Automated Guided Vehicles
AGV’s or Automated Guided Vehicles are being used in operations all over the world to improve safety, reduce operating costs and improve operational efficiencies.
They operate on a fixed path and can be used in a variety of applications:
- Transport Small Loads (examples could be parts delivery in manufacturing, laundry or food service delivery in hospitals, mail or files in offices)
- Transport Unit Loads (examples could be pallets, large containers, or roll handling) – can be equipped with conveyor surface or fork truck style automated guided vehicles)
- Tuggers (examples could be drive units to pull carts or trailers forming a train like system)
- Custom Applications (examples could be flexible manufacturing or assembly line transport / indexing)
Automated guided vehicles can be equipped for a variety of loads and applications. There are various navigation and guidance systems (wire-guided, recessed magnetic bars, magnetic tape, visual recognition or laser guided) each with its own advantages and disadvantages. As with other material handling applications, one size does not fit all. Since each application requires many factors to be taken into consideration, Hy-Tek can help determine if automated guided vehicles are the right solution for your business.
Autonomous Mobile Robots
Businesses are changing and more are becoming multi-channel with various services offered like same-day-delivery or store pick-up. Companies are looking to improve efficiency and reduce the order-to-delivery time. Traditional rigid warehouse automation has limitations and flexible automation is the choice to gain a competitive advantage.
Autonomous mobile robots can provide solutions that are flexible and scalable, improve safety in your operation, and are able to adapt to your business as you adapt to your markets.
Operations where Automation is used:
- Redundant Path Travel
- Point to Point Transportation
AMR’s (Autonomous Mobile Robots) can be deployed to relieve the burden of material movement so your workforce can focus on higher value activities. Increase your site’s productivity without increasing your footprint or your workforce.
- Overcome Labor Shortages
- Recover Wasted Floor Space
- Increase throughput and picking efficiencies
- Interface with your existing WMS / Order Fulfillment software or work independently
- Standardize Across All Facilities
- Get Real-Time Insights Anywhere
Unlike AGV’s, AMR’s have the ability to autonomously renavigate around obstacles. Hy-Tek is the industry leader that can help you navigate the automation waters. If you’re looking for a safe, flexible and efficient solution to start providing immediate results, we’re ready to help! Whether it is staffing issues, increased shipping volume or flexibility challenges in your warehouse we can work with you to find the right robotic solution.
HY-TEK'S AMR AUTOMATION PARTNERS
The GreyOrange Butler is an advanced autonomous mobile robot that uses robotic goods-to-person technology for automated put-away, inventory storage, replenishment and order picking in fulfillment and distribution centers.
This goods-to-man automation system with robots in warehouse, adapts seamlessly to changing inventory profiles, demand patterns and peaks. Modular system architecture ensures bi-directional scalability to increase storage volume or fulfillment throughput independently, by adding more storage racks or robots, as needed.
The Butler system consists of Butler Robots (Autonomous mobile robots), Pick / Put stations, Mobile Storage Units (MSU), Auto-Charging stations, and GreyMatter, an end-to-end intelligent order fulfillment software platform that controls and manages various devices to drive autonomous collaboration.
On-Demand Automation is the signature of Fetch Robotics. The Fetch Cloud Robotics Platform provides the only Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) solution that deploys in hours vs. days or weeks and addresses multiple applications – including material handling and data collection – with a common, unified, cloud-based platform. They offer turnkey and extensible systems that safely find, track, and move anything from parts to pallets in warehouses, factories, and distribution centers. Fetch solutions have the unique ability to be implemented with or without warehouse management system (WMS) software integration. This allows for a shorter implementation time, which means getting you a faster ROI.
Whether you are looking for a small robot to handle totes or a large robot which can handle full pallets, Fetch Robotics offers a solution for you. With the extensive product line available and even more products on the horizon, solutions specifically tailored to your facility needs can be offered.
The OTTO Inventory Movement Platform comes with everything you need to redefine how inventory is transported inside your facility. OTTO’s self-driving vehicles were designed from scratch to move inventory. They use sensors and advanced software to detect obstacles, like workers or forklifts, then drives around them. The vehicles utilize state-of-the art lithium battery packs to deliver industry-leading performance and an opportunity charge methodology ensuring maximum utilization.
Complete with a family of standard attachments that allow OTTO to quickly interface with conveyors, racks, carts, etc. to facilitate picking up and dropping off inventory. An optional tablet interface that allows workers to easily request deliveries and a workstation editor gives you complete control to set up the workflows you need. The Fleet Manager is a centralized control system to manage and optimize the day-to-day operation of your fleet and provide you with real-time monitoring, remote back-ups, and cloud access.
The OTTO Fleet Manager is simple to install into your existing environment so you can focus on material handling, not IT.
Vertical Lift Modules
If vertical storage is on your radar, chances are your warehouse, manufacturing or distribution facility has forced you to reevaluate your space and handling systems.
Vertical storage systems are one of the easiest methods for reclaiming unused square footage and elevate the handling processes of your product. While every company situation and investment budget is unique, there are practical vertical storage systems that are affordable at varying price levels. The experts at Hy-Tek are here to help navigate you through the benefits of vertical storage systems.
INCREASE EXISTING SPACE
Creating vertical storage in a small footprint is generally the first and budget friendly move over finding and investing in a larger space. Static shelving is the solution option in this instance as it is lower cost, easy to source, ergonomic, and safe.
QUICKER ACCESS TO INVENTORY
When evaluating the potential for vertical storage systems in your facility, beyond static shelving, consider the benefits of entry-level automation. This is especially true in applications when the levels of small piece inventory are at least the 300 to 400 range and the emphasis is on quick access to all pieces.
SECURITY OF ASSETS
When securing high value inventory is at stake, vertical storage systems become an ever more appealing investment. By limiting employee access (badges / I.D’s) to certain high value items, this type of system allows for an overall improvement in accuracy and accountability.
INSURE ACCURACY, SAFETY, AND EFFICIENCY
In specialty environments where heavy or particularly awkward picking are the priority, vertical storage systems are not only a clever but essential solution. This is equally valid in other environments where extremely clean or hazardous picking is a significant concern.
The bottom line is that unless your company has really low inventory or unlimited space, vertical storage systems are a worthwhile investment for almost every environment. More importantly, it can combine multiple storage and handling improvements in one seamless solution.
QUICK FACTS ON VERTICAL STORAGE SYSTEMS
- In manufacturing, return on investment (ROI) averages 5 years, but 1 to 1 ½ years ROI in distribution.
- In space and reduction of overhead (i.e. 15 people to 3 people), ROI averages 2 to 2 ½ years.
- Vertical storage has been around for 20 years, but new advantages in the software capabilities (pick to light, laser pointers, etc.) is a real reason to take another look.
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