The September 15th issue of No Risk Automation, a monthly e-news publication, discussed the Lean process needed to purchase and implement Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for manufacturing and distribution centers (DCs). Often AGV companies will propose a solution, obtain a purchase order, and then write a formal proposal. It is not appropriate. The formal proposal is needed so the customer can evaluate if the solution truly meets their requirements, metrics, and needs. Too often AGV vendors do not fully disclose the costs for the full project and implementation.
Since the late 1990s, with the rapid advance in electronic technology making it more affordable and available, radio control flying has become a popular hobby. Unfortunately, many hobbyists experience the expense of having their craft plunge to the ground uncontrollably after experiencing problems in the flight control unit with frozen autopilot, lost GPS or magnetometer. Sometimes this can result in property damage not only to the operator's craft, but also where the craft crashed or even bodily harm if it caused injury to bystanders or others enjoying their day. An Austrian company, GizmoTech GmbH, has created an Auto-Pilot manager and launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise capital bring the circuit control board to the commercial-users, professionals and hobbyist, faster through mass production.
Students from CSE, ISE and MCA departments of MVJCE ecstatically gathered in M.V. Jayaraman auditorium by 11.00 AM.
Creating parts involved with complex geometries, Prototype Casting offers the most influential engineering support by using the Laser metal sintering process. The company is renowned for providing state-of-the-art services by using the latest technologies in parts production processes. While comparing the above process with traditional manufacturing techniques, DMLS is a much faster way and is an advanced, precise metal fabrication method.
The August 25th issue of No Risk Automation, a weekly e-news publication, explored variables or criteria that must be considered when thinking about automation. Load type is one such variable, particularly with AGV (automated guided vehicle) selection. This might include pallets, rolls, cases, containers, bales, or something else. This should be one of the first considerations asked in the selection process. Another consideration is load weight, which is usually defined in categories.
The fourth issue of “No Risk Automation” (a weekly e-newsletter) will be issued on August 25th and address how AGVs have been found to reduce the damage to inventory, make production scheduling more flexible, and reduce staffing needs. AGVs are a major capital decision and implementation requires a level of fiscal caution combined with industry knowledge and experience.
The August 18th issue of No Risk Automation, a weekly e-news publication, referenced research from Modeling and Simulation in Engineering. The article examined the pick up-dispatching and delivery-dispatching of a multiple-load AGV system. The research concluded that by mixing different pick up-dispatching rules, several control strategies have been generated and the best control strategy determined.
The August 18th issue of No Risk Automation, a weekly e-news publication, suggested automated guided vehicle (AGV) selection, a key concern in manufacturing environments, is a complex, difficult task. It is crucial to justify the selected equipment before actual implementation. The newsletter referenced a logical procedure to select automated guided vehicles in manufacturing environments. The procedure is based on the preference selection index (PSI) method. An automated guided vehicle selection index is proposed to evaluate and rank automated guided vehicles.
Precision engineering is responsible for all of the small but essential parts that make grand designs possible. From sky scrapers to engine blocks, precision engineering is responsible for driving the future as much as it’s instrumental in optimizing efficiency to ensure that future is green and bright. McMullen Precision Engineering is a company based in Northern Ireland that provide a wide range of precision engineering services and has now increased their capability to produce precision CNC milling and turning based components.
The third issue of “No Risk Automation” (a weekly e-newsletter) addresses how automated guided vehicle (AGV) selection is a key concern in manufacturing environments. It is crucial to justify the selected equipment before actual implementation. The issue will describe best-practice and logical procedures for selecting automated guided vehicles in manufacturing environments. The procedure is based on the preference selection index (PSI) method.
The 1905 phenomenon led ASME to create codes that pressure vessels and boilers must meet to ensure safety.
The August 11th issue of No Risk Automation, a weekly e-news publication, suggested that asking the right questions from the beginning of a selection process, results in appropriate automation solutions. This knowledge and experience-based approach cannot be duplicated or Google searched. It requires having walked in the shoes of the Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) vendors and the AGV automation purchaser. Too often automation solutions advocated by vendors are designed to make a square peg fit into a round hole. It is not appropriate, ethical, and often very costly.
Al Ameen Engineering has been manufacturing RafRampTM forklift ramps for the past four years for leading transportation, military and logistics companies. The company strives to deliver top quality ramps in the region. “To improve the standards and increase the safety we have decided to recently get CE certification of RafRampTM forklift ramps which has led the company to become the only manufacturer in the Middle East with CE certified ramps” said Mohd Shahnawaz, M.D of Al Ameen Engineering.
The premiere issue of No Risk Automation, a weekly e-news publication, argued that automation specification development must maximize business performance. Informed business decisions about automation must operate with a safety first perspective, remain in regulatory compliance, and extract the maximum profit from manufacturing assets. Strategic automation starts with a clear evaluation of what is working and what is broken in the current state of the operation. Performance improvement opportunities related to better process control and management of operational information occurs through insight; working closely with staff to conduct a feasibility study that documents and articulates the solution, estimated cost, expected benefit, and anticipated schedule is beneficial.
Yamabe & Horn Engineering, Inc. today announced the opening of its new office in Soledad, in the Central Coast region of California. This office allows both municipal and private development clients from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz to easily access our Central Coast engineering services.
The premiere of No Risk Automation, a weekly e-news publication, reported that representing an automated guided vehicle (AGV) vendor is often a conflict of interest. The end-user customer's interests may not align with the AGV vendor's interests. The only way to avoid these conflicts is a vendor agnostic approach to automation. As a sales manager for several AGV companies there was an intention: sell AGVs.
Given that manufacturers, distributors, and warehouses, cannot not be instantly automated, the question of where to start and how to properly orchestrate efforts over time becomes a challenge reports John Hayes, founder of No Risk Automation.
Anti-patterns have been applied to software design, coding, configuration management, and just about any activity within materials handling projects. Exposing automation decision-makers what not to do is useful in setting the stage for some of the recommendations reported John Hayes, founder of NoRiskAutomation.
Automation can provide a tremendous boost to eliminating technical challenges yet too often the time constraints of automation selection create poor decision-making processes, according to NoRiskAutomation founder John Hayes.
Project managers tasked with automation usually start with research and make the business case to upper management regarding automation. Sadly that research is stacked in favor of the vendor who initiated an aggressive PR campaign, not on the actual needs of the company, whether a warehouse, distribution center, or manufacturing operation.
Earlier in 2014, Supply & Demand Chain Executive reported that John Hayes launched No Risk Automation, an unbiased, vendor agnostic firm to assist those making automation decisions. Having worked for some of the leading AGV manufacturers, John 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 (www.NoRiskAutomation.com) is an organization founded by Hayes to inform and protect automation decision-makers with the motto: Get it right the first time.
Avoiding AGV Vendor Traps Drives Materials Handling Pro to Start New Publication
Having worked for some of the leading AGV manufacturers, John 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 (http://www.NoRiskAutomation.com) is an organization founded by Hayes to inform and protect automation decision-makers with the motto: Get it right the first time.
Making purchasing decisions about automation is fraught with vendor propaganda. John Hayes, founder of No Risk Automation, started his consulting firm to provide decision makers in material handling automation some of the ways to avoid land mines and bias. Starting August 4th 2014 an unbiased, vendor agnostic publication will be launched to assist those making automation decisions.
John Hayes, founder of No Risk Automation announced that starting next month, an unbiased, vendor agnostic publication will be launched to assist those making automation decisions.
Earlier in 2014, Supply & Demand Chain Executive John Hayes launched No Risk Automation, an unbiased, vendor agnostic firm to assist those making automation decisions.
Hayes suggested, “Until automation selection is made, based on knowledge and information, vendors will make suggestions about solutions that may or may not be in the warehouse, distribution, or manufacturers’ best interest. This newsletter is to keep an open conversation about trends, best-practices, and technology pros and cons for those that are in the active planning and automation purchasing stage.