Space may be the final frontier, but it still has to be managed properly—at least if it's warehouse space. AGV Products has just installed an automated guided vehicle system for the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A key feature of the new system is its use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology for tracking vehicles.
At the space center, the AGVs are used to deliver pallets containing everything from office supplies to ultra-expensive flight gear into the automated warehouse's rack storage. But there's more to it than just shuttling goods around: Warehouse managers at the Kennedy Space Center need to know the exact location of AGVs at all times without exception. That's where the RFID system comes in. It's used to relay location updates on each vehicle to the main operating system. An RFID reader was installed on each AGV, and RFID tags were placed in the facility's floor. When the AGV enters an aisle to make a pallet delivery, it stops and verifies its position before depositing the load.