Smart AGV solutions for more than 35 years
Rocla has developed and manufactured AGV (automated guided vehicle) solutions since 1983. First AGV, innovated by young engineers at Rocla, was designed and manufactured for Kone Corporation in Finland. Rocla Oy, who has been a fore-runner in the automation industry for 35 years, was the first to introduce serially manufactured, modular automated guided vehicle (AGV) platform, still offering a tailored process solution fully fit for customer’s needs. Now Rocla is developing its global automation business even further with the creation of continental hubs and local service through partner model and digital solution platform.
With AGV solutions IoT and digitalization are offering even better tools for improving customer processes. Rocla is developing a whole new AGV digitalized solution environment, which is purposefully called “Easy AGV”. This will enable the company to provide completely scalable automation solutions for all partners and customers globally.
The project is well underway, as Rocla launched couple of years ago a revolutionary dynamic AGV software Rocla Route Optimizer with excellent results. The solution optimizes the routes AGVs use in customer sites so that traffic flow is always smooth without interruptions. Since Rocla route optimizer dynamically finds the fastest routes for each AGV, there is no need for manual traffic rules anymore. As a result, you need fewer AGVs for a given task and achieve savings in both loaded and empty driving.
Automation solutions evolve throughout the years
After the first successful AGV project Rocla’s new vehicles helped to build also Talbot cars manufactured in auto factory in Finland. In the 1980s many vehicles were also delivered to Sweden, and by 1990s export of Rocla’s automated solutions had expanded to other European countries.
First AGVs used wire navigation, whereas in the 1990s laser guided vehicles started to appear. Laser navigation is easier to install and update with no need to cut the floor. Nowadays laser navigation is the most common navigation method used in AGVs.
In the beginning of the new century a major contract with Tetra Pak packaging company was made. More than 80 automated vehicles were delivered to eight factories in Europe and Japan. These vehicles are still in use as a retrofit project was made to them some years ago to update the technology side of the automation system. Updating the current system is a cost-efficient way to ensure the automation system will also run for the years to come.
New way of thinking
In 2007 Rocla launched the world’s first serially manufactured, fully modular automated guided vehicle, AWT. These vehicles use standard tractor units with modular load handling, mast, and support structure options tailored to various customer needs. In 2010 this family grew with ATX, automated truck for pallet handling and order picking. At LogiMAT 2019 new ART will be launched.
Rocla celebrates its 35 years of automation solutions stronger than ever. Rocla’s global presence and strong emphasis on R&D and customer experience boost also the competitive edge of Rocla’s automated solutions.