Tag: MHI

AS/RSProductivity

ASRS Equipment Requires Minimal Maintenance, Delivers Maximum Uptime

Automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) are often erroneously thought to be “high maintenance” by prospective owners and operators. That’s because they are directed by computer-controlled systems for the automatic storage and retrieval of a broad range of load types, ...
MAGTechnology

Why Pairing Forked AGVs With AMRs Delivers Better ROI

Companies considering an investment in mobile autonomous vehicles — such as autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) — sometimes erroneously believe that they have to exclusively choose one solution or the other. Often, as is the case ...
EducationRobotics

Three Ways Robotic Solutions Are Addressing COVID-19 Supply Chain Challenges

Although there have been concerns over the years that robots will ultimately replace humans — and take their jobs — in manufacturing, distribution and order fulfillment, their availability during the shutdowns associated with COVID-19 has helped numerous facilities maintain productivity. ...
Conveyor/SortationEducation

Resource Shares Details On Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor Applications

Because they represent a small segment of the conveyor industry, vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) are not universally known. That’s why the members of the VRC Subcommittee of the Conveyors and Sortation Systems (CSS) Industry Group of MHI have released a ...
Solutions CommunityTechnology

Converting Equipment From Manual To Autonomous Operation? Ensure All Affected ...

To increase throughput without adding more labor or square footage, many facilities are retrofitting manual equipment to provide automated operation. Post-retrofit, it might be tempting to only test one updated unit in a fleet of multiple upgraded systems in an ...
AS/RSWorkforce

Goods-To-Person ASRS Technologies Address Multiple Labor Challenges

Pre-pandemic, e-commerce fulfillment centers and distribution centers serving a variety of sectors struggled to attract, hire, and retain qualified labor. Even among full-time hires, attendance could be spotty. And, in spite of the unprecedented job losses and furloughs over the ...
EducationSolutions Community

Switching To Automated, Goods-To-Person Fulfillment? Gather Company-Wide Input On Material ...

As more and more retailers seek to expand their e-commerce offerings, many in supply chains are looking to supplement their back-of-store fulfillment operations with more centralized, regional distribution center (DC) fulfillment. Goods-to-person (GTP) automated solutions located in the DC offer ...
RoboticsTechnology

Calculating The Potential ROI For A Robotic Installation

When determining the potential return on investment (ROI) in an automated material handling solution such as robotics, most projects are evaluated based on net present value (NPV), minimum acceptable rate of return (ROR), the payback period, and other methods. Yet, ...
EducationSolutions Community

Taking Over A “New-To-You” Facility? Know The Capacities Of The ...

Existing warehouses change ownership all the time. Sometimes it’s through a merger or acquisition that expands a network; other times a customer may buy a facility previously run by their third-party logistics (3PL) service provider. Regardless of how a building ...
AS/RSTechnology

Exploring The Differences Between Vertical Lift Modules And Vertical Carousels

Vertical lift modules (VLMs) and vertical carousels are both computer-controlled, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) that maximize cubic footprint by storing items vertically. Their internal components include trays (also called pans, shelves, or carriers) that are moved up and ...