Industrial journalist, TR Cutler sees manufacturers use autonomous forklifts during the pandemic as a return-to-work strategy. Cutler’s AutomationMedia article can be read here.
According to Cutler, fewer than 2% of forklifts sold in North America are automated, yet there has never been a greater need for this technology. Many manufacturers are looking to automate material handling processes because it reduces the potential for COVID-19 exposure by reducing human contact. Though predicted years ago, COVID-19 has made autonomous forklifts an immediate reality for small footprint manufacturing facilities.
According to Nic Temple VP of U.S. Sales at Global AGV, “Some of the key advantages of autonomous forklifts are critical during the pandemics. A single unit offers a dynamic flexibility, scalability, and reliability that may allow compliance with safety requirements avoiding contamination. Automation reduces product damage and alleviates the ergonomic impact of repetitive, physically demanding tasks in today’s highly-complex manufacturing operations.
Autonomous forklifts are seeing an increasing demand by essential manufacturers during the pandemic who demand automation for largely repetitive and routine processes. Frequently, instances where product comes off a production line in batches and moves into an attached warehouse is one of the most effective uses of automated driverless product movement; it generates heightened productivity and throughput. Food and beverage manufacturing and packaging are great examples of autonomous forklift applications.
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About TR Cutler, Inc.
Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 21-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium. Cutler is featuring African American manufacturers in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Learn more here.
During COVID-19 Cutler is advising manufacturers, industrial leaders, supply chain professionals, and C-level executives how to best navigate Q3 2020 and beyond.
Cutler has authored more than 8,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 4400 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler.
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