Autonomous Vehicles in the Warehouse

Driverless vehicles are coming, but they’re already having a major impact inside distribution centers and warehouses as the front line of the supply chain changes forever.


 

The Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems Product Section strives to educate and promote the industry. One of the methods the industry utilizes to achieve this goal is through the collection of systems installation statistics and trends. The collection of this data is a prerequisite and a continuing condition of AGVS Product Section membership.

These statistical trends are compiled from information collected from current MHI AGVS Product Section Member Companies in good standing. Even though this data does not reflect the total market size, it does reflect the majority of new installations and indicates the breadth of the applications benefiting from the technology. It also indicates that a company does not have to be big to benefit! Small, simple systems can deliver just as much return as the larger more highly integrated systems, too.

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Evolution of AGVs - What's Available and What's to Come?
AGV systems have quickly become a disruptive force leading the way to Intralogistics 4.0. Industry estimates forecast double digit growth of AGVs through 2020. This educational seminar outlines both simple, AGV applications as well as the more challenging ones. Attendees of varying experience will gain a better understanding of where to begin and what is possible in the world of AGVs.
Breaking Barriers: A New Generation of AGVs
Once upon a time, AGVs were thought of as large, lumbering beasts that ate up huge chunks of floor space and feasted on operational budgets. Now, these behemoths are being conquered by smaller, more affordable vehicles that are doing jobs no one ever thought possible and bringing peace and prosperity to new realms in the manufacturing and distribution world. Learn how today's AGVs are evolving into a new breed of technology and changing the material handling landscape!
AGVS of MHI Presents: "No Brainer" AGV / AGC Applications
Don't fear the implementation of automation. Replacing forklifts or pallet jacks with automated guided vehicles or carts can be relatively painless and yield significant savings to your company. In this session, you will explore actual projects where AGV/C's have been installed replacing the more common ways of material handling and learn about both the particulars of the project and the results. This is a great opportunity for plant/operation managers and material handling specialists to see how an AGV/C system can easily be implemented within their own four walls.
AGVS of MHI Presents: Payback is a Dirty Word, But it Doesn't Have To Be. How to Accurately and Properly Justify AGV's and AGC's.
Replacing conventional forklifts and material handling equipment with Automated Guided Vehicles or carts can save your company in countless ways but only if you can get by the finance department! In this session, you will learn a few of the latest techniques for clearly showcasing all of the benefits of automation in addition to a simple ROI calculation. You'll also learn what not to do from comical examples. This session will be entertaining and informative for operations and finance types alike.
How AGVs Improve Safety and Flexibility at Minimal Cost in Warehouses and DCs
Increasingly competitive industrial environments are challenging warehouse and distribution center managers to reduce costs and increase productivity, while raising quality and safety standards. Learn how AGVs can benefit warehouse operations by improving workplace safety while maintaining the needed flexibility and cost efficiency. Session attendees will see real-world examples from AGV suppliers showcasing how AGVs have been recently deployed in warehouses and the typical ROI results. Find out how to use the AGV cost estimating tool to justify your first or next AGV purchase.
Top 5 Ways AGVs drive lean efficiency and reduce costs in manufacturing
Manufacturing companies are challenged with reducing costs, improving safety, and boosting efficiency for point A to point B transportation. Find out the top 5 reasons AGVs are the solution of choice for addressing these challenges. Session attendees will see real-world case study examples from AGV suppliers showcasing how AGVs drive lean efficiencies and cost reductions, improve safety, and deliver an excellent return on investment. Learn how to use the AGV insightful cost-estimating tool to justify your first or next AGV purchase.
How AGVs Improve Safety and Flexibility at Minimal Cost in Warehouses and DCs
Sponsored by Swisslog
Increasingly competitive industrial environments are challenging warehouse and distribution center managers to reduce costs and increase productivity, while raising quality and safety standards. Learn how AGVs can benefit warehouse operations by improving workplace safety while maintaining the needed flexibility and cost efficiency. Session attendees will see real-world examples from AGV suppliers showcasing how AGVs have been recently deployed in warehouses and the typical ROI results. Find out how to use the AGV cost estimating tool to justify your first or next AGV purchase.
ANSI/ITSDF B56.5-2012, Safety Standard for Driverless, Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles and Automated Functions of Manned Industrial Vehicles
This Standard defines the safety requirements relating to the elements of design, operation, and maintenance of powered, not mechanically restrained, unmanned automatic guided industrial vehicles and the system of which the vehicles are a part. It also applies to vehicles originally designed to operate exclusively in a manned mode but which are subsequently modified to operate in an unmanned, automatic mode, or in a semiautomatic, manual, or maintenance mode.

2016/2017 Scholarship Recipient
Ms. Catherine Ninah, University of Central Florida, BSIE

Catherine is a rising senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing a BSIE Degree. She enjoys conducting research in the supply chain, logistics and modeling. Catherine’s Dad is an Industrial Engineer so growing up, she and her Dad would play games to see how they could optimize specific situations such as making the cashing in grocery stores more efficient. She has accepted a summer internship at Dell Inc. in Round Rock, Texas in their Global Engineering and Operations Technology. She has been awarded a Humanitarian Award from Mayor Dyer, recognized as a Provost Scholar and she has made the President’s Honor Roll consistently in her career at the University of Central Florida. After graduation in May 2017, Catherine would like to gain work experience in the industry before going back to school to become a Professor.

AGVS Managing Executive


Anupam Berry Bose

704-676-1190

Leadership


Chairman
Stacy Kelly
Banner Engineering Corporation

Vice Chairman
Bryan Knott
Dematic