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Material Handling with Automated Guided Vehicles Automation

Material Handling with Automated Guided Vehicles

What is an automated guided vehicle? Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are, put simply, driverless vehicles used to move material. They can look very much like traditional forklifts, though they may lack a cockpit. Depending on the application, they can also take less traditional shapes. Low-profile AGVs may look like industrial Roombas and move material by jacking up shelving from below.…
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Data Management in Distribution Operations Automation

Data Management in Distribution Operations

Data management systems enable all of the complex parts of a warehouse, distribution center, or manufacturer to work together. As important as they are, they are unseen, and perceived as mysterious forces. To understand them, consider an analogy to an ant colony. Ants all have different jobs – hunting, building, and defending the colony, to name a few. Ants perform…
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A Bridge to Perfect Order Practices Advanced Equipment

Voice Picking: A Bridge to Perfect Order Practices

55% of the operational costs of a typical distribution center (DC) are associated with order picking. So when an owner or manager of a DC asks us to help lower their costs, streamlining that process is one of the first places we know to look. Here are some ways you can lower associated expenses and improve your facility's profitability. Perfecting…
Choosing the Right Storage and Picking Automation Automation

Choosing the Right Storage and Picking Automation

What is storage and picking automation? Too often, order fulfillment facilities and systems aren’t upgraded because of the industry myth that the often publicized and expensive automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RSs) are the only way to automate picking processes in competitive markets. However, warehouse automation can be any upgrade to a paper-based order fulfillment system. Automated picking can mean…
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The Efficiencies of Barcoding Automation

The Efficiencies of Barcoding and Tagging

What are barcodes and scanners? Barcode labels and the automation that scans them are not a new invention. Since 1974, when they were first introduced to retail, their use in supermarkets and grocery stores has become universal. If you’ve ever paid attention to the cashier scanning your groceries – or used a self-checkout – then you are already familiar with…
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Understanding the Variety of Conveyors Available Advanced Equipment

Understanding the Variety of Conveyors Available for Your Operations

A typical warehouse spends 50% or more of its operational budget in the picking process. When a facility first looks to upgrade their systems, solving inefficiencies here usually offers its best return on investment. One good solution for transporting goods through a warehouse or manufacturing facility – or, in fact, over nearly any distance – is a conveyor system. They…
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Retrieval Systems vs. the Amazon Effect Automation

Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems vs. the Amazon Effect

Recent years have seen exponential increases in service levels and customer expectations. At the same time, particularly where Amazon has a physical presence, the labor force is shrinking. In a global economy, the Amazon Effect is a global issue and, in most industries, combating the competing needs of increased performance within a decreasing labor pool is paramount. Often, automation is…
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A Case for Critical Measurement Industry Outlook

Precision in Material Handling: A Case for Critical Measurement

Imagine you're a surgeon. You're in the middle of an operation and need an instrument, but when your nurse reaches for it on your prepackaged surgical tray, it isn't there. Worse yet, imagine being that surgeon's patient. In material handling, doing our jobs well – and with precision – is critical to our customers. We recently talked to Travis Motz,…
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Hytrol Conveyor Company Industry Outlook

Hytrol Conveyor Company: An Innovative and Lean Partner

Conveyors were perhaps made famous by Henry Ford, who used them even in his earliest assembly lines. However, they predate the Model T by perhaps as much as 200 years. While their earliest history is lost to time, conveyors have become a staple of material handling because of their efficiency, affordability, and versatility. Part of PeakLogix's mission is to provide…