Pittsburgh, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/17/2014 -- In the white paper "Forklift-Free: Driving Safety and Profitability” automation solutions coupled with lean manufacturing is carefully examined as a step in the right direction for a more efficient operation. However, really boosting lean and efficient operations is a forklift-free environment and properly designed systems. Fundamentally, this model eliminates waste and non-efficient processes, having quality products on time, and removing non-value-added activities, safely and accurately, which in turn delivers greater efficiency.
Forklift operations do not always provide greater efficiency; forklifts typically deliver large loads of palletized goods, taking up valuable aisle space and keeping excess inventory on the floor. Experts cited in the whitepaper note, “The primary function of a forklift is to take advantage of vertical stacking and to transition product from alternate heights. Yet the vast majority of forklift activity and utilization is driving horizontally, not lifting vertically.”
The whitepaper includes an intensive thought-provoking analysis and objective data about employee injuries and deaths, cost burdens associated with forklift accidents and citations. There is also information about high labor wages, expensive training programs, and scarce labor availability and manufacturers' unsaleable rates. The information included examines lean alternative for manned forklift transport as part of continuous process improvement strategies.
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Seegrid Corporation (http://www.seegrid.com) is the global leader of robotic vision-guided automated guided vehicles (AGVs). Seegrid AGVs are revolutionizing the movement of materials handling in manufacturing and distribution environments with simplicity, flexibility, and affordability. Robotic pallet trucks, tow tractors, and walkie stackers optimize workflow processes by increasing productivity and reducing labor and operating costs, creating economic and operational advantages. Seegrid AGVs improve workplace safety, reduce equipment and product damage, and deliver a rapid return on investment. The company’s state-of-the-art navigation technology requires no infrastructure for navigation—no wires, lasers, tapes, or magnets. Guided by Seegrid partnerships with leading global industrial truck manufacturers provide businesses with a choice when selecting a brand of robotic vision-guided AGVs. Seegrid and Guided by Seegrid products are available throughout Europe. In addition to the 2014 Edison Award, Seegrid was named Manufacturer of the Year and the Food Logistics Top 100 software and technology providers. Follow on Twitter @Seegrid.