Frog AGV Systems
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  • Offer Profile
  • A Frog AGV can handle all your material handling needs - from small parts in totes weighing 50 pounds to pallets and even steel coils or containers weighing 50 tons or more. A Frog AGV can handle just about any load and move it automatically in most environments, indoors or outdoors. Customers include multinationals such as VW, General Motors, Nestlé, Sony and Hewlett Packard, but also smaller, local manufacturers and (3rd party) warehousing companies.
Product Portfolio
  • SOLUTIONS

    • BOX RUNNERS

    • BoxRunners are Frog AGV’s designed to carry small loads: e.g. cardboard or metal boxes and plastic totes. The vehicles are small and the loads are light. Box Runner applications have been installed at (a.o.) Sony and Delphi Automotive Systems.

      Frog's BoxRunner is a multi-load vehicle, in some cases capable of handling four loads at a time. Various load transfers can be used but the most common ones are rollerdecks and belt shuttles. With these types of mechanisms the handling height can be as low as 254mm (10”). The BoxRunners are usually powered by NiCd batteries. For safety the vehicles are equipped with the BEJO infrared obstacle detection sensors, contact strips and a flex bumper.
    • PALLETMOVERS

    • PalletMovers are Frog AGV’s designed for transportation of all pallet sizes. The load itself can range from glass bottles to large computers, printers or steel sheets. PalletMover applications have been installed at (a.o.) Nestlé, ACI and Hewlett Packard.

      A Frog PalletMover is a unit load or dual load vehicle. A dual load PalletMover will typically be fitted with a rollerdeck or chain conveyor. The forklift style AGV, equipped with one or more sets of forks, is more commonly found when the load weight is high, or in case loads need to be picked up from floor level. Large Pallet Movers transporting heavy loads will typically use lead-acid batteries and the certified Sick Sensor for safety. Smaller vehicles could also be equipped with NiCd batteries and BEJO sensors. In all cases the vehicles will be fitted with contact strips on the sides.
    • SPECIALCARRIERS

    • SpecialCarriers are Frog AGVs specially adapted to its specific load. The vehicles are used for transportation of heavy loads or odd sizes. SpecialCarrier applications have been realized (a.o.) in the steel industry (Avesta, Corus) and medical sector (UMC).

      The series of customized SpecialCarriers widely range in size, load (type and weight), load transfer and operating environment. The (heavy-duty) vehicles are often manufactured in close cooperation with specialized partners, always paying special attention to the load transfer. Regarding safety and energy management, all solutions can be offered.
    • PARTNER VEHICLE AUTOMATION

    • Frog AGV Systems provides high quality solutions for automating different types of vehicles and brings you the specialized skills and solutions you need to increase the productivity of your business and give an excellent return on investment. We develop reliable products and partnerships, which can support your business in the long-term.
  • Technology

    • SUPERFROG®

    • The supervisory control system, SuperFROG®, is responsible for work scheduling, traffic control and fleet management.
      Work scheduling, assigning transport requests to vehicles, is based on a customized set of rules. They incorporate elements as vehicle availability, distances, layout and transport requirements. An in-plant production planning or warehouse management system (or SuperFROG®) can generate the transport requests.
      As a traffic cop, SuperFROG® directs traffic, e.g deciding which vehicle has the right-of-way based on its’ priority. It also controls interaction between vehicles and automatic doors, elevators and signaling. The traffic cop function optimizes the total system, as vehicles do not have to wait for each other to pass or doors to open.
       
    • VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY

    • The FROG (Free Ranging On Grid) technology creates intelligent vehicles that can operate in any industrial environment.
      The on board FROG-box® controls the vehicle based on electronic maps (route planning). While driving, the vehicle calculates the distance and direction traveled by counting the number of wheel revolutions and measuring the steering angle (odometry). External reference points are used to correct small inaccuracies that may develop over time when compared to the original planned route (calibration).
      In addition to common calibration methods such as laser and inertial guidance, Frog also offers dGPS (outdoor) and the patented FROG grid solution. The grid is a systematic pattern of reference points – often magnets embedded in the ground – offering the same free ranging capabilities as laser, but without its disadvantages. Besides the navigation software and the grid solution, Frog has developed several components for the safe and reliable operation of Automated Guided Vehicles. These products include the magnetic ruler and the infrared sensor BEJO.
    • TOMCAT

    • TomCat LM is the module that takes care of location management in a warehouse, generating transport orders and tracking the status of unit loads.
      The function of transport order means that TomCat is responsible for having the transports executed in a right sequence. The location management function encompasses sending a transport to the proper destination; remembering where each load is stored and being able to retrieve it from there.
      TomCat works directly with SuperFROG. SuperFROG is connected to field I/O (f.i. a pallet detection sensor) and data from this field I/O is send to TomCat. Based on this information TomCat creates a job in its own database. The job results in a transport for SuperFROG and SuperFROG sends an AGV for executing the transport. When the AGV picks up the load, the load is identified (e.g. by a barcode or an RFID label). Based on this load identification TomCat finds a proper destination for the load.
       
  • AGV Components

    • CAN Conveyor Controller

    • The CAN conveyor controller (C3), is a highly integrated CANopen module. This compact controller is equipped with all necessary I/O required for simple to very complex handling systems.
      The C3 has two full multimode H-bridges for controlling driving motors up to 75W. Handling sensors like load detection, station communication etc, can be connected directly to the C3. All logic and motor connections have separated power supply lines. This also enables integration of motor power supply into a safety circuit. The C3 CAN conveyor controller is protected against overvoltage, overcurrent and polarity.
    • Choppers TwinDrive 30

    • The Frog TwinDrive is a configurable double chopper servo amplifier, for DC brush motors. In the default configuration it is suitable for small Schabmuller type drive/steer motor combinations (e.g. the MIW 15 model). The Frog TwinDrive can be configurated to comply with other motors. The heart of the Frog TwinDrive are two ELMO VIO-15/55 amplifiers. The product is designed to meet the CE and the FCC regulations.
       
    • FrogBox L2

    • The recently developed FrogBox L2 is an industrial controller for compact, cost effective automatic guided vehicles. It allows direct connections to sensory equipment for both I/O and power distribution, aiding to the ease of installation and simplifying control cabinet layouts. The FrogBox L2 can also be applied for all industrial control outside the AGV-industry.
      The FrogBox L2 is based on an upgradeable ETX PC platform, which supports several operating systems. Frog AGV Systems supplies the platform with a Linux operating system.
       
    • Frog Gyro MKII

    • The Frog Gyro is a highly integrated single axis Fiber Optic Rotation Sensor in a robust housing. It measures the angle around its' vertical axis. The angle value has a resolution of 16 bits for the full scale (-180° and +180°). This is a resolution of approximately 0.005°. The heart of the sensor is the Litef μFors-36.
       
    • Hokuyo Infra Red

    • This light-weight and compact optical data transmission device is suitable for data transmission. Examples are interlocking with AGV's and communication of AGV's with with docking stations, elevators, doors or chargers.
      The DMS-series are the parallel type of optical data transmission devices. The DMS-series are available in two different versions, which differ in data transfer capacity. Both the 4-bit and 8-bit data type are available in an head-on or site-on transmission housing. For the transmission range a 1 or 3m range can be selected. The transmission range can be adjusted easily and accurately.
    • Magnetruler MMS L2

    • Within the Frog-technology external reference points are used for correction of possible inaccuracies (calibration). Calibration technologies include laser, (magnet-) grid and dGPS. Calibration by means of the patented magnet-grid requires the magnetruler as hardware.
      The magnetruler contains a tubular waveguide enclosed by an extruded aluminum housing. The magnetruler underneath the vehicle will detect the magnets located in the floor and measure the position of every single magnet. Depending on the ruler-version the corresponding output value is a voltage with either a rising or a falling characteristic. Linear stroke lengths of the magnetruler range from 530 to 2210mm.
    • Touch Screen Display

    • The recent developed Frog Touch Screen Display is a functional screen that makes sure that the most relevant information is available at a glance from the main screen.
      The Frog Touch Screen Display is based on a touch screen with a color display of 5,6". The advanced panel has 320 x 240 pixels. The most relevant information will be available at the main screen like current destination, Load ID and battery status. Mechanically the new Frog Touch Screen Display is compatible with the Frog terminal (IP13.858, IP14.877) using a special adapter bezel.