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 Egemin Automation Inc.
Egemin Automation manufactures, implements and services automated material handling solutions that improve warehouse, production, and distribution center processes. Egemin’s standard and tailor-made automation solutions enable customers to remain one step ahead of the competition.
Egemin’s solutions include design, installation, modernization, and support of automated warehouse and distribution systems, including Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS).
North American headquarters for Egemin are based in Holland, MI, with global headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium. Egemin Automation is part of the KION Group, a leading global intralogistics solutions provider comprising the brands of Linde, STILL, Fenwick, OM STILL, Baoli, Voltas, and Egemin Automation. The KION Group is headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, and is present in more than 100 countries, 23,500 employees, and sales of almost $5.7 billion.
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