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Warehouse Equipment Is Needed, but Which Type Do You Need Most?

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We know that a warehouse is a building used to store goods of all type. Generally found just outside urban areas, they are often very plain, very large building used by businesses of all types for storage of whole goods or components. While the primary responsibility of the warehouse is storage, that definition oversimplifies the activities seen in them.

When you enter a warehouse, you will encounter all manner of material handling equipment, conveyors, burden carriers, Automated storage, and retrieval system, pallet jacks and of course forklift trucks. One responsibility of warehouse managers is making certain they have the right blend of equipment. Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: The Most Popular Posts From the Week of May 13th

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top ten forklift Forklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers.

Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary. Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: The Most Popular Posts From the Week of May 6th

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Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary. Continue reading

Navigating Today’s Forklift Market

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purchasing or buy toyota forkliftIf you’re in the forklift market for the first-time, have returned to the market after a long absence, or just need to go back to the basics, understanding where to start in buying a new forklift can seem like a complex process. And it can be. That’s why getting organized in your pursuit of buying the best forklift is a great place to start and Toyota can help to make sure you get the best ROI on your investment. Use this guide, which will help you know what to expect, offer a few tips to help you succeed, and few pitfalls to avoid. Continue reading

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Top 10 Tuesday: The Most Popular Posts From the Week of April 29th

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Forklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers.

Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary. Continue reading

Is Leasing a Forklift the Best Choice for You?: The User’s Guide

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There are a lot of questions surrounding the question when is leasing a forklift the right choice? Toyota Material Handling has a e-book for download you should consider. Click this link for access to that paper.

Acquiring a forklift or a fleet of forklifts can have a major positive ROI for companies that carefully do their homework and get the best possible equipment for their operation. But choosing the right forklift is only one part of maximizing ROI for your capital equipment. You also need to consider what method of procurement to pursue: Should you rent, lease, or buy?

The answer to that questions will be dictated by your unique needs and operation. But for many companies, leasing provides too many advantages to ignore. What are those advantages? And what can you expect during the lifetime of your lease? Toyota can help answer these questions and more. Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: The Most Popular Posts From the Week of April 22nd

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Forklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers.

Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary. Continue reading

Automated Guided Vehicles: The Whats and Whys

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What is an automated guided vehicle? MHI [the nation’s largest material handling, logistics, and supply chain association] gives us several definitions in their online training program. The first reads: An automatic guided vehicle system (AGVS) consists of one or more computer controlled, wheel-based load carriers (normally battery powered) that runs on the plant or warehouse floor (or if outdoors on a paved area) without the need for an onboard operator or driver. The second definition states: An automated guided vehicle or automatic guided vehicle (AGV) is a mobile robot that follows markers or wires in the floor or uses vision or lasers. They are most often used in industrial applications to move materials around a manufacturing facility or a warehouse.

As industries continue to advance, so do the technologies that facilitate them. Automated guided vehicles, (AGV) are technological innovations created to streamline factory process. These unmanned autonomous vehicles are usually used in point A to point B applications to eliminate the need of using skilled employees in a simple and repetitive task. I’m here to offer you a basic breakdown of how AGVs work, so you can assess their relative value to your operation.

Automated Guided Vehicles – The Basics

AGVs can be guided seamlessly and effortlessly and be equipped with path interference detectors to help increase safety. This can also reduce the chance for damaged product. Automatic guided vehicles can come in many forms such as tuggers, carts, or unit load vehicles to transport materials from one location to the next without the need of a manual operator. This can give managers the opportunity to utilize the labor force in better ways by reducing redundancy of movement and operations with more than one station/shift.

How Do AGVs Work?

Using a system controller and an operator interface, companies are able to visually map out and log the whereabouts, health, and capacity of the automated guided vehicles. Engineers create distinct paths that will be put into operation. The vehicle will use tracks of magnetic tape or wires, or points of direction using lasers. When charging needs to occur there are a few options. Engineering can set an automatic time to go charge, once the vehicle hits a certain battery percentage, or if it is idle.

Who Uses AGVs

Many industries can benefit from the use of automated guided vehicles. The pharmaceutical industry is a good place for AGVs due to the need of validation of locations and processes. Another is manufacturing because of the ability to move Work in Progress (WIP) inventory.

AGVs can also be installed in different sizes of companies. Basically, AGVs are the everyman of facilities. While some may think only large operations were using AGVs, in the last decade these technologies have made their presence known in small to mid-size operations. This is due to the relative cost of a single unit and the utility of both small and large fleets. Companies with less investment availability can reap the benefits of installing AGVs using less expensive carts.

What’s Next for AGVs?

Automated guided vehicle engineers have recently been pushing the envelope to increase capabilities of AGVs that are making them more diverse in application, simpler to use, and easier on the wallet. The ability to program more than one navigation system and graphical interface make complex floor plans a no hassle, easily viewable, and changeable solution. The improved systems in AGVs are being made with a constant eye on traffic in the warehouse which are allowing for even less throughput time with a less damage than before.

While AGVs may be a great solution for one company, it may not be for another. Cost-Benefit analysis, among other research for your specific operation is important when deciding if implementing an AGV system is right for you.

 

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Original article was published by Toyota Material Handling U.S.A.

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Top 10 Tuesday: The Most Popular Posts From the Week of April 15th

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Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary. Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: The Most Popular Posts From the Week of April 8th

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Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary. Continue reading

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