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August 30, 2010 06:00 ET

Warehouse Voice Picking Drives New Warehouse Efficiencies Using AGV Material Movement Robots, WVSN Reports

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - August 30, 2010) -  Warehousing logistic efficiencies have greatly improved utilizing Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for streamlining warehouse picking systems. Warehouse 'Voice Picking,' as it is known, is improving warehouse productivity as much as 20 to 40%. This new "warehouse wizardry" is made possible with the use of voice-guided AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) manufactured by America in Motion at their state of the art facility in Charlotte, N.C.

In a recent interview on WVSN Industry Visions, Tommy Hessler, President and CEO, stated, "Now warehouse efficiencies can be greatly improved with faster picking time, fewer mistakes, and greatly reduced injuries. With our new voice-activated AGVs, warehousemen no longer have to climb on and off fork trucks moving through a facility to fill a pallet. Warehouse voice picking allows the operator to voice command our AGV, while the AGV simply follows like a good servant.

Forks can be set at a comfortable height for loading the pallet, and the operator is able to walk to the next stop, without having to remount the fork truck. It's that on-and-off business that causes not only confusion but injuries as well. "Just the time climbing up and down is a tremendous cost in a warehouse picking day," continued Hessler. "This new warehouse wisdom begins with fork truck retrofits into AGVs for warehouse voice picking. This new value has a rapid ROI (as quickly as three years) and is providing warehouse managers a new level of Warehouse science."

"Fork trucks that are equipped with America in Motion intelligence include voice command plus a plethora of safety features for warehouse operation, including automatic battery charging features. Charging happens between shifts, which eliminates heavy battery change outs and caustic battery gases. Warehousing managers are discovering other time-saving conversions by eliminating non-value tasks. Now stopping to retrieve empty pallets from storage areas is eliminated; driving pallet movers in pick aisles and moving completed pallets to shrink wrap areas for shipping all can be done with these robotic load movers."

"Warehousing managers are also delighted with the fact that fork truck AGV conversions can change seamlessly from automated robots to manual usage. Warehouse 'Voice Picking' is propelling profits and production for warehouse operations to new levels with custom-built AGV technology from America in Motion."

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