AGV Vendor Selection Must Be Right According to John Hayes

AGV Vendor Selection Must Be Right According to John Hayes


Monroe, NC -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/18/2014 -- The most common landmine for companies considering AGVs (automated guided vehicles) is understanding if automation is the right choice. When an automation vendor is called to look at a specific problem it becomes a nail, because the vendor has a hammer. Too often companies incorrectly invest time and money going down a rabbit hole only to discover they cannot afford an AGV solution. Sometimes the problem may be easily resolved as a simple operational issue. A great application to a vendor means a sale; it may or may not be a great application.

Without precise specifications about the automation required and the outcomes expected, automation vendors sell what they have and the results will be disappointing. Many people say that the devil is in the details; in this case there are major costs in the details. Ignorance costs money at the time of installation; it costs time and efficiency modifying processes to meet what has been provided. Worst of all DCs and manufacturers may not look far enough in long-range planning, only to discover a system is purchased that is not capable of handling the additional operations required in the near, mid, or long term.

Earlier in 2014, Supply & Demand Chain Executive John Hayes launched No Risk Automation, an unbiased, vendor agnostic firm to assist those making automation decisions.

Hayes suggested, “Until automation selection is based on knowledge and information, vendors will make suggestions about solutions that may or may not be in the warehouse, distribution, or manufacturers’ best interest. This newsletter is to keep an open conversation about trends, best-practices, and technology pros and cons for those that are in the active planning and automation purchasing stage. This publication will ensure that the appropriate questions are being asked and answered.”

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About John Hayes and NoRiskAutomation
John Hayes is a solutions-finder for the material handling industry. For more than twenty years he has been evaluating, designing, developing, and implementing innovative software and hardware solutions for businesses in high-volume retail, wholesale (B2B), and direct-to-consumer (B2C) distribution systems. Hayes is a 2014 Supply & Demand Chain “Pros to Know” recipient with vast and specific expertise in automated guided vehicles (AGVs). This reputation has resulted in hundreds of systems for highly productive and cost-effective fulfillment centers and manufacturing plant designs. Hayes uses a vendor agnostic approach at NoRiskAutomation ( eliminating bias while avoiding the land mines and understanding the challenges. NoRiskAutomation utilizes a unique 4-Step process which ensures that sound and smart technologies are utilized by clients worldwide. Having worked for some of the leading AGV manufacturers, Hayes brings a wisdom and insight to customers, who are often unaware of the pressured sales strategies and hidden costs used by AGV vendors. NoRiskAutomation is an organization founded by Hayes to inform and protect automation decision-makers with the motto: Get it right the first time.

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