automated guided vehicle system (AGVS)

(logistics) A materials handling system that utilizes computer-controlled, battery-powered, driverless vehicles that move along guided paths. These systems are utilized in manufacturing plants and warehouses, may be automatically or manually loaded and unloaded and are designed for applications with load capacities ranging from 20 to 120,000 kilograms (10-55,000 pounds). For example, a manufacturing plant might utilize an AGVS with an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) to automatically retrieve component parts from a warehouse just as they are needed for assembly on the shop floor. See automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS).

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