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This new report explores how the global pandemic is reshaping supply chains and sectorial activity, and where to look for recovery as lessons emerge on how to ensure long-term business resilience.
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E-commerce has revolutionized order processing, and supply chain professionals are rising to the challenge by embracing new, innovative forms of automation. With collaborative robots, increased customer assistance, and data analytics, distribution centers are evolving to meet increasing demand. Learn about strategies, technology and trends in automaton for meeting customer demand in this new video on MHI View.
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One of the many well-documented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been consumers’ shift to shopping online instead of in-store. In an attempt to meet the rapidly rising demands of e-commerce against the backdrop of an existing labor shortage and new social distancing restrictions, more operations are exploring their automation options, including autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).
   
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A series of 20 different areas should be reviewed, as detailed in MH27.2 Daily Operator Checklist for Enclosed Track Crane or Monorail Systems, a free document offered by the Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA) of MHI.
Warehouse operations, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers that invest in ergonomically designed technologies and training to help workers safely perform physical tasks will improve both their wellbeing and overall productivity. 
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Autonomous material handling equipment like smart, self-driving fork trucks, pallet trucks, and tuggers are becoming a standard tool for facility operations and are often key for maximizing throughput and staying competitive. Download the easy-to-understand, side-by-side comparison of the different operating platforms – see what they are, how each works, and understand why the industry has moved on from AGVs & VGVs automation to the advanced fully autonomous AMR equipment.
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There’s little downtime these days at companies that provide robotics, automation and intelligent transportation management solutions for the supply chain. Since the pandemic hit, they’ve been flooded with requests for their products. More and more companies have identified that having some kind of robust and flexible automation within their operation is going to become a core competency moving forward.
Investing in automated guided vehicles (AGVs) is a great way to improve your operation’s efficiency. However, this efficiency boost can be achieved in one of two ways: quickly and smoothly, with the minimum of fuss, or via a long, painful and potentially expensive commissioning process. Consider the following six areas to help ensure you take the smooth path to success.
Can you imagine a future where technology allows your employees to manipulate machines with their brain waves instead of manual controls or a keyboard? It might not be as far off as you think. By harnessing the brain activity of individuals and developing an understanding of how they react over time, these pioneers hope to provide businesses and industries of all kinds with a tool that will enable a new workplace paradigm defined by enhanced worker safety, performance and productivity.
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Increasing efficiency in the final mile of delivery has become an obsession in the supply chain logistics field. Among the innovative solutions that are receiving heavy investment and research, automation and robotics offer some of the most eye-catching and promising possibilities.
   
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Multiple surveys have confirmed that, as a result of COVID-19, companies worldwide are accelerating their digital supply chain investments. Perhaps most pivotal, is KPMG’s recent finding that 66% of the respondents in their CEO Outlook survey are creating a new workforce model built on automation and artificial intelligence (AI) designed to collaborate with human workers.
COVID-19 has been a catalyst for companies to not only reevaluate existing and historic technology deployments, processes, systems, best practices and benchmarks, but also to reset their overarching approach. Many are now taking a much broader view of the complete, end-to-end dynamics of the value chain, as opposed to having a singular supply chain focus.
The supply chain industry experienced some “ah-ha” moments throughout the pandemic, one of them being the lack of insight into all levels of suppliers.
Companies who already invested in Industry 4.0 prior to COVID-19 found themselves in a better position to respond to the crisis. Companies that did not adopt Industry 4.0 prior to the pandemic found themselves unable to quickly adapt, lacking support from digital technology.
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For many, the pain points for pharmaceutical companies are familiar: finding good help, meeting increasing demand for medications and filling orders quickly and accurately—if at all possible, delivering the next day. But other challenges are somewhat unique to the industry, including the ability to trace and track throughout the supply chain.