Modern Materials Handling Magazine Archives

November 2021 Modern Materials Handling

In this Issue:

  • System Report: A top-notch application of robots
  • Reader Survey: Annual salary survey
  • Special Report: Top 20 automatic identification and data capture suppliers
  • Information Management: Robotics' second wave
  • Equipment Report: Update on conventional AGVs
Top Notch Distributors employed autonomous mobile robots to create safer and more efficient distribution centers.
Top Notch Distributors has charged up its distribution activities with autonomous mobile robots.
This month in Modern, two features take the temperature of where we are in the application of robotics in warehouse/DC operations. Executive editor Bob Trebilcock takes us inside Top Notch Distributors, a leading supplier of architectural door hardware
Our annual salary survey for materials handling professionals asks about issues including pay, staffing trends, stress levels and job satisfaction. Even with pandemic disruption and robust e-commerce growth posing constant challenges, compensation and satisfaction stayed strong.
With supply chains in disarray and the labor shortage persisting, companies across the board are turning to automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) solutions to help them work smarter, better and faster.
As robotics become more widely deployed and some operations begin to use fleets from multiple vendors, more of the talk is about software-related issues like integration and less on the workings of the robot hardware itself.
Automatic guided vehicles have become a bit of a mystery to some of late. Newer technologies and explanations of them have often confused potential buyers. Here’s a rundown on conventional AGVs, where they are important and what's coming next.
Capex budgets and headcount are both up amid signs of expansion. But underneath those positives are strains, led by concerns about labor and inventory turns. Applying more technology, say respondents, is the path forward.
How a national distributor of pet foods and supplies leveraged a voice-directed solution to improve warehouse order fulfillment and keep its workforce engaged and productive.
From design to creation to shipping, this packaging system protects cannabis across the supply chain.
Fast opportunity charging and no battery swaps lead the reasons why lithium-ion batteries are considered well suited for multi-shift cold storage operations.
Randy Neilson is the chair of the Scan, Label, Apply, Manifest (SLAM) industry group at MHI. He is also president of Cubiscan. Stephen Pickfield is the vice chair of SLAM, and the co-CEO and director of sales and marketing for PSI Engineering.
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Latest in Materials Handling

Services economy activity grows again in May, reports ISM
The Services PMI—at 50.3 (a reading of 50 or higher signals growth)—fell 1.6% off of May’s 51.9 reading, growing, at a slower rate, for the fifth consecutive month. ISM said that the services sector has seen growth in 35 of the last 36 months, with December 2022 being the one month with a decline. 

Autonomous mobile robot provider MiR marks its 10th anniversary
Founded in Denmark in 2013 and now part of Teradyne, MiR currently employs more than 420 people globally

Hy-Tek Intralogistics and Hai Robotics announce partnership
Hai Robotics' flexible ASRS technologies, including their HaiFlex and HaiPick A3 solutions, to be leveraged under formalized partnership with Hy-Tek Intralogistics.

KPI Solutions expands with a new Atlanta office
Supply chain consulting, software, systems integration, and automation supplier says new location extends its resources for Eastern U.S. clients and technology partners

Manufacturing declines for the seventh straight month in May, says ISM
The report’s key metric, the PMI, registered a 46.9 reading (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), falling 0.2% off of April’s 47.1 reading.

National Forklift Safety Day coming up on June 13
Organized by the Industrial Truck Association, National Forklift Safety Day focuses on the importance of lift truck operator safety training, with a live event in Washington, DC, and virtual/streamed component as well.

Made4net acquired by Ingka Group, with global software rollout with IKEA coming
Acquisition by investment arm of company which operates over 480 IKEA stores is expected to accelerate investment in Made4net’s supply chain software platform, and expand Made4net's global customer footprint.

Automate 2023 analysis: Simplicity and speed will further robotics uptake
Automate show analysis of warehouse robotics trends. Robotic systems are cool, now vendors tap partnerships, integration, and easy-to-use software to make solutions simpler to deploy

CLARK Material Handling Co. names J. Michael Binnie as COO/CAO for North America operations
Binnie will oversee daily operations at CLARK, working closely with the CLARK dealer network, facilitating the continued innovation of the company, as well as working closely with the CLARK management team to build on the success of the company.

Savant WMS and Locus Robotics partner on integration
Under the partnership, Savant mid-market focused cloud WMS gains integration with Locus Robotics' autonomous mobile robots and fulfillment platform.

Equipment leasing survey: April new business volume down 8% year-over-year
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s monthly survey also sees decline in new business volume versus March

enVista joins Manhattan Associates’ partner program as Gold Partner
Manhattan Associates recognizes enVista as a trusted partner and third-party integrator of its software solutions suite

OTTO Motors unveils North American certified dealer network
Autonomous mobile robot (AMR) provider partners with leading material handling equipment organizations, with the program introducing over 215 regional offices and 2,000 technicians to the rapidly-growing AMR industry.

Rockwell Automation partners with autonox Robotics
Unified robot control solutions address need for flexible solutions for manufacturing efficiencies.

IFR: Robot installs in North American manufacturing up 12% in 2022
Strong demand from carmakers, International Federation of Robotics reports as highlight of preliminary results

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