What’s the difference between TUG and an AGV?

The future of robotics is autonomous

Back in the 1950s, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) became the first robots to be used in manufacturing environments. While they were advanced for their time, their time has long passed. The TUG has been developed by basically improving almost every aspect of AGV robot technology. In the process, we launched a brand new class of robots – Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs).

Quick installation

TUGs have a faster time-to-benefit than AGVs. Maps are quickly generated, routes and delivery points are digitally established, and charging stations are simply plugged into the wall. Older AGV systems require fixed investment in similar elements resulting in systems that takes longer time (and a significant higher cost) to deploy.

Increased operational flexibility

An AGV typically requires fixed specialty signifiers like tracks, wires, tape and reflectors to navigate. AMRs like TUG feature modern technology including camera- and laser-based navigational systems to allow safe operation in nearly any indoor environment.

Improved human-robot interaction

An AGV is typically limited to the “back of house” and well defined or even dedicated travel lanes. An AMR like TUG can drive where people walk and work and become a collaborative technology seamlessly operating with the work environment. That is why we also call the TUG a cobot – a collaborative robot.

Future-proof reprogramming

Unlike fixed route AGVs, AMRs like TUG can be reprogrammed onsite or even remotely whenever routes or delivery points need to change. That means, as your needs change, TUG can with the integrated Command Cloud management center change right along with you.