MHI Industry News
Emulate3D Ltd.
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In today’s supply chain, robotics is fast becoming “co-botics.” Machines are not only working effectively alongside their human co-workers, picking petite pill bottles for packaging and tugging heavy, unwieldy items across warehouses, they are working collaboratively with one another.
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The Raymond Corporation
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Workforce shortages have a bigger impact than just moving inventory. Having the right people on board impacts an organization's ability to implement new and emerging technologies and processes. Automated solutions, particularly for moving products around the warehouse, are beginning to see higher adoption rates, allowing a smaller human workforce to do higher level value-adding work elsewhere. In this MHI view video, you’ll learn from companies that are finding success in using AGVs and robots on the warehouse floor.
The 2018 Executive Summit will feature a talk from Gerd Leonhard – futurist, speaker and author. Leonhard will be discussing the “10 Essential Future Principles Every Supply Chain Leader Needs to Know Right Now.” To get a taste of this talk, check out the new video.
To minimize the risk of a pallet load and/or handling equipment colliding with a rack column or another load—creating an unsafe situation—storage rack design engineers incorporate a space allowance for load clearance. Too little clearance will result in damage to both the loads and the storage racks. Too much clearance will waste space and can increase costs.
The Board of Governors of MHI are pleased to announce the appointment of John Paxton to the position of Chief Operating Officer/Chief Executive Officer Designate.
Cybersecurity expert John Sileo will be discussing how cybersecurity can empower cultural change at the 2018 MHI Executive Summit this October. To get a preview, check out this video.
Sometimes it’s more convenient—or simply necessary—to store certain items or loads outside instead of inside the four walls of a facility. And—when properly designed, engineered, installed and maintained—outdoor industrial steel storage racks offer the same degree of safety and functionality as their indoor counterparts.
J-tec Industries
FOX IV Technologies, Inc.
Technology and Innovation
You’re invited to attend "The Hard and Soft Benefits of Owning AGVs" webinar presented by Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVS) on September 20. This webinar will outline the benefits of AGVs, including sample ROI formulas, and also discuss soft benefits not often used in ROI calculations. The result will be a better understanding of how AGVs can be a powerful cost-effective automation tool.
For the sixth year, MHI honored the MODEX exhibitors deemed by an expert panel of industry insiders to have created the most innovative products and solutions in our industry. Prior to MODEX in April, exhibitors were invited to submit entries in three different categories: Best New Innovation, Best Innovation of an Existing Product and Best IT Innovation.
Berner International Corporation
Lean Factory America, LLC
Supply Chain Trends
Robots and people will be working side-by-side in warehouses for years to come. The e-commerce transition will continue to drive net job growth in distribution centers, even as companies invest in automation. And as robots find their place, warehouse operators will face new challenges in coordinating and optimizing the work of humans and their robotic coworkers.
The distribution centers of the future are likely to be largely automated. This MHI view video explains how widespread adoption of automation could have longer term impacts beyond enhanced productivity that could create new opportunities for supply chains.
As the automobile industry ramps up testing of self-driving vehicles, next generation autonomous vehicles are already being deployed across the retail fulfillment chain—and one day, up to consumers’ doors. In the future, autonomous vehicles “definitely” will be ubiquitous—the question is how rapidly they will be adopted.
L-S Industries
HMS Industrial Networks
Global Trade
The near-term outlook for the U.S. economy, global economy and material handling remain generally positive. Leading economic activity data, low interest rates, favorable tax policies in the U.S., a falling greenback, and solid equity markets were all positive dynamics in place at the start of 2018. A mix of these factors have continued to provide reasons to be somewhat optimistic about growth for the year overall, although interest rates, equity markets and leading economic data have experienced surprising swings.