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Automation is not only about efficiency. It is also about safety. Moving things in a controlled way in manufacturing plants and warehouses contributes significantly to fewer injuries and less damage to goods, pallets and racks. Zero accidents is a vision within reach.  

The trend is clear: more and more companies, large and small, are turning to solutions involving Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). The development of new vehicle types and technology break-throughs in fields like AI leads to more intelligence in AGV solutions, and is expanding the scope of what an AGV can do. The rapidly growing e-commerce sector and the paradigm shift in the automotive industry are other important driving factors.

Search the web for frameless or kit motors and you will find many offerings to choose from.  When looking at the motor specifications, there are many important parameters to consider such as rated speed, rated current, peak current, etc.  What do all these things mean and why is it important to understand how the values are being presented?

Most warehouse managers rely on manual movements of goods and parcels with lift trucks. Turning manual lift trucks into automated lift trucks frees up resources and improves safety.

The human vs. robot topic in workplaces has been in the spotlight for quite a while. Look at the comments under the YouTube video where Google introduced its AI (Artificial Intelligence) assistant that could call restaurants and salons to make appointments - there is widespread concern from the audience over the risk of human workers being replaced by AI-equipped machines. But on the other hand, even Elon Musk admitted in a Tweet that “humans are underrated” at Tesla, where “excessive automation was a mistake”. Inspired by such arguments, I keep pondering over one question: what is the role of robotization, or automation in a broader sense, in today’s employment?

The electronics engineer A. M. Barrett Jr. invented the first automated guided vehicle in the 1950s. Today, automated guided vehicles bring value to the most shifting applications.

Usually, in discussion about these terms, we tie in the word actuator – so more precisely, what is the difference between a linear actuator vs a rotary actuator?

Linear actuators, in essence, move something along a straight line, usually back and forth.  Rotary actuators, on the other hand will turn something a number of degrees in a circle – it might be a limited number or an infinite number.

So, linear actuator – back and forth, Rotary actuator - round and round

Rapid development in the industry makes this a hard question to answer. Join us for a ride in a world full of acronyms and expressions.

Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are designed to move materials in factories and goods in warehouses. They are more friendly than manually operated vehicles and more flexible than fixed automation solutions such as conveyor belts.

Who you are defines how you think of robotics and automation.  Software experts and IT may think of internet bots.  They might also think about the new, emerging field of Robotics Process Automation (RPA), which is software that can do mundane and administrative computer tasks.  RPA reduces repetitive tasks such as checking, verifying and transferring data.  Manufacturing facilities will think about physical robots or cobots that are also deployed to handle repetitive tasks such as loading and unloading a CNC machine or installing a computer cover.  They can also be used to automate dangerous tasks such as lifting, welding or removing paint.

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