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<p>Dimensional data can be captured as items enter a facility, on demand directly before pack out, or in a self-learning system that accumulates per-item data.</p> By Josh Bond · October 1, 2014
End-users and solution providers prepare for dimensional pricing models to upend their packaging processes—or realize they have been preparing for it all along.
<p>Simpler interfaces and components on AGVs allow manufacturers to hand over the keys to the end-user.</p> By Josh Bond · September 1, 2014
As software interfaces and vehicle components improve, users of automatic guided vehicles are becoming less reliant on others to use and maintain their own fleets.
By Roberto Michel · August 1, 2014
With use by Walmart, BMW and other large, 24/7 facility operators, hydrogen-powered lift trucks are proven at the higher end of the market, but can they catch on elsewhere? Fuel cell providers are betting that turnkey, streamlined offerings will help.
By Sara Pearson Specter · July 1, 2014
Stretch wrappers, stretch hooding and strapping technologies are evolving to meet customer demand for quality, speed and security across the supply chain.
By Josh Bond · June 1, 2014
Incremental changes and simple maintenance can ensure the productivity and safety of operations at the dock.
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2014
Whether upstream, downstream or elbow-to-elbow, robots and humans are working together to overcome challenges in warehouses and distribution centers.
By Josh Bond · April 1, 2014
From cramped quarters to consumer demands, these case histories highlight how the right mix of storage systems can prove critical to overcoming business challenges.
By Sara Pearson Specter · March 1, 2014
Today’s tuggers and carts have evolved to the point where they can be flexibly engineered to support some, or all, of a manufacturing facility’s handling needs.
By Josh Bond · February 1, 2014
New solutions are improving productivity and retention among an increasingly diverse workforce.
By Bob Trebilcock · January 1, 2014
New storage and picking technologies are stealing the limelight, but horizontal and vertical carousels and VLMs still have a place in the tool kit.
By Josh Bond · December 1, 2013
No longer content to order from a catalog and let operators figure out the rest, more customers are working closely with suppliers to develop custom overhead handling solutions that elevate safety, productivity and equipment longevity.
By Josh Bond · November 1, 2013
With intelligent circuit boards, dexterous handling and ultra-low maintenance, new technologies illustrate how what’s underneath the product can help a company stay on top.
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2013
As customers navigate an increasingly capable array of robotic hardware and software, they are learning that results are not automatic.
By Josh Bond · September 1, 2013
With the growing complexity of e-commerce orders, packaging methodologies prove critical to the speed of fulfillment.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2013
Automatic guided vehicles provide precise and traceable product movement in Raytheon’s missile assembly facility.

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