Automatic Guided Vehicles
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- Operator positions cart in adesignated pick up location.
- The operator submits a request for cart movement using a handheld PC/PDA or touch screen. In some cases, the request can be created automatically by an overhead sensor which detects the presence of the cart in the pick-up location. This request is transmitted to the Host PC.
- The Host PC compares this order's priority level to other requests, and dispatches the closest available vehicle to complete the task. The Host PC interfaces with the elevators and automatic doors to facilitate movement of the carts.
- The vehicle is equipped with an array of sensors which allow it to safely navigate unmanned througout the facility. Once the vehicle arrives at the pick up location the cart type is identified (via barcode, RFID, etc) to verify it will be delivered to the proper destination.
- The vehicle controller notifies the Host PC of its location including arrival at the pickup and delivery points. All cart and vehicle movements are recorded in the database.
- The materials/supplies arrive at the destination on time as planned. The Host PC maintains a permanent record of the cart movements which are summarized in custom reports.
Automated Transport SystemAutomated Delivery to and from Central Distribution areas and Patient Floors
Fully Automated Delivery Of:
- Dietary trays
- Cart washers
- Automatic doors
- Paging and alarm systems
- Warehouse management systems Tracks All Movement
- In central supply
- On each patient floor
- At dietary
- Through the cart washer
- At the waste docks
- On board the vehicle
System BenefitsPatient Care
Automatic transportation of materials & supplies in the hospital frees staff, allowing them to spend more time in direct contact with patients and improve patient care.
Employees spend less time transporting heavy carts, reducing the potential for work related injuries.
Return on Investment
The system delivers a quick return on investment by:
- Reducing labour (FTE) and inventory costs
- Eliminating time wasted looking for supplies and waiting for elevators
- Improving efficiency
Only authorized personnel using their standard hospital identification can access the system to transport materials. Unauthorized movement of materials is also monitored through sensors onboard the vehicle.
The right materials are delivered to the right place at the right time. The system prioritizes material requests in order of importance ensuring materials always arrive on time. The onboard cart identification ensures the correct loads are transported and prevents material distribution errors.
Provides permanent record of all material movements eliminating "lost" materials.
System administrators can optimize system response time by:
- Staging vehicles at Dietary before meal delivery
- Adjusting battery charge times to allow a maximum number of vehicles to be available for peak usage
- Using the Layout Wizard software to adjust vehicle guide paths
- Monitoring the entire system using the handheld PCv