Material handling automation brings facilities into the future, and this future of manufacturing includes quality increases while costs and time usage both decrease. Though automating material handling requires a significant investment of personnel and money, increased profits through better efficiency make the process worthwhile.
The means to fully automate material handling lie in the careful integration of technology. Both the Internet of Things (IoT) and automated vehicles can reduce human efforts, improve efficiency, and reduce errors. Facilities that fail to incorporate these could find themselves falling behind soon. For example, Peerless Research Group’s survey found that 42 percent of respondents plan to invest in material handling in 2018 — that money would be well spent on automation. (more…)