Logistics & Transport

Automated guided vehicles

Perfect drive concept for automated guided vehicles (AGVs)

Nabtesco offers an extensive portfolio of cycloidal gears as well as drive concepts for a wide range of applications. For your applications we can also develop customised gears that are adapted to your exact requirements. An example is a drive concept for an automated guided vehicle. Learn more here!

We develop ultramodern gear concepts with or without a hollow shaft that feature robustness, durability, speed, high radial loads and exceptional precision. Since our gear systems are designed with quality and reliability in mind to ensure a long life, more than nine million precision gears from Nabtesco are used in such diverse fields as robotics, machine tool manufacturing, handling applications and medical engineering. A market share of 60% in the robotic sector make Nabtesco the world market leader!

High radial loads

The special design of our eccentric gears enables them to withstand very high radial loads.

Reliable and solid

Cycloidal gears require no internal gear teeth and are not subjected to shear forces. This virtually eliminates sudden failures. The gears are practically maintenance-free.


In many cases installation space is limited. That is why we design our gear systems to be as compact as possible.

Drive system with mecanum wheel

For automated guided vehicles, we developed a customised drive unit with mecanum wheel. These special wheels allow a transport system to move freely in any direction. This is a big advantage for automated guided vehicles for example in intralogistics, conveyor system or mobile robots as they can move and turn in all directions without turning circle and even in confined spaces.

For the AGV-drive we modified our existing gears: the gear backlash was increased to ensure higher rotational speed and the bearing was optimised to cope with higher radial loads.

This fully integrated and decentralised drive concept, in which all components are contained in the wheel unit, offers the user maximum design freedom in the construction of automated guided vehicles! The compact and extremely solid drive concept is completely maintenance-free.

The drive concept is an interesting economic alternative: no central control or master PC is required.

Drive concept for AGV

Model RVW-10PG RVW-15PG RVW-20PG
Motor capacity (W) 400 2.000 3.000
Wheel diameter (mm) 254 381 508
Maximum speed (m/min) 60 60 60
Load capacity (kgf)* 2.000 6.000 10.000

* load for AGV using 4 drive units

Model RVW-10PG RVW-15PG RVW-20PG
a (mm) 254 381 508
b (mm) 134 200 278
c (mm)* 166 234 308

* Subject to change depending on motor

The perfect drive solution for your project

We have always developed custom gears for the individual requirements of our customers, as in this example. When it comes to customising today, we go even a few steps further! With a staff of experienced development engineers and our service team in Düsseldorf we can implement your requirements quickly and professionally.

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Our engineers look forward to working together with you to develop a customised drive solution for your application!

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