Role of Heavy Duty Casters in AGV Performance

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) have applications across diverse industries for efficiently transporting goods and materials. These versatile vehicles have the option of being powered either by batteries or electricity.

The trend is shifting towards the rising popularity of battery-powered AGVs, attributed to their eco-friendly nature and suitability for deployment in areas lacking electrical infrastructure. This shift underscores the growing recognition of the environmental benefits and adaptability of battery-powered AGVs compared to their electrically powered counterparts.

However, AGV batteries can be expensive, so doing everything possible to extend AGV battery life with heavy duty casters is essential. Heavy duty casters can reduce the energy required to move the AGV and help the battery last longer.

One great example is Caster Concepts TWERGO® Twin- and Triple-wheel designs. These casters have independently spinning wheels that rotate in either direction. This design minimizes friction and reduces the effort of turning and maneuvering. Less friction and less force to turn mean less battery drain, making them ideal for AGVs and long Tugger trains.

Mitigating caster wear and tear.

Durability is a pivotal consideration regarding the functionality of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), particularly about the stress exerted on their casters due to the substantial weight they often bear. In this context, using heavy-duty casters becomes paramount, as they are specifically engineered to endure the significant weight of heavier loads.

Incorporating heavy-duty casters serves the dual purpose of mitigating wear and tear on the casters and preserving the overall integrity of other essential components within the AGV system. This strategic choice contributes to the prolonged operational lifespan of AGVs, ensuring sustained efficiency and reliability in material transportation processes.

Finally, always appreciate the value of a smooth ride. A bumpy ride can damage an AGV’s battery, which isn’t cheap to replace. Heavy duty casters feature precision bearings and are designed to provide a smoother ride, which can help reduce the risk of damage to the battery.

Improving battery life by reducing the effort needed to move the AGV in the first place.

Heavy duty casters can help improve AGV battery life by reducing energy consumption, wear and tear, and minimizing vibration. If you are using AGVs in your business, consider using heavy-duty casters to extend the lifespan of your batteries and reduce your operating costs.

The TWERGO® patented parabolic wheel face with a tapered tread design promotes a tight turning radius and increased ergonomics in starting and maneuvering carts.

Heavy-duty casters can provide many advantages besides the value of battery life.

  • Increased safety: Heavy-duty casters can help to prevent accidents by reducing the risk of tipping and spills.
  • Improved maneuverability: Industrial casters can make AGVs more maneuverable, making it easier to navigate tight spaces.
  • Reduced noise and vibration: Heavy duty casters can reduce noise and vibration levels, making AGVs more comfortable to work with while helping them track better
  • Increased productivity: Industrial casters can help to increase productivity by making AGVs more efficient.
AGV Casters with Poly Toe Guard

AGV Casters with Poly Toe Guard

Choosing the right caster type is essential for the demanding use of AGVs. There are various factors to consider, such as the weight of the AGV, the kind of terrain it will be operating on, and the required level of durability.

And don’t forget these critical battery maintenance tips. Overcharging a battery can cause damage to the battery’s positive plate. When a new battery is used, a battery terminal protector should be added to protect the battery and reduce corrosion. It’s also worth scheduling time to clean your batteries regularly to prevent the build-up of dust and dirt, which can also reduce a battery’s lifespan.

Caster Concepts has a full line of AGV cart casters and wheels designed for use with AGVs and tuggers. To learn more, check out our ergonomic products page or contact us by email, Live Chat, or call 888-781-3379.