ECA GROUP is specialized in providing specific, high-technology solutions for world recognized industrial partners. These solutions are capable to operate in most demanding environments such as aluminium smelters, nuclear plants or aerospace factories.
ECA GROUP designs, builds and develops turnkey solutions for industry 4.0, such as Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV).
Nowadays production management is seeking for innovative solutions to be developed, qualified and implemented without interruption or modification of existing flow and infrastructures. Their objectives being to optimize the production, reduce costs and comply with environmental and safety sandards.
Leveraging its 50 years of expertise in industrial robotics, ECA GROUP's new generation of Automated Guided Vehicles address today’s requirements of manufacturers and their suppliers of logistic equipment.
The ideal solution for autonomous logistic applications
ECA GROUP’s knowledge and experience of industrial manufacturing associated to its innovative and proven unmanned solutions allow now industrials to optimize their logistics for complex operations inside or outside their premises.
ECA GROUP has recently developed an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) technology dedicated for industry logistics applications in order to make processes more cost efficient and safer.
This solution is dedicated to autonomous management of heavy loads in industrial environment. It consists of a fleet management system and of one or more Self Driving Vehicles of different types specifically adapted for anodes or metal crucibles transportation.
This system operates INDOOR or OUTDOOR with high accuracy localization working independently from any external device (like satellites for the GPS or reflectors for laser positioning systems).
- Self-driving vehicles
- Easy integration without additional infrastructures
- Modular AGVs to manage different load sizes and weights
- No infrastructures required for guiding
- Centralized fleet management
- Smart navigation preventing collision or damage while maneuvering operations
- Indoor/outdoor multi-building navigation
- High accuracy localization thanks to simultaneous localization and mapping navigation system
- Intelligent pallet docking
- Up to 12T pallets - standardized and non standardized
- 100% electric actuators
- Short turning radius
- Virtual bumper
- Up to 15km/h speed
Drive Indoor/Outdoor and between several buildings
As autonomous cars, the automated industrial vehicles developed by ECA GROUP are based on the SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) technology which enables the machine to “recognize” its environment and adapt its navigation/behavior to a given situation and be in compliance with the highest safety requirements.
Designed and developed for indoor, outdoor and multi-building operations, without any existing infrastructure modification or any additional installations, ECA GROUP AGVs are the first of the kind and already being produced, delivered and tested in one of most demanding industrial environment such as an aluminum smelter plant.
- Industrial plants
- Aerospace industries
- Metal Manufacturing
- Naval construction
Another challenge for designing AGVs is to reduce its environmental footprint.
To meet these expectations and forthcoming regulations, ECA GROUP has been focusing its efforts to improve the hybridization of its AGVs and offer efficient electricity powered autonomous logistic vehicles in the near future.
Further developments focus on securing the load itself when exceeding the AGV size in order to build a “virtual wall” around it and prevent damage during maneuvering operations.
The SLAM navigation system already ensures safety and anti-collision against any object or people around. In addition, 4 Lidar sensors all around guarantee ultimately independent safety (Safety virtual bumper)
In addition, the centralized fleet management mode allows to operate missions of several Autonomous AGVs and to manage stocks, locations and traffic network.
ECA GROUP has developed another innovative approach for its AGVs as a fleet: thanks to a dedicated software, industrials will be able to easily manage several AGVs within their plant whether for individual or simultaneous handling.
A multipurpose solution to manage different sizes and weights of loads based on modular AGVs has also been developed. Thus, two or more AGVs can be connected in order to work in a swarm mode which increases and diversifies the handling capacity. Benefitting from these latest developments, ECA GROUP AGVs can handle both standardized loads such as euro-pallets as well as non-standardized loads.
ECA GROUP: expertise at all phases of the project
ECA GROUP know-how include all the phases of complex System Engineering, such as :
- Designs, FEM calculations
- On-site integration
- Tests, reports
- Integrated Logistic Support
- Long-term maintenance planning and execution
ECA GROUP supports its industrial customers during all the phases of the project, from the feasibility study up to the installation of the AGVs and the Fleet Management System.