HOLLAND, MICHIGAN – Montana Silversmiths recently installed an Egemin Packmobile®automated guided vehicle to perform robotic delivery of silver in their western style jewelry manufacturing facility. The Packmobile® transports work-in-process (WIP) goods between nine production lines and shipping. Within two days, the Packmobile® was installed and instantly increased production by tripling throughput.
Production personnel at Montana Silversmiths hand-carried trays and pushed carts loaded with thousands of silver components daily between stamping, water jet cutting, welding, and plating departments. This disruption caused a stoppage in production for non-value added transport. To overcome these interruptions, Montana Silversmiths employed runners (AKA spiders) who would manually transport parts after they had backed up in the assembly areas. Management was challenged to introduce a solution that would eliminate the need for personnel to leave their production stations and eliminate back ups in production.
Montana Silversmiths considered the use of pneumatic tubes, conveyors, and overhead chain drives as a solution to moving product. However, each did not provide the flexibility, changeability, or affordability of the Packmobile®. Additionally, the other solutions required a significant amount of infrastructure modifications and would have taken weeks to install. The Packmobile® was installed and operators trained in less than 48-hours.
The Packmobile® material transport robot was outfitted with three 2’ x 4’ wire shelves to securely hold thousands of custom silver jewelry components per delivery trip. Following a 1” wide invisible ultra-violet stripe on the floor, the Packmobile® safely travels the confines of the production and shipping departments, automatically stopping for personnel using a radar detection safety system. It can run for 30 miles on a single battery charge and has the ability to tow trailers behind. Operators simply press the “go” button to send it to the next stop after loading/unloading the required contents. The typical return-on-investment (ROI) for a Packmobile® system is less than 12-months.
About Montana Silversmiths
Established in Columbus, Montana in 1973, Montana Silversmiths® is a pioneer manufacturer and distributor in the western industry. Our skilled craftsmen are the finest in the western industry, perfecting a combination of traditional western designs and crisply executed engraving styles, which include buckles, jewelry, and lifestyle products for the western enthusiasts. The company has a solid stable of trusted brands including Montana Lifestyles™, Cowboy Kickers™ Footwear, Attitude Buckles, and of course, the world renowned Montana Silversmiths® Buckles and Jewelry. For more information, please visitwww.montanasilversmiths.com.
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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