HOLLAND, MICHIGAN – AGV systems in the industry support various storage types for pallets, racks and bins including block stacking, deep lane stacking or warehouse racking.
In the current issue of Global Food Safety Resource (GFSR), manufacturing journalist TR Cutler noted, “Food and beverage industry requirements of automated guided vehicles are unique. AGV’s must be equipped to handle palletized and unit loads of beer, soft drinks, cereals, candy, snack foods, in-process ingredients, packaging materials in manufacturing, cross-docking, warehousing, and trailer loading environments.”
Few AGV manufacturers have In-depth knowledge of compliance requirements for food and beverage industries. AGV systems must meet the requirements for intermediate storage of food products. Automated guided vehicles must also take expiration dates of final products into account and organize warehouse shelves accordingly resulting in optimal food conservation at every point in the workflow.
The ability to modify the construction of an AGV is vital to ensure that it is compliant with stringent hygiene regulations, such as stainless steel frames, usage of fully sealed components. and encapsulated steer drive units to allow complete cleanliness of the AGV’s.
Automated guided vehicles are implemented in any intermediate stage of food beverage supply chains from trailer unloading, raw materials receiving. and transport to and from AS/RS to supply to processing lines, handling of finished products and trailer loading.
According to Mark Stevenson, “Warehouse Management Systems must link the logistic environment and the equipment available in the warehouse and consists of two main modules.” Stevenson is Vice President for Egemin Automation, Inc., a global provider of Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems, Material Handling and Automation solutions. For the past twenty years, Stevenson has worked with many of the world’s largest corporations on the design and implementation of automatic guided vehicle systems, including two of the first automatic trailer loading system in the United States, and he holds a patent as a co-inventor of ATL technology. Stevenson is recognized as one of the foremost authorities and subject matter experts on the design and application of automated trailer loading systems and warehousing automation with automatic guided vehicles. “Warehouse Management Systems must be specifically designed to work with all forms of automation, as well as forklift truck fleets,” noted Stevenson.
About Dematic Egemin
Dematic Egemin (formerly Egemin Automation) manufactures, implements and services mobile automation solutions that improve warehouse, production and distribution center processes to optimize the supply chain. Product solutions include Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and in-floor towing solutions. Dematic Egemin comprises the Mobile Automation group within Dematic, with a Center of Excellence located in Holland, Michigan.
Dematic is a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic, Egemin and Retrotech, now integrated under the roof of KION Group, have implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.
Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services, and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centres. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally, and a leading provider of warehouse automation.
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