No Risk Automation Magazine Discusses Timing of Replacing AGVs

No Risk Automation Magazine Discusses Timing of Replacing AGVs


Monroe, NC -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/01/2014 -- The October 13th issue of No Risk Automation, an e-news publication, will discuss the replacement of AGVs. Operation managers of manufacturing plant floors and distribution centers (DCs) ask the question at least once a quarter, "Is it time for the current AGV (automated guided vehicle) system to be replaced?" There are complex answers to this question, yet there are certain instigating factors that drive AGV replacement. When the current AGV system no longer meets production requirements and cannot be expanded without substantial cost and complexity, it may tip the scale towards replacement.

The current newsletter also explored the added maintenance costs are not always the fault of the manufacturer or the equipment. Many times it is a lack of sufficient preventive maintenance. No matter what the cause, these unforeseen and unbudgeted costs always show up as the equipment ages and peaks in about three to five years when the batteries need replacement.

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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 Executive “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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