Ensuring the Uptime of Your Wireless Network
For AGV and AS/RS Systems

Automated material handling (AMH) systems are expected to keep booming in the coming years thanks to developing trends in e-commerce and smart factories. Among the AMH market segments, automated guided vehicles (AGV) have the highest potential for growth (CAGR 9.3%*) followed by automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) (CAGR 7.7%*), in the 4-year period from 2019 to 2024*.


AGV and AS/RS systems are considered “mission critical” assets. An unstable wireless signal could easily disrupt the operation of these systems. To ensure continuous operation, a reliable wireless solution with seamless Wi-Fi connectivity and easy network management is an absolute must.




Key Challenges for Wireless Networks

                                    

                      Hard to Manage

Unlike wired connections, wireless connections
are invisible and affected by a lot of different
factors, making it difficult to spot abnormalities.
Usually, an anomaly would only be discovered
when the AGV or AS/RS system operations
have already been affected. In addition, it's often
hard to find and solve the root cause of wireless
connection issues, causing unnecessary downtime.
All these factors combined make troubleshooting
and managing wireless connections very difficult.


                 

               Unreliable Connectivity

AGVs and AS/RS shuttles are constantly
On the move in a warehouse. The client
Devices that are mounted on mobile AGVs
should be able to roam seamlessly between
access points (AP), without downtime and
support industrial protocol communication
over wireless to enable interaction between
the connected PLCs and the remote controller.
In addition, In addition, Wi-Fi configurations are
complicated, time-consuming, and prone to errors.


                 

               Limited Space and Interference         

Designing AS/RS and AGV systems typically
involves working with limited installation space.
This means that the motors that drive the vehicles
and shuttles often share the same power source as
the communication devices. Hence, wireless devices
mounted on AGV or AS/RS structures must tolerate
interference from neighboring equipment. They should
also be able to withstand the vibration from the constant
movement of the vehicles that they are mounted on.

 



Why Moxa Wireless Solutions Are a Perfect Match for Your AGV and AS/RS Systems

Simplified Network Management

MXview Wireless gives you a clear view of your AGV and AS/RS systems'

wireless network through the visual interface from which you can view the

real-time network topology and the network status dashboard. Moreover,

whenever there is an anomaly, the system will send out an alert automatically.

You can also play back the roaming history to identify and solve the root

cause and get your systems running normally again as

quickly as possible.


Reliable Networks for Mobile Operations

To ensure continuous AGV operations, our AWK Series AP/bridge/clients

 feature Turbo Roaming technology to achieve millisecond-level handoffs.

 Moreover, the unique MAC Clone function can be enabled on all the AWK

 Series to support PROFINET communication over wireless networks.

 Some AWK Series also support the unique AeroMag technology which

 automatically performs basic wireless setup when adding new Wi-Fi

 devices to the network, reducing the time spent configuring Wi-Fi settings

 and preventing errors caused through manual input.


Compact but Rugged

The AWK Series wireless clients are small yet strong and come with built-in

isolation for both power and antenna ports to protect against interference and

noise. All AWK Series devices undergo rigorous testing to ensure suitability for

environments with extreme vibration. Moreover, with a wide operating temperature

range of -40 to 75°C, the AWK Series wireless products are deployable in cold-storage warehouses. 



Reliable Wireless Solutions for Your AGV and AS/RS Systems

Find Reliable Network Management Software


      MXview Wireless

 

      Newly Launched MXview Add-on Module

      Specially Designed for Wireless Network

      Management

 

· View Wi-Fi connections and network status

 at a glance

· Play back the roaming history to identify the

 root cause of issues

· Minimize downtime through instant alerts

 


Find Reliable Industrial Wireless Devices



Moxa Solutions



AWK-4131A Series


AP/Client









AWK-3131A Series

AP/Client








AWK-1131A Series


AP/Client





 




Network Management



MXview

       

       

     

      

Mobile Operations



Roaming Ability

       

          

     

       

AeroMag

         

        

                   

     

Mac Clone

         

      

     

     

NAT

       

      

              

     

Compact but Rugged



Interface

Ethernet (PoE)
Ethernet (PoE)
Ethernet
Ethernet and Serial
Anti-vibration

        

      

 

   

NAT

      

         

 

     

Power & Antenna

Isolation

      

       


   

-40 to 75 Operating

Temperature Range

      

   


   

Ingress Protection

IP68     

   IP30    

  IP30  

  IP30