No Risk Automation Magazine Talks Transitioning to Automated Guided Vehicles
Monroe, NC -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/04/2014 -- In the recent issue of No Risk Automation, a monthly e-news publication, discussed how manufacturing companies and distribution centers (DCs) wrestle with the pros and cons of changing from a forklift modality to AGVs every day. The first step generally comes from senior management and is initiated from a high level strategy. Many times it is a safety initiative or a focus on efficiency gains, but the majority of the time it is driven by simple cost savings. Increased labors costs often trigger the exercise of cost analysis. The hardest part is understanding where AGVs can be used effectively within an existing operation while still getting a reasonable return on investment (ROI).
The monthly newsletter also addressed the key factors in choosing AGV automation, including if the new automated system will operate safely in the DC or plant floor. This top priority is integral in the AGV purchasing decision because the answer is almost always yes when AGVs are purchased from reputable vendors who follow ANSI B56.5. ANSI B56.5 defines safety requirements for powered, unmanned automatic guided industrial vehicles. The standard requires that the users are responsible for all factors affecting the operation and maintenance.
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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 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 (http://www.NoRiskAutomation.com) 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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