According to John Hayes, Pros to Know thought-leader and Vice President for Vecna Logistics, companies are investing in automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to improve plant-floor efficiency and reduce operating cost. Hayes insists that small and mid-sized manufacturers are just as active in their lean manufacturing journey and have been overlooked and ignored by most of the AGV companies.
Due to the high cost of entry, AGVs were only found in warehouses, automotive assembly plants, and other operations with large amounts of floor space. With the help of Vecna Logistics (www.logistics.vecna.com) recent advancements have made the machines more appealing to small- and mid-sized manufacturers in a wide variety of industries.
As the flexible technology is now more affordable and easier to use on assembly lines, many smaller manufacturers and single location distribution centers are deploying driverless carts, robotic parts bins, and autonomous tuggers. Manufacturing engineers have best-practice lean manufacturing solutions which are driving prices down making these solutions available to everyone.
According to MHI, an AGV is a driverless vehicle which consists of one or more computer-controlled, wheel-based load carrier which comes in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles.
Engineers can choose between tuggers that pull a string of carts or trailers in a train; unit load carriers that move subassemblies and work-in-process from one assembly station to another; forked pallet trucks that interface with pickup and drop off points on the plant floor; and automated guided carts (AGCs) that are smaller, cheaper, and easier to install than traditional AGVs. AGCs are popular for applications where lighter loads and flexibility are required.
Today’s AGVs are more advanced than what was available a decade ago. The machines are now faster, safer, easier to program, more precise and less expensive. According to Hayes, “Vecna Logistics is leading AGV development focusing on software and safety systems. Better throughput, productivity, and cost-effective technology are now available to even the smallest manufacturer or distributor who have been ignored for far too long.”
With e-commerce exploding and customer expectations on the rise, distribution and fulfillment centers as well as third party logistics (3PLs) providers need an innovative way to reduce costs and increase throughput. Vecna Logistics provides the complete range of low-infrastructure solutions to automate material handling needs. Case picking, each picking, goods-to-person, person-to-goods, robot-conveyor hybrid systems, Vecna Logistics has cost-effective solutions. All systems are safety certified to operate along-side people and can accommodate the operational model that achieves the best efficiency today with unmatched flexibility for tomorrow. Vecna Logistics provides scalable hybrid order-fulfillment solutions with a rapid ROI. Follow on Twitter @VecnaLogistics.
Company Name: Vecna
Contact Person: John Hayes
Phone: 617- 864-0636
Address:CAMBRIDGE CAMPUS 36 Cambridge Park Drive
Country: United States