Automated Transport


While driver-operated lift trucks seem set to remain the preferred option for the foreseeable future, there is increased interest in using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in warehousing because the technology is becoming more affordable and more flexible.
“Driverless transport systems have until now primarily been used for highly repetitive tasks, such as the transportation of small parts,” says Tracy Brooks, industry solutions group manager at the Hyster-Yale Group. “We anticipate that narrow aisle trucks (VNA), reach trucks and low level order pickers will increasingly be used in automated transport and in the putting away and extraction of palletised goods.
“This may involve full, or partial, automation of the truck using induction loops, camera systems, lasers, GPS or a combination of several systems.”
The Hyster-Yale Group manufactures Hyster materials handling equipment, locally available from BHBW (previously Barloworld Handling).
There is a trend towards affordable automation where a truck can perform the mundane tasks, yet has the ability for operators to manually use the machine to perform additional tasks which might not be appropriate to try and automate.
Just-in-time manufacturing operations, such as those within the automotive sector, are already benefitting from solutions such as the flexible, modular Tugger Train system from Hyster, pulled by the robust LO5.0T or LO7.0T tow tractor.
Using a Hyster machine also has the benefit of high levels of support by a Hyster dealer such as BHBW.
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