers continue to demand a higher level of customer service than ever before, warehousing and distribution facilities are employing automated guided vehicles (AGVs) more and more often. Within these locations, AGVs can increase savings and reduce plant and product damage. Our vehicles deliver throughout the facility while our software integration protocols simplify the critical communication between your systems and ours.

                          Typical applications include:

                          • Full pallet putaway or cross docking
                          • Supporting picking operations such as:
                          • Goods to picker
                          • Picker to goods
                          • Layer picking
                          • Delivery of empty pallets
                          • Replenishment of full pallets
                          • Transport of picking containers to packing
                          • Movement of packed pallets to shipping
                          • While your warehousing and distribution needs continue to grow, let our AGVs provide the repetitive material movement for you.