Selection of AGVs Limited by Political Factions Within Manufacturing Operations

Selection of AGVs Limited by Political Factions within Manufacturing Operations


Monroe, NC -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/04/2014 -- The No Risk Automation newsletter reported on Vishram B. Sawant and Suhas S. Mohite attempted to create a composite weight based on multiple attribute decision support for the selection of Automated Guide Vehicles (AGVs). The authors set out to address the issue of effective evaluation and selection of AGVs, using various mathematical and systems modeling approaches. The development of an intelligent material handling equipment selection system advisor (MHESA) was developed. The authors surmised that there were several limitations of existing expert systems for material handling equipment selection, suggesting the most of them are incomplete prototypes that consider only a limited number of equipment types and attributes. What was missing from this intensive and detailed data-base research was the very political nature of AGV selection within organizations.

John Hayes, founder of No Risk Automation suggested, "Until automation selection is 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. This publication will ensure that the appropriate questions are being asked and answered."

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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 "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.

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