Tag: Automation

MAGProductivity

How Mobile Autonomous Vehicles Address E-Commerce, Automotive And Food/Beverage Handling ...

Operations considering an investment in mobile autonomous vehicles (MAVs) — such as automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) — have lots of questions. Among them: How will the system work in my application? What types of challenges ...
Conveyor/SortationEducation

Conveyor And Sortation Controls: Things To Consider When Choosing Between ...

In a previous post, the meanings of centralized and decentralized control for conveyors and sortation systems were defined.  Deciding between decentralized or centralized controls for a conveyor or sortation system doesn’t have to be difficult. It does, however, require a ...
AS/RSSafety

Six Ergonomic And Safety Advantages Of ASRS Technologies

In addition to transporting, storing, retrieving, lifting and lowering totes, cartons or trays of products at high rates of speed — then delivering them to a workstation for an operator to access — goods-to-person automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) ...
Conveyor/SortationEducation

Conveyor And Sortation Controls: Defining Decentralized And Centralized Architectures

The operation and function of conveyors and sortation systems are driven by one of two types of control: centralized or decentralized. What do each of those terms mean? As it turns out, the material handling and controls industries often use ...
EducationRobotics

Members Of The Robotics Group Discuss Technology Adoption Challenges, Best ...

In a recent episode of MHIcast — MHI’s podcast featuring the latest insights and trends in the material handling, logistics, and supply chain industries — members of MHI’s newest Industry Group, The Robotics Group (TRG), discussed the purpose and goals ...
AS/RSTechnology

Automated Storage Systems And Cold Chain Distribution: The COVID Effect

When the coronavirus pandemic reached U.S. shores in January 2020 and a large percentage of the country found itself sheltering in place over the subsequent months, consumers rapidly shifted to online shopping. Among the industries most impacted, the food and ...
Conveyor/SortationRobotics

Key Areas, Considerations For Integrating Robotics And Automation With Conveyor ...

While high competition for scarce warehouse and distribution labor — and the subsequent rise in wages — had already prompted more operations to investigate robotic and automation solutions to augment their current workforce, COVID-19 compelled many companies to adopt those ...
Solutions CommunityWorkforce

Six Ways Automation Addresses Old And New Labor Issues

Staffing distribution centers and warehouses was challenging even before COVID-19 emerged in 2020, as unemployment rates have remained historically low over the past several years while competition for scarce workers drove wages increasingly higher. With the onset of the pandemic ...
MAGTechnology

Mobile Autonomous Vehicles: Comparing On-Premise To Cloud-Based Hosting Options

When investing in a mobile autonomous vehicle (MAV) system — such as a fleet of automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) or autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) — warehouse operators increasingly have the choice of hosting the fleet management, monitoring, analytics, and control ...
Conveyor/SortationTechnology

Key Considerations When Transitioning From Bulk To Singulated Parcel Flow

With the exponential growth in e-commerce and direct-to-consumer parcel shipments, more carriers’ shipping and handling facilities are assessing a change in their current conveyance and sortation equipment and processes. Making the shift from bulk parcel flow (an unorganized mix of ...