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Commercial Printing

The commercial printing industry uses AGVs to move a viariety of different products from large rolls used in production to finished products directly to the dock for distribution. The skidded products may be boxed, banded, wrapped or simply stacked on a pallet which requires the AGV to handle the product securely during transportation. These AGVs help to increase efficiency, capabilities, and safety while eliminated product damage.

Food & Beverage

AGVs are used in the food and beverage process to aid in the production and transporting of many different types of products. These products may be boxed, bagged, or bottled and placed in/on any type of container or pallet. The AGVs are used to eliminate product damage, increase safety, and operate for long periods of time.
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Automotive & Vehicle Fabrication

AGVs are used throughout many different processes in the automotive industry including assembly, parts manufacturing, engine building and painting.
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Chemical Processing

AGVs are used in chemical processing including pharmaceutical applications. AGVs are perfect for this environment because they eliminate contamination in clean rooms and product damage is reduced when compared to manual processes.


Government Agencies

Government agencies including the United States Postal Service currently use AGVs to move mail throughout the mailing handling process increasing efficiency and safety while eliminated product damage.


Newsprint, Publishing, & Roll Handling

The newsprint and publishing industries use AGVs to move the large paper rolls, increase safety, and eliminate product damage. In addition, the vehicles can be used to transport the finished goods.
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Microelectronics

AGVs are used in the microelectronic industry to aid in the production and transportation of many different types of products including: computer equipment, compact disks, digital videos, and more.


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The Rise of Robotics in the Supply Chainend to Colleague

By Sara Pearson Specter

As the need for flexibility and adaptability throughout the supply chain continues to grow, a shift to robotics will comprise one of the biggest changes in material handling, says C. Dwight Klappich, vice president of research at information technology research and advisory firm Gartner Inc.

"The industry is getting to the point where people will be replaced with robots," he predicts. "Not for every process, but for the types of work humans are unwilling to do for eight hours a day, five days a week."

Industrial robots are already used in a variety of manufacturing and handling applications throughout the supply chain. These include:

  • For handling and manipulation of products as diverse as car doors or eggs, robots are fast and powerful as well as dexterous and sensitive. Applications include pick and place from conveyor line to packaging and machine tending, where the robot feeds raw materials into processing equipment.
  • Robotic palletizing uses robots to load corrugated cartons or other packaged items onto a pallet, building simple to complex layer patterns that maximize load stability during transport.
  • Laser, plasma and water jet cutting systems frequently use robots for precision accuracy, flexibility and safety.
  • Finishing processes—such as grinding, trimming, fettling, polishing and cleaning—employ multi-axis robots to produce a consistent quality finish.
  • Sealing and gluing applications use a robot that follows a path accurately with good control over speed while maintaining a consistent bead of the adhesive.
  • Spraying processes that apply volatile, hazardous solvent-based paints and coatings use robots to minimize human exposure.
  • Spot or seam (MIG, TIG, arc and laser) welding robots produce precise welds, as well as exact control parameters such as power, wire feed and gas flow.

Klappich cites advances in vision technology that enable automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) to navigate their surroundings autonomously, coupled with vast improvements to robotic arm dexterity, as reasons for his assertion that robots are on the rise. Further, the capital costs associated with robotics are on the decline.

"In the past, the cost, time and complexity associated with a highly automated warehouse deterred companies from making that kind of investment," he says. "Now, costs are going down. Plus, the flexibility and adaptability of smaller scale robotic systems allow them to be easily reconfigured to accommodate changing business needs. Both of those factors make the investment easier to justify."

Klappich foresees an evolution to robotic case pickers riding atop AGVs as they fill orders from standard dimension cartons, for example.

"There is, of course, the argument that robots will put people out of work," he continues. "But, the reality for many established economies is that—if you exclude immigration—there is negative population growth. As the cost of labor goes up and the costs of robots go down, it will become economically viable to offload certain processes to robots."

Henrik I. Christensen, PhD, KUKA chair of robotics and director of robotics at Georgia Tech, agrees: "We've seen tremendous progress in robotics and automation in material handling over the last few years," he says. "There has been a lot of development in automation that does the handling tasks that don't require a lot of intelligence and are physically challenging."

Further, robotic technology decreases the amount of space a facility needs to store and handle products. "And real estate is getting increasingly expensive," Dr. Christensen notes.

Dr. Christensen—who served as the principal investigator of the Roadmap for U.S. Robotics report, published in 2009—has dedicated his 30-plus year career to robotics research and development. His studies show that although using automation for material handling can increase efficiency by 20%, challenges exist, such as how to integrate robotics into existing infrastructure and how to retrofit existing DCs with this technology.

Dr Christensen covered those topics in his ProMat 2013 keynote presentation on Monday, January 21 entitled "The Impact of Robotics on Economic Growth." Dr. Christensen also detailed how advances in robotics are revolutionizing manufacturing and distribution operations, as well as insights into how these developments will propel future economic growth.

About the author:

Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for many industry publications. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for more than 15 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC. Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handling equipment, systems and packaging. She recently relocated to Oregon's Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery.

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Zip Codes, Cities and Area Codes NationWide Shelving offers Robotics in Salt Lake City

Serving These Counties in the Salt Lake City Area:

Davis County, Duchesne County, Morgan County, Salt Lake County, Summit County, Tooele County, Utah County, Wasatch County, Weber County.

Serving These Zip Codes in the Salt Lake City Area:

84004, 84005, 84006, 84010, 84013, 84014, 84015, 84020, 84025, 84032, 84036, 84037, 84040, 84040, 84041, 84042, 84043, 84044, 84047, 84049, 84050, 84054, 84056, 84057, 84058, 84060, 84062, 84065, 84067, 84070, 84071, 84074, 84075, 84084, 84087, 84088, 84092, 84094, 84095, 84096, 84097, 84098, 84101, 84102, 84103, 84104, 84105, 84106, 84107, 84108, 84109, 84115, 84116, 84117, 84118, 84119, 84120, 84121, 84123, 84124, 84128, 84141, 84310, 84315, 84340, 84401, 84403, 84404, 84405, 84601, 84602, 84604, 84606, 84651, 84653, 84663, 84664.

Serving these Cities in the Salt Lake City Area:

American Fork, Bingham Canyon, Bingham Cyn, Bluffdale, Bountiful, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cedar Hills, Centerfield, Clearfield, Cleveland, Clinton, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Eagle Mountain, Eagle Mtn, Fairfield, Farmington, Fruit Heights, Grantsville, Heber City,Herriman, Highland, Holladay, Honeyville, Hooper, Huntsville, Kamas, Kaysville, Layton, Lehi, Lindon, Logan, Midvale, Midway, Murray, North Logan, North Ogden, North Salt Lake, Ogden, Orem, Park City, Pleasant Grove, Pleasant View, Provo, Riverdale, Riverton, Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Jordan, South Ogden, South Salt Lake, South Weber, Spanish Fork, Spring City, Springdale, Springville, Sunset, Syracuse, Taylorsville, Tooele, West Bountiful, West Haven, West Jordan, West Point, West Valley City, Woods Cross.

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