Kozak spoke with Trilogiq's National Sales Director, Randy Blaylock regarding factors of forklift-free environments besides safety. Blaylock shared, “Complexity and efficiency are two key factors driving the current urgency for forklift-free environments. Virtually all manufactured products are becoming more complex as consumers demand more specialized features, color choices, and power options. This requires more part density in the line side assembly area, which in turn requires more forklift traffic to move the parts to the line with higher frequency.”
Automated guided vehicles provide benefits that make sense for companies suited for a forklift-free environment in terms of both reducing employee injuries and deaths, to reducing production costs through lean manufacturing. Given these additional cost burdens, safety considerations, and lean manufacturing initiatives, there is pressure to seeking alternatives to forklifts, especially where automated tugger solutions can accomplish the same job (material flow and movement) as they prove to be safer, more productive, and efficient than traditional forklifts.
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