Seegrid was featured in a recent article in Supply Chain Digest regarding two new trends with AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles). According to the article, “Two trends are coming together to open up some additional applications for use of AGVs, specifically in discrete manufacturing sectors.
There is an increased use of so-called part and component ‘supermarkets’, in which needed parts and supplies are ‘kitted' (typically into a bin or tote) for delivery to manufacturing lines or cells. There is also substantially more flexibility from some newer AGVs vendors that allow for more dynamic routing.”
While the parts "supermarket" concept has been around for decades, and really was a central part of the original Toyota Production System, experts say it has only really gained traction in the US in the last few years outside the auto sector. Many manufacturing facilities continue to store parts and components in multiple areas throughout the production site.
Some AGVs, such as those produced by Seegrid, no longer depend on tape on the floor or other sort of fixed approach to travelling around a facility. In Seegrid's case, it uses a unique optical technology in which the AGVs learn where they needs to go. That flexibility means a Seegrid robot could travel from the kitting area to different lines or cells dynamically, based on the most efficient path or what the priority is for kit delivery, based on integration with an MES or other shop floor system.
To read the entire article, go to: http://www.scdigest.com/ontarget/13-08-14-2.php?cid=7316.
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