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Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) - testing and certification

Ensure safety compliance and global market access

Validated safety for your AGV

AGVs (also called automatic guided vehicles) and automated guided vehicle systems (AGVS) have become indispensable for the automated operations within manufacturing, logistics and hospitals. To ensure reliable performance and safety, TÜV SÜD offers a complete portfolio of AGV testing and certification services. Backed by in-depth safety expertise, combined with years of experience in the field of automation and AGVs, TÜV SÜD partners with manufacturers, suppliers, integrators and operators to assess and validate AGV safety compliance. The goal: Easy access to your key markets – whether it is Asia, Europe, or North America.

 

what is an AGV system?

An AGVS is a floor-based conveyor network with the primary task of transporting materials, both within industrial buildings and across company premises. They consist of the following elements: one or more automated guided vehicles, a master control system, equipment for location determination and position detection, equipment for data transmission, infrastructure, and peripheral equipment.

 

Why are AGVS important?

AGVS help to automate and optimise logistics processes. As they provide continuous service around the clock and can be flexibly assigned for a variety of applications, their contribution to increased efficiency and productivity is significant.

 

Validate AGV safety compliance with TÜV SÜD

TÜV SÜD is your reliable partner for AGV safety compliance and global market access. Our portfolio covers the required testing of the fundamental functions of an AGV and its control system, irrespective of the technology used. Additionally, our Global Market Access (GMA) experts perform testing and certification services based on applicable standards and regulations in the European, Asian and North American markets.

 

Our service portfolio

  • Development testing - from risk assessment to mass production readiness
  • Testing of AGVs and their systems according to applicable standards and guidelines
  • Assessment of communication protocols and data security, as well as Industry 4.0 capabilities
  • Environmental and EMV testing
  • Training on directives and standards

 

We also provide the following certifications:

  • Product safety certifications for EU, UK, USA and Canada (NRTL), Asia and Russia.
  • Certification of safety components and functionality.
  • Explosion protection certification. TÜV SÜD offers an integrated certification process to assess and validate conformance to both ATEX, and IECEx requirements.

 

  • Testing in accordance with the new ANSI/RIA R 15.08 standard

    Keeping up with the latest developments – which involves including new standards to our portfolio of testing and certification services as quickly as possible – is one of our top priorities. This also applies to the ANSI/RIA R 15.08 standard, the first standard to organise industrial mobile robots into categories and define the relevant safety requirements.

    Testing in accordance with ANSI/RIA R 15.08 determines safety-related factors including motion modes, navigation types, admissible speed and stopping distance. We assess how the mobile robot responds to unexpected obstacles and whether - and how - it avoids collisions. In addition, we verify the robot’s electromagnetic compatibility with other equipment and networks in the vicinity and ensure that its operation is safe across all modes.

    All tests related to these and all other requirements of the ANSI/RIA R 15.08 standard are provided by our testing laboratories. Our employees have in-depth know-how concerning the new standard and draw on years of experience in the field of robot testing. This gives you certainty and guarantees smooth testing, which saves you time and costs.

    Facilitate smooth access to the North American market with testing and certification based on ANSI/RIA R 15.08 - contact us to learn more!

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