Automate material transport throughout the hospital

Redeploy staff to patient-centered activities to improve overall quality of care

Achieve a lean work environment

Achieve a lean work environment

Automate high-volume, high-capacity delivery to and from departments, patient floors, dock and central distribution


Ensure materials arrive when and where they’re needed

Dispatch AGVs by touchscreen, sensor or RFID tag, then automatically lift, transport, and drop off carts

TransCar® Automated Guided Vehicle

TransCar Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) help hospitals take control of their on-demand and routine material transport activities. By using self-guided vehicles, staff can remain focused on patient-care activities instead of delivering materials, thereby improving quality of care and reducing operational costs.

Leveraging its expertise in material handling solutions for hospitals, Swisslog developed this AGV system to efficiently and reliably transport supplies, medication, linens, meals, and waste streams throughout the hospital. The TransCar Manager Software optimizes vehicle usage and ensures consistent delivery performance through defined driving paths with defined speeds. As a result, hospitals can achieve leaner workflows, while reducing injury to personnel and damage to facilities.

Swisslog provides a preliminary needs analysis to help hospitals define what, where, when, and how materials can be transported with the AGV system, as well as an estimated return on investment. Once implemented, TransCar can be easily adapted or scaled to meet changing needs or future expansion

Watch how the TransCar automates routine material transport throughout the hospital.

AGV Bulk Material Carts

To meet facility-wide transport needs, a wide range of specialized cart types is available for TransCar AGV systems. Each cart is fitted with an ID tag for tracking locations and reporting. By using TransCar across multiple departments, hospitals can increase their ROI and improve overall workflow 24x7.

“A life cycle cost analysis of the automated guided vehicle system estimated the automated robots will save the Medical Center approximately $1 million per year for 25 years following the installation, as compared to the costs of building and maintaining a manual system.once considered as an alternative. According to the analysis, the automated system completes almost 2,400 daily deliveries over some 9,600 minutes, the equivalent of an estimated 82 full-time employees.”

Source: Ohio State University Medical Center Press Release

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  • CHU de Dijon (French) 1725904
  • St Olavs Hospital 4368874

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