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Where to Start Automation - In the Distribution Center or Warehouse

Given that manufacturers, distributors, and warehouses, cannot not be instantly automated, the question of where to start and how to properly orchestrate efforts over time becomes a challenge reports John Hayes, founder of No Risk Automation.

Common Anti-Patterns for Starting Automation Selection

Anti-patterns have been applied to software design, coding, configuration management, and just about any activity within materials handling projects. Exposing automation decision-makers what not to do is useful in setting the stage for some of the recommendations reported John Hayes, founder of NoRiskAutomation.

Weighing the Benefits of Automation Versus the Land Mines

Automation can provide a tremendous boost to eliminating technical challenges yet too often the time constraints of automation selection create poor decision-making processes, according to NoRiskAutomation founder John Hayes.

Automation Project Managers Regret Relying on Vendor Bias Information

Project managers tasked with automation usually start with research and make the business case to upper management regarding automation. Sadly that research is stacked in favor of the vendor who initiated an aggressive PR campaign, not on the actual needs of the company, whether a warehouse, distribution center, or manufacturing operation.

Automation Selection Costly if Wrong Technology Selected Reports John Hayes

Earlier in 2014, Supply & Demand Chain Executive reported that John Hayes launched No Risk Automation, an unbiased, vendor agnostic firm to assist those making automation decisions. Having worked for some of the leading AGV manufacturers, John 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 (www.NoRiskAutomation.com) is an organization founded by Hayes to inform and protect automation decision-makers with the motto: Get it right the first time.

Avoiding AGV Vendor Traps Drives Materials Handling Pro to Start New Publication

Avoiding AGV Vendor Traps Drives Materials Handling Pro to Start New Publication Having worked for some of the leading AGV manufacturers, John 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 (http://www.NoRiskAutomation.com) is an organization founded by Hayes to inform and protect automation decision-makers with the motto: Get it right the first time.

August 4th First Issue of No Risk Automation News Magazine Distributed

Making purchasing decisions about automation is fraught with vendor propaganda. John Hayes, founder of No Risk Automation, started his consulting firm to provide decision makers in material handling automation some of the ways to avoid land mines and bias. Starting August 4th 2014 an unbiased, vendor agnostic publication will be launched to assist those making automation decisions.

Pros to Know Supply and Demand Chain Executive Launches Weekly Automation Publication

John Hayes, founder of No Risk Automation announced that starting next month, an unbiased, vendor agnostic publication will be launched to assist those making automation decisions.

Innovative Warehouse Automation Profiled in New Weekly Magazine

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 made, 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.

Suncome Launch SteriWasher - The Robust, Heavy Duty, Validateable Parts Washer

Suncombe - the premier washing, cleaning and critical process engineers have launched their SteriWasher™ this week (July 7), an innovative new robust, heavy duty validateable parts washer.

Direct Selling B2C Distribution Centers at the Heart of $32 Billion Retail Sales

The DSA (Direct Selling Association) reports nearly $32 billion dollars in retail sales annually among the 200+ member companies. There are hundreds of new DSA distribution centers planned over the next three years and there are certain basic processes that can be evaluated now to avoid the risks of poor automation planning. Too often distribution center planners are fooled by vendor promises. Vendors promise a broad portfolio of automation equipment, software, and service through a network of national, regional and local service centers. These vendors are in the thousands and suggest their automation solution delivers distribution and fulfillment success.

Charlotte NC Ideal for Distribution Centers and Requires Automation Guidance

Fifty-eight percent of the U.S. population is east of the Mississippi River, putting Charlotte within one to two days shipping time to 29 of the 51 metropolitan markets in the U.S. with more than 1 million in population. Factor in the continuing trend of population migration to the Sunbelt states, Charlotte’s position as a distribution center location will only grow stronger in the years to come.

North Carolina Place for Most New Distribution Centers by 2017

North Carolina has a growing number of shovel-ready sites within 20 miles of the Port of Wilmington. Ideal for international distribution centers, manufacturing facilities or retail distribution centers; the strategic locations available at the North Carolina Ports are perfect for reaching the entire Eastern seaboard and offer improved access to major mid-Atlantic highways and railroads. At-port site selection in North Carolina allows corporations abundant state/regional/local/ports tax incentives and provides access to a skilled and plentiful labor market.

Vendor Automation Promises Fool Distribution Center Planners Too Often

”Too often planners of new distribution centers consider automation too late in the planning process,” according to John Hayes, founder and thought leader of No Risk Automation (http://www.NoRiskAutomation.com). There are certain basic processes that can be evaluated now to avoid the risks of poor automation planning. Too often distribution center planners are fooled by vendor promises. Vendors promise a broad portfolio of automation equipment, software, and service through a network of national, regional and local service centers. These vendors are in the thousands and suggest their automation solution delivers distribution and fulfillment success.

2015 Distribution Centers Must Avoid Automation Mistakes by Planning in Q3 2014

There are more than five hundred distribution centers scheduled to open across North America in 2015. There are certain basic processes that can be evaluated now to avoid the risks of poor automation planning. ”Too often planners of new distribution centers consider automation too late in the planning process,” according to John Hayes, founder and thought leader of No Risk Automation (http://www.NoRiskAutomation.com). Hayes started the firm to inform and protect automation decision-makers. Hayes noted, “The company also targets large multi-site manufacturing and distribution customers that want to explore automation but does not wish to assign the resources nor has the appropriate resources readily available. The CEO and senior management often provide the leadership in forming an effective relationship with No Risk Automation.”

Datafield Mobile Form Builder Is Joining the IFMA and Strengthen Its Partnership with Facility Managers Worldwide

LogoDatafield, editor of the mobile form application for iPhone, iPad and Android has joined the International Facility Management Association in order to keep strengthening its partnership with facility managers worldwide.

No Risk Automation Assists Direct Selling Distribution Centers

“Direct selling companies know that behind every successful consultant stands an army of people who are working hard to ensure the total customer experience is a highly successful and positive one. No matter how wonderful a product is or how fun an event has been, once the order is placed the customer experience is taken out of the hands of the consultant and turned over to those behind the scenes—the customer service rep, the warehouse manager, the picker/packer and the IT team member—who ultimately determine the overall satisfaction level of the customer,” reported Direct Selling News.

No Risk Automation Advances Charlotte Distribution Centers

Charlotte is a major trucking center as well. More than 320 trucking firms have operations in the Charlotte area and employ 28,000 workers. Approximately half of the nation’s top 100 trucking firms are in Charlotte, including nine of the top 10 firms. These companies provide a complete range of services including freight, liquid or dry bulk; and heavy hauling.

500 New North American Distribution Centers Planned for 2015 Must Avoid Automation Mistakes

Too often planners of new distribution centers consider automation too late in the planning process according to John Hayes, founder and thought leader of No Risk Automation (www.NoRiskAutomation.com).

No Risk Automation a Hub for North Carolina Distribution Center Growth

”North Carolina, and the entire Southeastern United States is quickly becoming the hub of new distribution centers. Many are currently considering automation currently as part of the planning process,” according to John Hayes, founder and thought leader of No Risk Automation (www.NoRiskAutomation.com). Recently Area Development magazine announced that Canada-based Richelieu Legwear International Inc. is expanding its presence in Hildebran, North Carolina, through an investment of $16 million in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. This investment will bring Richelieu’s total investment in the U.S. to $24 million. The project is expected to result in the creation of 205 jobs in Burke County by the end of 2018. Employees at the new facility will manufacture socks and will be supported by a long-term commitment from the company’s leading customer, Walmart. This partnership will assure that significant financial investments are supported by program placement from Walmart for years to come, the North Carolina Department of Commerce said. There are certain basic processes that can be evaluated now to avoid the risks of poor automation planning. Too often distribution center planners are fooled by vendor promises. Vendors promise a broad portfolio of automation equipment, software, and service through a network of national, regional and local service centers. These vendors are in the thousands and suggest their automation solution delivers distribution and fulfillment success. Hayes started the firm to inform and protect automation decision-makers. Hayes noted, “The company also targets large multi-site manufacturing and distribution customers that want to explore automation but does not wish to assign the resources nor has the appropriate resources readily available. The CEO and senior management often provide the leadership in forming an effective relationship with No Risk Automation.” Hayes also suggested that many of these new distribution centers may also include traditional users including manufacturing, automotive, food & beverage, consumer packaged goods, pulp & paper, textile, and distribution. Manufacturing companies tied to distribution in the same building can realize optimal benefits as well. 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, 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. Follow Hayes on Twitter @NoRiskAutomate.

Distribution Center Planners Often Fooled by Vendor Automation Promises

There are certain basic processes that can be evaluated now to avoid the risks of poor automation planning. Too often distribution center planners are fooled by vendor promises. Vendors promise a broad portfolio of automation equipment, software, and service through a network of national, regional and local service centers.

Southeast US 2015 Distribution Centers Represent 40% of Growth in 2015

There are more than five hundred distribution centers scheduled to open across North America in 2015, nearly 40 percent in the Southeastern United States. There are certain basic processes that can be evaluated now to avoid the risks of poor automation planning. ”Too often planners of new distribution centers consider automation too late in the planning process,” according to John Hayes, founder and thought leader of No Risk Automation (www.NoRiskAutomation.com). Hayes started the firm to inform and protect automation decision-makers. Hayes noted, “The company also targets large multi-site manufacturing and distribution customers that want to explore automation but does not wish to assign the resources nor has the appropriate resources readily available. The CEO and senior management often provide the leadership in forming an effective relationship with No Risk Automation.” Hayes also suggested that many of these new distribution centers may also include traditional users including manufacturing, automotive, food & beverage, consumer packaged goods, pulp & paper, textile, and distribution. Manufacturing companies tied to distribution in the same building can realize optimal benefits as well. 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, 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. Follow Hayes on Twitter @NoRiskAutomate.

500 New Distribution Centers in North America Planned for 2015 Must Avoid Automation Mistakes

Too often planners of new distribution centers consider automation too late in the planning process according to John Hayes, founder and thought leader of No Risk Automation (www.NoRiskAutomation.com). Hayes started the firm to inform and protect automation decision-makers. Hayes noted, “There are more than five hundred distribution centers scheduled to open across North America in 2015.

Human Intervention and Machines: Responsible Handling and Proper Implementation Are Keys for Humans to Have a Good Relationship with the Machines

LogoThere are several reasons why the definition of pressure vessel varies from country to country. For one, manufacture, operation and design are backed up by legislation which varies in geographic locations. Pressure is a dangerous science and had cause fatal accidents have happened in the long history of pressure vessel which more or less started during the industrial revolution. As a result of several boiler explosions, design and testing standards had been implemented. A system of certification was also approved to lessen accidents caused by pressure vessel explosion.

MPGIA SA De CV: Mexico's Budding Top Service Provider in the Field of Metal Mechanics

LogoMetal Mechanics industry is said to generate 1.4 million direct jobs and 5.7 million indirect jobs. Notably, this industry makes the most important contribution in generating labor income, for it accounted 42.9% of industrial wages in June 2012 alone. The metal mechanics industry is showing no signs of ceasing till date. Amongst the companies in this field there’s a rising top contender, MGIA SA de CV.