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Agile Material Handling with AGVs: Dematic, McCormick & Sedlak

April 14, 2022 By: Senior Management | Topics: Automation & Robotics, Material Handling Systems Solutions

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) have been around for decades, but only in recent years have they become a viable, effective solution for supply chains.

Over the last 10-15 years there have been significant changes in the capabilities of AGV offerings. A mobile piece of equipment can be automated today, and can be operated in a hybrid mode (automated/manned) or a fully autonomous mode. The enhanced flexibility and agility of AGVs has to do with the increased capabilities of vision systems, and AI’s ability to understand the needs of the systems.

This video is a recorded session of the Supply Chain Agility 2022 Virtual Conference, moderated by Louis Cerny, Vice President at Sedlak Supply Chain Consultants. As you can see in the video, the panelists are in front of Dematic’s AGV production center in Grand Rapids, MI. The panelists include:

  • Daniel Madigan, Senior Manager of Distribution Strategy at McCormick & Company
  • Brian Spradlin, Vice President of Mobile Automation at KION/Dematic
  • Andy Kuclo, AGV Specialist at KION/Dematic

In the video, the panelists discuss McCormick’s new Maryland Logistics Center – one of the largest capital projects that McCormick has ever executed. The topics they cover include:

  • An AGV Overview
  • The Application Solution
  • Vehicle Selection and Fleet Sizing
  • Ongoing Implementation

Click on the image below to watch the full video featuring McCormick & Company, Dematic and Sedlak Supply Chain Consultants.

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