Monday, October 31, 2011
The Integrated Systems and Controls (ISC) Council of Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has released the fourth in a series of Automation Reports titled Sentiment Towards Automation Suppliers.
Looking over the survey as a whole, several key takeaways important to the material handling, supply chain and logistics industry emerge:
Respondents represented a wide variety of job titles, including warehousing, logistics and supply chain managers (31%); engineering, design and technical managers (24%); corporate and executive managers (15%); operations, production and plant managers (12%); facilities managers (7%) and purchasing (6%).
The average number of employees at responding companies was 815, with an average of 359 employees at the facility. However, 55% of the respondents work at companies with more than 1,000 employees and 10% work at individual facilities with more than 1,000 employees.
The survey was completed in recently over lists compiled by DC Velocity (www.dcvelocity.com), Modern Materials Handling (www.mmh.com), Material Handling & Logistics (www.mhlnews.com) and MHIA (www.mhia.org). Affinity Research Solutions (www.affinityresearchsolutions.com) conducted the survey on behalf of ISC.
A total of 486 qualified responses were received, including 316 (65%) respondents from warehousing/distribution and 170 (35%) from manufacturing.
ISC is an Industry Group of MHIA. ISC members are the Industry's leading suppliers of integrated material handling and controls systems and is comprised of members of the Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems (AS/RS), Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVS), Conveyor & Sortation Systems (CSS), Order Fulfillment Solutions (OFS) , and Supply Chain Execution Systems & Technologies (SCE) Industry Groups of MHIA. They supply systems worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector.
MHIA is an international trade association that has represented this industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Member companies come from all areas of material handling and various parts of the world, making MHIA a strong national and international representative for the material handling industry. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product-specific sections, councils and affiliates. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat 2013 and MODEX 2012, to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.
Contact: For more information on MHIA activities and programming contact Carol Miller at 704-676-1190/800-345-1815.