Gert Jensen, VP of Sales in U.S. and Canada for Global AGV discussed why many small manufacturers are replacing manned forklifts with an autonomous forklifts. Manufacturing journalist, TR Cutler recently interviewed Jensen for The Evolving Enterprise magazine. Read the full article here.
According to Cutler, AI (artificial intelligence) and Deep Learning will be on the factory floors worldwide by 2030, but for many small and midsized manufacturers working to cope with COVID consequences, replacing a manned forklift with an autonomous forklift allows for a “baby step” into the future state while adhering to the imminent demands of social distancing. Getting decision-makers in SMEs (Small and Mid-size Enterprises) to start with a single autonomous forklift is the first step in the process; the operations and facility managers understand that a single autonomous forklift is actually a good thing to improve quality, eliminate waste, and reduce costs. Many SME manufacturers are replacing one single manned forklift with one autonomous forklift.
Jensen shared, “With nearly half of manufacturers testing single autonomous forklifts during COVID to adhere to strict social distancing, the benefits become obvious.”
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About Global AGV:
A single Global AGV unit offers dynamic flexibility, scalability, and reliability that allows 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.
Forklifts will be replaced every 5 – 7 years. A manufacturer currently operating just a few units will exchange the next forklift purchase in 2020 with an autonomous forklift to discover the true value that automation can bring to the operation. Autonomous forklifts provide automation which reduces movement costs per pallet and per case.
Global AGV driverless autonomous forklifts offer a straightforward interface solution: a simple point to point horizontal movement of pallets, offering the opportunity of buying only 1 or 2 units at a time. The breakthrough is selling an automated forklift as a product rather than a project. If the manufacturer wants a turnkey solution, a local network of system integrators is available. Global AGV customers order a standard product which can be delivered in weeks. Local partner integrators help to ensure a low-cost quick installation in just days rather than months.
Company Name: Global AGV
Contact Person: Gert Jensen
Country: United States