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Autonomous Delivery is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be… Yet
June 27, 2018

Autonomous Delivery is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be… Yet

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
The logistics and supply chain sector has been inundated with new and novel transport technologies in the past two years, however, experts don’t expect many of these technologies to be widely available for another 5-10. This article explains why parts suppliers may be better served by focusing on reducing lead-times to same-day delivery.

Don’t get stuck in reverse: When is it time to evaluate your reverse logistics practices?
June 27, 2018

Don’t get stuck in reverse: When is it time to evaluate your reverse logistics practices?

By Tom DeVroy, IFS
This article outlines three common reverse logistics scenarios. If these ring true then it may be time to evaluate whether your reverse logistics strategy is costing you time, money and customer satisfaction.

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation
May 29, 2018

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation

By Alessandro Bosio, Sensata Technologies
Automated and integrated systems are proving to be solutions in industries like Materials Handling. The rise of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in these applications is driving the need for safer and more reliable sensing systems and controls.

2018 HANNOVER MESSE & CeMAT to see Industry 4.0 meeting Logistics 4.0
March 13, 2018

2018 HANNOVER MESSE & CeMAT to see Industry 4.0 meeting Logistics 4.0

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
From April 23-27, 2018, HANNOVER MESSE and CeMAT will run concurrently with a particular emphasis on integration in supply chain and manufacturing. The theme -'Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate' - encompasses the range of Industry 4.0 technology, thinking, and creative applications

HARTING Technology Group Aims to Expand Industry 4.0 & IoT Reach in 2018
March 06, 2018

HARTING Technology Group Aims to Expand Industry 4.0 & IoT Reach in 2018

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
HARTING has been expanding into edge computing for Industry 4.0 and IoT applications. 2018 for HARTING will see an enhanced focus on digitalization, education and edge computing.

Sky No Longer the Limit with Package Distribution Drone at PACK EXPO Las Vegas
September 22, 2017

Sky No Longer the Limit with Package Distribution Drone at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

By Tom Egan, PMMI and Elliot Bokeno, Workhorse
In collaboration with electric truck and drone maker Workhorse, PMMI will present an interactive visualization at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2017 of how drones bring packages directly to consumer homes.

AGVs: Guiding Today's Industry
August 04, 2017

AGVs: Guiding Today's Industry

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
This article discusses how automated guided vehicles have advanced from simple materials handlers to intelligent autonomous robots.

Selecting the Right Material Handling Conveyor
August 02, 2017

Selecting the Right Material Handling Conveyor

By Zach Arnold, Arnold Machine
Material handling conveyors are often a key element of automated manufacturing systems. They safely and efficiently transfer parts across the warehouse floor from station to station or even through other automated systems.

Pay-as-You-Go Pick-to-Light Redefining Warehouse Automation
July 25, 2017

Pay-as-You-Go Pick-to-Light Redefining Warehouse Automation

By Thomas R. Cutler, Manufacturing Media Consortium
Until now Pick-to-Light equipment has represented a significant fixed capital expense with little consideration for variable use, often driven by seasonality, warehouse/distribution variance, and project management flux. One company, Texas-based Voodoo Robotics has invented a different model for the new generation of Pick-to-Light.

Automated Conveyer Solutions: The answer to rising labor rates?
May 11, 2017

Automated Conveyer Solutions: The answer to rising labor rates?

By John Murdoch, Alfacon Solutions
At lower wages, it was more difficult to cost-justify the automation expense. Management could throw more labor at the volume issue. Now with much higher labor rates (not including health insurance, workers’ compensation, vacation time, and safety concerns), conveyor automation is axiomatic and needed more than ever before.

Materials Handling Automation Innovations include Safety and Ergonomics
November 07, 2016

Materials Handling Automation Innovations include Safety and Ergonomics

By Thomas R. Cutler, Manufacturing Media Consortium
The notions of safety and profitability are not mutually exclusive. This article discusses cost-effective ways how automation can help facilitate your organizational safety

2015 PAR Insights: Leveraging Supply Chain Solutions with Stage-By-Component
September 09, 2016

2015 PAR Insights: Leveraging Supply Chain Solutions with Stage-By-Component

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Automated Guided Vehicles (AVG) served as an enabling technology for a pharmaceutical manufacturer to achieve Stage By Component (SBC) – the delivery of every component required in the production process, "when I need it and where I need it."

Holiday Shipping Approaches: Increasing Demand for Rules Based Warehouse Control Systems
September 06, 2016

Holiday Shipping Approaches: Increasing Demand for Rules Based Warehouse Control Systems

By Thomas Cutler, Manufacturing Media Consortium
The old warehouse is no more as the RF gun, constant verifications, small keypads, and hard to read screens are quickly becoming yesterday’s technology.

February 22, 2016

IoT Impacting Supply-Chain Management

By Oleg Logvinov, chair, IEEE P2413
The IoT is opening up new and innovative ways for manufacturers and suppliers to accurately track parts and materials in real time, reducing or eliminating delivery delays or mix-ups that can cost millions of dollars.

How to Balance Risk vs. Reward for Business Success
December 16, 2015

How to Balance Risk vs. Reward for Business Success

By Bob Jones, Integrated Systems Design
One of the principal challenges any organization encounters is how to know when it may be strategically beneficial to push the envelope on an internal logistics system automation project. First you need to ask yourself and your organization some tough questions. Here we will focus on the top five questions to ask.

Increasing Efficiency With Containers, Bins And Totes
November 21, 2015

Increasing Efficiency With Containers, Bins And Totes

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By Bethe Croy
Containers, bins, totes and various means of storage and inventory management can drastically improve the way your plant operates — and save you a lot of money in the process.

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A New Way to Move Products
July 07, 2015

A New Way to Move Products

By Oliver Haya and Erik Myers, Rockwell Automation
Manufacturers and packaging contractors are constantly striving to locate a cost-effective and flexible way to increase productivity in their packaging operations, while also economizing their floor space. Traditional linear moving systems rarely meet all the criteria. The intelligent modular track systems offer greater flexibility and energy efficiency, and lower operating and maintenance costs.

June 25, 2015

Strategies for improving warehouse processes in an e-commerce marketplace

By Chuck Fuerst and Carl Marin, HighJump
The warehouse should be one of the first places you turn to when improving efficiencies and productivity for your business. It’s the heart of your operations, and its ability to be nimble and efficient has a big impact on your customers’ experience and your bottom line.

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Collaborative Robots Transform Industry
May 01, 2015

Collaborative Robots Transform Industry

By Bill Lydon, Editor
I am convinced that collaborative robots are the highest impact automation development to improve manufacturing since the assembly line. If this development follows the cost performance trends of past developments, like PCs, we at the beginning of a new revolution.

Robot use increases more than 27% in 2014
April 24, 2015

Robot use increases more than 27% in 2014

By Bill Lydon, Editor
According to IFR, more than 220,000 robots were sold globally in 2014. The automotive industry is still the strongest, followed by the electronics industry. But there are many more applications in other industries that are just starting to grow, particularly with new small, safe, and collaborative robots.