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AGVs in the News Materials handling in automotive hits an inflection point Other Voices: Two mega-trends driving forklift safety and productivity Vecna showcases artificial intelligence-based Pivot.al for workflow orchestration Humatics announces partnership with Vecna Robotics Locus Robotics launches new hardware and software suite with omnichannel support More AGVs News The Time is Now to Update Your Mobile Operating System The Honeywell whitepaper, Mobile Operating System Transition, outlines insights and considerations when planning your transition to a modern operating system. All Resources Just coming off the Fourth of July weekend in 2011, Kiplinger.com published an article titled “10 features your car will have by 2020.” Well, we’re almost there, and you might wonder how accurate the article was. Only one of the 10 features mentioned have eluded auto companies as of 2019—vehicle-to-vehicle communications. But we all know that is coming, especially with autonomous vehicles. As to the other projections, Kiplinger nailed it, identifying major developments from “warnings galore” to “eyes all around” and “advanced engines.” Which brings up a parallel question: How is materials handling likely to change on assembly lines and at Tier 1 suppliers in the coming years? After speaking with several leading suppliers, changes in the technology used to build cars is on a slower track than the changes in technology offered in cars. “Change is not going to happen overnight,” explains Mike Romano, president and CEO of Toyota Advanced Logistics North America. Romano is not alone in that assessment. Several industry experts agreed in their own ways. “Automotive is a mature supply chain that needs some overhauls,” says Scott Krebs , marketing manager at Orbis Corp. “There needs to be a mindset change about materials handling systems feeding the line,” says Bob Hoffman , senior director of systems design at Swisslog. Automakers are becoming more comfortable […]
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