Automated Material Handling Products for the Automotive & Non-Automotive Industries

We are proud to announce that we have added (4) automated material handling platforms to help facilitate material flow through today’s manufacturing facilities.

These developments include Automated Tuggers, Powered Drive Wheel Systems, High Capacity AGVs and Synchronization of automated vehicles for the transport of large tooling.

The systems are designed to increase safety, throughput and accuracy and are supplied to replace traditional material handling methods such as fork lifts, manned Tuggers and overhead cranes. The systems are fully configurable to vary the level of automation depending on the requirements of the end user. The AGV control can be as simple as utilizing a control pendant to manually move the vehicle, all the way up to the highest level of automation which includes a Fori Vehicle Management System (VMS) or Traffic Control. A VMS allows the system to be fully autonomous, only requiring input for scheduling of moves, the VMS takes care of the rest.

Fori’s software is based on a Siemens Safety PLC for the vehicle control, providing an open architecture for the end user. Utilization of the Safety PLC based system eliminates the “black box” supplied by many of the AGV companies in the industry. All Fori AGVs are outfitted with the latest safety components available on the market. At a minimum the vehicles are supplied with perimeter Safety Scanners, Indicator Lights, Alarms and E-stops. The Safety Scanners provide collision avoidance for the end user to ensure safety for the operator and that no damage occurs to the product. Additionally, each vehicle is designed to be user friendly and virtually maintenance free for the end user.

Automated Tuggers: Tuggers are a direct replacement for Fork Lifts. The vehicles are utilized for transporting carts, kits and various product throughout the manufacturing process.


Powered Drive Wheels: Powered Drive Wheels are modular drive wheel sets that are mounted to mobile tooling or operator platforms for automated mobilization. The systems utilize a standard control architecture that is expandable to support added powered drive wheels in order to increase capacities.

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Fori offers a variety of Powered Drive Wheels with a wide range of capacities that can be mounted to tooling or operator platforms for automated guidance.


High Capacity AGV: AGVs are used for a variety of applications that are traditionally completed with an overhead crane. Fori AGV capacities are upwards of 250,000 lbs.


Synchronized AGVs: When required multiple vehicles can be synchronized to move large tooling, this methodology allows a single, modular vehicle design to be provided to the end user, but multiples of two or three vehicles can be used for lift and carry of various tools.


Fori Automation, Inc. privately held and U.S. owned and operated since 1984, specializes in the custom design, build and integration of automated material handling, assembly, testing and welding systems for the automotive and non-automotive industries. With over 30 years of experience and seven locations across four continents, we are positioned to support our customers around the globe.

For more information of Fori Automation’s products and capabilities, please visit our website.


Fori Germany Open House Exhibition

Fori Automation’s German Headquarters recently hosted an in-house exhibition to feature some of their latest and greatest products.

Products and projects presented included Automated Guided Carts (AGCs) for Automotive applications such as body shops and front end pre-assembly, as well as rear axle adjustment stations for axle alignment.

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Fori AGCs for Automotive Module Assembly Systems

Pictured above is an example of an AGC utilized for module assembly within the automotive industry. The vehicle will transport the work piece carriers in the front end pre-assembly line. The assembly system was comprised of over (30) vehicles.

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Low Profile AGC for Automotive Body Shop Applications

Fori Germany also developed a low profile AGC that is capable of lifting over 500 kg. and providing a total lift stroke of 350 mm for transport of car frames through a body shop. The system utilized the latest lithium ion battery technology and an optical guidance system which increased flexibility for the end user.

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Fori Germany Headquarters in Merzig, Germany

The open house exhibition was a great success for Fori Germany. Over the last year Fori Germany has supplied a number of innovative products. For more information on Fori Automation’s global locations and our products, please visit our website.

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Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for Automotive Chassis Marriage

Fori recently supplied a custom designed Chassis Marriage Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) for an electric vehicle manufacturer.

Over the past twenty years, Fori automation has been a leader in Automotive Chassis Marriage. Chassis Marriage, the process of bringing the car body and chassis together, has been primarily completed with the use of Rail Guided Vehicles (RGVs).

The Chassis Marriage process is completed utilizing integrated lifts and custom tooling pallets to support various chassis depending on the model of vehicle being manufactured. The Chassis Marriage process is completed once the operator does a final torque of fasteners, bringing the car body and chassis together.

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Fori Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) provide increased flexibility and reduced infrastructure versus traditional Chassis Marriage methods.

The utilization of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for Chassis Marriage has increased flexibility for the end user by removing the monuments that are required on RGV based Chassis Marriage systems. The Chassis Marriage AGVs utilize a number of different power sources and guidance methods. Power sources include both lead acid and lithium ion batteries, induction and some cases a combination of both battery and induction power. Guidance can be completed in a number of ways, the guidance systems utilized most frequently are magnetic guidance, induction or optical.

Each Chassis Marriage AGV includes (2) integrated Fori electric lifts that are used for raising the drive train of the vehicle to the body. Each lift is capable of lifting up 2,500 kg. and upon request can reach lift strokes of up to 52″ depending on the project requirements.

Utilization of AGVs within Chassis Marriage has resulted in increased system flexibility, decreased plant infrastructure for the end user and has provided a scalable solution allowing for addition of vehicles based on expected production rates.

For more information on Fori Chassis Marriage AGVs, please visit our website.

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Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) for Aerospace Component Assembly

Fori recently provided two custom designed, high capacity Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for a large Aerospace OEM. The AGVs were utilized for component material handling and assembly.

Over the past decade, there has been a strong push in the Aerospace industry to increase Automation. Main drivers for this initiative include decreased crane utilization, process control, improved safety and reduction in product damage and waste.

The AGVs supplied required a customized frame design in order to mimic the footprint of the transported tooling. The project team had specific requirements on the length, width and height of the vehicle, as well as deflection requirements for the AGV frame while transporting the part and tooling. These requirements required a substantial engineering effort through the utilization of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to ensure the final design would meet all the design requirements.

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Fori Aerospace Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) for Aircraft Component Assembly

Fori AGVs are Siemens safety PLC based, providing an open controls architecture, eliminating the “black box” provided by many material handling suppliers. The AGV system is outfitted with the latest and greatest safety devices available. The AGVs provided include perimeter safety bumpers and 360º SICK safety scanner coverage to ensure collision avoidance.

Responsibilities of the AGVs include:

  • Lift & Transport up to 90,000 lbs.
  • Minimize tooling & part deflection
  • Accurate and repeatable tool placement
  • Fully automated order scheduling & completion

Utilization of AGVs has resulted in decreased reliance on overhead cranes, providing a reduction in product damage and an increase in system efficiency and most importantly safety.

For more information on Fori AGVs, please visit our website.


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Aerospace Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) for Automated Drill & Fill

Manual drill & fill has been a topic of conversation within the Aerospace industry due to the health and safety concerns. Utilization of automated drill & fill systems with a mobile platform has helped alleviate these concerns.

Fori recently supplied a custom Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) for automated drill & fill. The automated drill & fill system is used for the side panel of a large commercial aircraft.

The AGV is required to auto-lift and level the platform upon arrival in each production station. The AGV must be positioned within +/- .005″ and level within +/- .16 degrees. This is accomplished through the utilization of inclinometer feedback and precision servo motion control.

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Fori Aerospace Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) for Automated Drill & Fill Tooling Transport

Strict requirements were placed on the actual AGV frame design and the allowable deflection while traveling. The frame was designed to deflect less than .03″ during transport of the drill & fill system from station to station.

AGVs within the Aerospace industry will enable the automated tooling to move to the part versus traditional systems where the part has always moved to the tool or machine station. The results will include minimized part handling and a substantial reduction in crane utilization.

Long term, the automated drill & fill system will minimize safety and health concerns, while increasing throughput.

For more information on Fori Aerospace AGVs, please visit our website or contact us at

Fori Automation & Siemens Partner for the SME AeroDef Exhibition

Siemens Aerospace and Fori Automation have partnered for the SME AeroDef, the leading exposition and technical conference for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry.


The central pillar of the partnership is the continued integration of Siemens Factory Automation hardware and software within Fori’s Material Handling and Automation Equipment. Fori Automation will have one of their Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for automated material handling on display.

Fori Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) with Siemens Controls for Flexible, Safe and Reliable Assembly and Material Handling Automation

Fori Material Handling equipment is utilized within the Aerospace, Automotive and Defense industries. Fori equipment has capacities as low as 500 lbs. to over 250,000 lbs.

The AeroDef takes place on March 7th and 8th at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Please visit us at booth #526 or contact us at for more information!

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Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for Nuclear Power Plant Refurbishment

Fori recently supplied two high capacity, halogen free Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for a nuclear power plant refurbishment project. The AGVs will result in decreased total infrastructure and long term flexibility for the project team.

Two different high capacity Fori AGVs were designed and built to meet a number of different design requirements. The requirements included specific accuracy, repeatability, dimensions and total load capacities.

The AGV system was designed to support a refurbishment project that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Each of the vehicles had unique requirements, supporting different dimensional and capacity requirements for safe and reliable operation within the work area.

  • The first vehicle included strict height, width and length requirements, while still providing the capability of transporting up to 18,000 lbs.
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Fori Automated Guided Vehicle for Nuclear Power Plant Refurbishment – 18,000 lbs. Capacity
  • A larger vehicle was also required for the project that was rated to carry up to 70,000 lbs.
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Fori Automated Guided Vehicle for Nuclear Power Plant Refurbishment – 70,000 lbs. Capacity

The Fori AGVs were required to locate within +/- 5mm and allow for finite manual adjustment while handling equipment for the project. A Siemens MP277 Wireless Mobile Panel was provided to the operators for manual adjustment and control.

Due to the 24/7/365 project requirement a lithium ion battery system was utilized, the lithium ion system provided a more reliable power source, that will result in an increased total life of the battery pack and less overall charge time. The system is designed to facilitate charging during load and unload of equipment, minimizing production downtime.

The vehicles have reduced total plant infrastructure for the project, improved safety and increased long term flexibility.

Fori has supplied over 1,000 automated vehicles over the last twenty years, for more information please visit our website.

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Dock N’ Lock Automated Guided Vehicles for Flexible, Reliable and Safe Material Handling

Cost effective, flexible Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) solutions have allowed automotive companies to implement a flexible, safe, reliable and repeatable material handling solution within their assembly processes.

The Fori Dock’ N Lock AGVs were built to fit within existing plants and each plants respective material handling strategy. The AGVs were commissioned to replace non-value added material handling tasks. Specifically as a direct replacement for majority of fork lift traffic, creating a “fork free” environment.

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Fori Automation – Dock N’ Lock AGV for Automated Material Handling

The Dock N’ Lock AGVs are responsible for auto-docking to the companion carts pictured above. The previous methodology utilizing fork lifts and pallets resulted in injury and product damage concerns. Utilization of the repeatable and accurate guidance, along with integrated safety has solved this problem.

The automated locking feature and cart interface design is what differentiates the Dock N’ Lock AGV from standard Tuggers. The ability to automatically connect to the carts removes the need for operator interface and cart staging. The cart and Dock N’ Lock design also allows the AGVs to be bi-directional, which results in greater long term layout flexibility. An overview video of the Fori Dock N’ Lock and Tugger AGV can be found here.

A fully integrated Fori Vehicle Management System (VMS) is also provided with the system. The Fori VMS acts a traffic cop for the AGVs and manages the routing of 20+ AGVs in some cases. The VMS has the ability to track and store faults, monitor battery status and communication with automated work cells.

Fori more information on Fori’s Automated Material Handling equipment please visit our website.

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Automated Guided Vehicles for Aerospace Assembly System

Fori Automation, Inc. designs, builds and integrates custom assembly and material handling systems for the Aerospace industry. Fori recently provided a turnkey Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) system for a large Aerospace OEM. The assembly system utilized a moving line methodology.

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Fori Automation Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) for Aircraft Assembly and Material Handling

There were a number of design considerations for the AGVs provided. The AGVs were built with an emphasis on operator access and ease of use. The AGVs included integrated scissor lifts for cockpit assembly, as well as other operator platforms that aided in the assembly of the aircraft. The vehicles were required to move at very slow speeds, sometimes as slow as 20″ per hour. The system utilized a high voltage servo based controls architecture in order to meet the accuracy and speed requirements for the project.

A total of (18) Fori Aerospace AGVs were supplied for the system. A video outlining the manufacturing and assembly methods used for the aircraft assembly can be viewed here.

For more information please visit Fori Automation’s website.