Seegrid, the pioneer and leader in three-dimensional vision navigation, engaged an independent third party market research firm to conduct a comprehensive survey of the challenges facing senior executives from large manufacturing and distribution corporations. The findings indicate that the top challenges include labor costs, materials management, downtime, safety, and productivity. Today, fifty percent of manufacturing expenses are tied up in materials, reinforcing the critical nature of efficient materials movement and management. This sentiment was further emphasized by Jeff Christensen, VP of Products and Services with Seegrid who stated, "$22,000 is the total cost of one minute of production downtime in the automotive industry, a frequent adopter of materials handling lean methodologies. At that rate, cost-savings are not optional, they are required."