Hybrid Automated Guided Vehicles Are Flying Off-The-Shelf

HOLLAND, MICHIGAN – “Off-The-Shelf” is a term with multiple meanings when referring tohybrid automated guided vehicles. Since the public release of the hybrid automated guided vehicle, sales for this new AGV are breaking industry records. “Apart from the automatic trailer loading AGV, I cannot remember a time when a new vehicle type created such a buzz in the marketplace,” said Dave Noble, Director of Marketing and Communications at Egemin. “Hybrid AGVs are literally flying off-the-shelves.” To date, hybrid automatic guided vehicles are moving over 10 million pallets annually. By the end of 2012, that number is expected to triple. “Our hybrid AGV is truly an industry game changer.”

Companies in the food, beverage, plastics, consumer goods and big box retail distribution markets have chosen hybrid automated guided vehicles for their flexibility, familiarity, reliability and affordability. Combined with Egemin’s Warehouse Management System (E’wms), organizations are realizing better than expected returns on investment using the Egemin hybrid automated guided vehicle solution.

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA), the leading provider of forklift trucks in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Latin America, is the primary component supplier for Egemin’s Hybrid Automated Guided Vehicle. “When Egemin began its search for a component supplier, MCFA’s reputation and commitment for providing quality lift trucks stood above the rest,” said Jerry Dekker, President and CEO of Egemin. “Our customers expect the best from Egemin and the automated guided vehicle delivers a unique experience to material handlers.”

The MCFA man-aboard forklift provides second meaning for the term “Off-The-Shelf.” Morphing manual and automatic operations onto a standard off-the-shelf forklift provides the never seen before solution that easily allows an operator the ability to drive the vehicle manually and then place the forklift back into fully automatic laser guidance mode. The Caterpillar forklifts used are capable of 3,500 and 5,500-pound lifting capacities. They efficiently move pallets between manufacturing cells, warehousing and standard over-the-road trailers. With lifting heights up to 23’, deep lane floor stacking, pushback rack, drive-in rack and standard racking are common interface points for these versatile vehicles.

So how does MCFA feel about its partnership with Egemin? “Egemin is an industry leader in the Automated Guided Vehicle marketplace and being able to contribute to state-of-the-art practices in material handling is an honor,” said Kent Eudy, vice president of dealer sales, MCFA. “At MCFA, we always strive to create and support efficient and effective industry innovations.”

The Hybrid AGV comes standard with industrial lead-acid batteries, laser navigation, advanced laser safety systems, graphical touch screen monitor, Windows OS on solid state drive (SSD) media and 802.11 wireless communications. Optional components based on specific system requirements include RFID readers, bar code scanners, 3D camera technology, robotic battery exchange system, automatic battery charging and mechanism side-shift.

About Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA)

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) is a leading manufacturer of forklifts in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Latin America.  The company manufactures and distributes three distinct brands – Mitsubishi forklift trucks, Cat lift trucks and Jungheinrich warehouse products – from its Houston headquarters. MCFA features the industry’s most extensive dealer network in North, Central and South America.  The company provides customers with quality products that range from warehousing to industrial applications and are backed by industry-leading customer service. For more information, visithttp://www.mcfa.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.

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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