Archive for AGV

Moving to the Fully Flexible Assembly Line

The traditional assembly line moves products from station to station on conveyor lines or overhead cranes.Automatic Guided Vehicles are being used to create a fully flexible factory line. AGVs can be used as a “flexible fabrication platform.”

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Kiva Systems Acquired at a Very Steep Price!

Amazon.com’s acquisition of Kiva Systems keeps coming up in my conversations with industry peers and colleagues. Kiva is a provider of advanced robotic material handling systems — or looked at in an alternative way, the company brought to market much more intelligent Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) than we had seen before. Adrian wrote about the acquisition shortly after it occurred. Now I’d like to add my two cents. Back in 2009, I wrote a Strategic […]

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Kellogg’s Use of Automated Guided Vehicles

The ongoing developments in intelligent and flexible material handling systems, which are basically robots, continue to fascinate me. For example, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) used to be fairly dumb machines that moved from point to point by following a preset trail of magnets in the warehouse floor. Humans loaded them at one end of the warehouse and unloaded them at the other. But AGVs have gotten a whole lot smarter.    At the RedPrairie user conference […]

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Goldilocks and Warehouse Technologies for Food Distribution

We all remember the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, where one bed was too soft, one was too hard, and third was just right. When it comes to warehousing technologies for food distribution, I see the same thing. In grocery, most store shipments are composed of mixed-SKU pallets. The layout of a grocery distribution center (DC) generally mirrors a store’s layout. So, if fruits and vegetables are found in the first aisle of […]

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