110,000 lbs. AGV System for Agricultural Equipment Assembly

110,000 lbs GT Tugger

An agricultural company, renowned for its innovative approaches to farming machinery, identified a need for an efficient method to move their newest tractor through various assembly stages. Recognizing the complexity and the high-capacity requirements of the task, they sought an automated solution to streamline the assembly process.​

Key Points

AGV Moves 110,000 LBS​
Designed and built to the client's specifications, the battery-powered Tugger was constructed to handle 110,000 lbs. and efficiently moves the chassis throughout the plant.
Savings with Automation
The automation partner of the heavy industry is here; our Tugger is fitted with hardware to safely and automatically drive along the assembly process.
28ft Chassis Handling
The 28ft chassis is supported in two positions, utilizing battery-powered Tuggers and a low-cost bogie unit. This saves on material costs and maintains flexibility.
“By using this AGV system, it works the first time, every time, and it's a reliable path that the AGV follows. This essentially removes a lot of the unknowns and manual operation of it, saving a bunch of time.”
-Brendan Espy, Machine Design Engineer
The Problem
The Problem

The primary challenge was designing an AGV system capable of handling a large tractor, with a capacity requirement of 110,000 pounds, through all assembly stages. The process involved pulling the tractor into each station, performing assembly work, and then moving it to the next station in an assembly line style.

The Solution
The Solution

The solution was a wheeled transporter with Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) capability. This system facilitated easy movement of the tractor throughout the plant. The design included:
Column Lifts and End of Line Lift: Used for efficiently handling the tractor at the beginning and end of the assembly process.
Dual Component AGV Transporter: Features an AGV tugger and a bogey unit, optimizing maneuverability and cost while accommodating the tractor’s length.
Full Automation with Safety Features: Incorporates safety scanners to detect obstructions, ensuring a smooth and safe operation.

Implementation and Results
Implementation and Results

The AGV system has been in testing at the agricultural company’s site since early last year, with full production mode anticipated to commence shortly. Although it’s a new line and direct time savings comparisons are challenging, the automated process is expected to offer significant efficiencies over manual alternatives. The AGV system always follows a reliable path, so it’s less likely to make mistakes or be inefficient like manual tractors.


The objective was to enhance efficiency in the assembly of heavy machinery using automation. The project’s success highlights the power of automation, client collaboration, and innovative engineering solutions to tackle logistical challenges in industrial settings.

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