Automated Trailer Loading by Egemin Allows AGVs to Reduce Workers Comp Claims

Instead of continuing the status quo of manually loading over-the-road trailers in manufacturing or warehouse operations, Egemin Automation has developed an alternative method of trailer loading using Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). Automated product movement is within manufacturing and storage phases, but that is where it often stops; Forklift drivers were once necessary to retrieve finished products and load them into out-going trailers. Egemin’s new line of Automated Trailer Loading AGVs now completes the overall factory automation puzzle.

Egemin’s trailer loading AGVs are directly integrated with the users Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. A steady stream of real-time information is continuously passed back-and-forth between the AGV and ERP systems, which allow managers to improve inventory location and shipping operation forecasts.

The reduction of safety related claims by forklift operators is an added benefit. The continual stress that is experienced as operators maneuver over dock plates between the building and trailers has increased Workman’s Compensation claims significantly over the past few decades. The use of automated trailer loading AGVs eliminates costly back injury claims.

The man-aboard forklift and the Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) have finally become one. Morphing manual and automatic operations onto a standard off-the-shelf forklift provides manufacturing and distribution centers the ultimate in material handling flexibility.

Companies in the food, beverage, plastics, consumer goods and big box retail distribution markets purchase Egemin Hybrid Automated Guided Vehicles for flexibility, familiarity, reliability, and affordability. Combined with Egemin’s Warehouse Management System (E’wms), organizations realize better than expected returns on investment.

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.

About Dematic

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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