Technology companies SAFELOG and Wiferion have become development partners to achieve the goal of jointly increasing the performance of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and enabling new application concepts.
The cooperation involves the intralogistics expert SAFELOG equipping all new AGVs with Wiferion’s inductive point charging systems as standard in the future. In addition, the energy specialists from Wiferion will consistently further develop their wireless charging technology based on SAFELOG’s market requirements.
Easy integration, flexibility and maximum availability – this is the claim with which SAFELOG develops its automated guided vehicles. The company is considered one of the leading producers of flexible and scalable AGV models for internal transport tasks in production and intralogistics. The cooperation with Wiferion heralds the next stage in SAFELOG’s innovation cycle. With the advancing level of automation, the demands on AGVs and the periphery are also growing.
“In the future, inductive charging technology will play a key role in helping our customers increase their productivity in a process-safe manner,” explains SAFELOG Managing Director Mathias Behounek. “Our common goal is to gain further market share by bundling our competencies in the areas of vehicle development and energy supply with an intelligent and user-oriented automation solution.”
Inductive power supply integrated as standard
Inductive charging technology is integrated as standard in all new-generation SAFELOG AGVs. The energy supply is fully automated during operation without interrupting the material flow. Contamination of the working environment through abrasion, as occurs with sliding contacts, is eliminated. Process reliability is increased.
Like all SAFELOG AGVs, the new AGV models will also be equipped with agent-based control and will communicate with each other in the swarm as well as with the surrounding production and logistics facilities. This makes a higher-level control station superfluous.
As part of the technology partnership, Wiferion will continuously develop its inductive energy systems. “As a major supplier in the automotive and industrial sectors, SAFELOG knows exactly where tomorrow’s production requirements are heading. We want to respond to these signals from the market at an early stage and develop solutions that meet requirements,” says Julian Seume, CMO and Head of Sales at Wiferion.