Industrial journalist, TR Cutler recently spoke with Nic Temple, VP of U.S. Sales for Global AGV in Robotics & Automation News. Read the article here. Cutler reported that many manufacturers are looking to automate material handling processes because it reduces the potential for COVID-19 exposure by reducing human contact.
According to Temple, “The key advantages of autonomous forklifts are critical during the pandemic. A single unit offers a dynamic flexibility, scalability, and reliability that may allow compliance with safety requirements avoiding contamination. Automation reduces product damage and alleviates the ergonomic impact of repetitive, physically demanding tasks in today's highly-complex manufacturing operations.”
Realistically an operation with just a few forklifts will replace a unit every 5 – 7 years. A manufacturer currently operating just a few units will exchange the next purchase in 2020 with an autonomous forklift to discover the true value that automation can bring to the operation. Implementing automation as a scalable solution will allow for an unbiased comparison of autonomous versus manual forklift operations.
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Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 21-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium. Cutler is featuring African American manufacturers in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Learn more here.
During COVID-19 Cutler is advising manufacturers, industrial leaders, supply chain professionals, and C-level executives how to best navigate Q3 2020 and beyond.
Cutler has authored more than 8,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 4500 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler.
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