Monroe, NC -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/19/2014 -- No Risk Automation newsletter discussed automated guided vehicle (AGV) maintenance costs. Factored into the cost of maintenance should also be the amount of time required to respond and correct issues with the system on an ongoing basis. Many times the system slowly begins to perform at lower and lower system efficiency. When it gets to a point where production deficiency is visible and causing pain, the reduction from new high performance automation tools is shocking and frequently causes a great deal of acrimony.
The newsletter also explored making an informed decision on return on investment (ROI) when purchasing an AGV. Costs can be evaluated in a myriad of ways. Cost avoidance must also be considered. Often, increases in mobile equipment accidents typically bring increases in the cost of Workers Compensation and Lost Time and production. There are often increases in operational requirements, which are best handled with a fixed one-time cost versus adding increasing recurring labor costs.
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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 (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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