November No Risk Automation Shared Ergonomics of AGVs
The November issue of No Risk Automation, a monthly e-news publication, discussed the increased focus on ergonomic considerations for automation. Until recently ergonomics has not been a word associated with automated guided vehicles (AGVs). AGVs have been considered stand-alone pieces of equipment that moved pallets, large bins, and totes. This perception and usage is changing, as there are now a few select companies that are taking AGV technology and applying it to applications that directly interface with humans. From moving parts to people for picking or manufacturing to mobile build assemblies, AGVs are now more than ever working with people instead of replacing them.
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About John Hayes and NoRiskAutomation
John Hayes is a solutions-finder for the material handling industry. For more than twenty years he has been evaluating, designing, developing, and implementing innovative software and hardware solutions for businesses in high-volume retail, wholesale (B2B), and direct-to-consumer (B2C) distribution systems. Hayes is a 2014 Supply & Demand Chain “Pros to Know” recipient with vast and specific expertise in automated guided vehicles (AGVs). This reputation has resulted in hundreds of systems for highly productive and cost-effective fulfillment centers and manufacturing plant designs. Hayes uses a vendor agnostic approach at NoRiskAutomation (www.NoRiskAutomation.com) eliminating bias while avoiding the land mines and understanding the challenges. NoRiskAutomation utilizes a unique 4-Step process which ensures that sound and smart technologies are utilized by clients worldwide. Having worked for some of the leading AGV manufacturers, Hayes brings a wisdom and insight to customers, who are often unaware of the pressured sales strategies and hidden costs used by AGV vendors. NoRiskAutomation is an organization founded by Hayes to inform and protect automation decision-makers with the motto: Get it right the first time. Follow Hayes on Twitter @NoRiskAutomate.
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