Sorting Out Automated Sorters

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Material Handling

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Innovations in Automated Guided Vehicles

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Warehouse Logistics

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According to EIN News, the worldwide market for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) is experiencing phenomenal growth (10.9% compound annual growth rate from 2014 to 2022) and is expected to top the 7 billion mark in that timeframe. The report cites labor shortages increasing labor costs globally – but innovations also are spurring the rise of the machines.

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The Value of Warehouse Simulation

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Warehouse Management

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We all are familiar with simulation software – we know of its extensive implementation in many industries, from automotive to aeronautics. But sometimes when we are thinking about a warehouse or distribution center, we don’t always appreciate the value of warehouse simulation. But the truth is that simulation software can prove invaluable in projecting and evaluating the results and impact of...

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7 Key Benefits of an Integrated Material Handling System

Think about all the moving parts when it comes to a supply chain project. Of course, engineering is a fundamental part, but you also dealing with the procurement of equipment (integrated used material handling equipment, hardware, software, etc.), installation, testing, support and, through it all, documentation. In this post, we’re talking about the components and benefits of an integrated...

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Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRCs) Vs. Elevators

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Material Handling

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When you need to move inventory from one floor or mezzanine level to another – and you don’t have a freight elevator in the area – then you’ll need something to do the job quickly and efficiently. For warehouses, distribution centers, plants and factories, the solution is a vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC).

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When Your Needs Change, So Can Your Mezzanine

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Material Handling

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You might be wondering about how the installation of a mezzanine will fit into your future plans – whether they include expanding, moving or some other form of growth. The good news is that no matter what your plans are, your mezzanine can grow with your company. Not only can you design a mezzanine to meet your exact current space requirements, but the mezzanine can be modified at any point in...

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6 Benefits of Mini-Load and Unit-Load AS/RS

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Automated Storage & Retrieval

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Mini-load and unit-load AS/RS units are a specific type of automated used warehouse material handling equipment that are designed to move cases, trays, totes, cartons and other small containers that carry inventory or parts that usually weigh somewhere within a span of 100 to 1,000 pounds and up. Mini-load systems tend to be smaller systems (for the trays, totes and cartons) and therefore are...

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The Practicality of Vertical and Horizontal Carousels

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Vertical Storage Systems

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If you’ve never used them in your facility, you might wonder about the practicality of vertical and horizontal carousels. But the truth is, these spinning storage devices have many real-world benefits over traditional racking and shelving storage scenarios.

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4 Big Reasons for Automating Storage

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Automated Storage & Retrieval

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Are you running out of storage space? Is your business doing so well that you’ve begun to outgrow your current facility? If success is affecting your efficiency, then automating your storage may be just the answer you need. An automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) has many benefits, and here are the top four:

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6 Ways a Mezzanine Can Benefit Your Warehouse or Distribution Center

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Material Handling

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Many companies, because of misperceptions regarding mezzanines, overlook the value and benefits they can provide to just about any organization with a warehouse, distribution center or even a factory floor. The truth is, you easily can install a mezzanine into an existing or a new facility to add valuable additional space for manufacturing, material processing, or simply storage. The leaders...

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