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18 Feb 2019
Samuel Alexandersson

Successful CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is about action. An often overlooked action to improve CSR is industrial automation with AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles). Well-known for their quick efficiency gains in industries and warehouses, AGVs such as mobile robots and tuggers also contribute to improving your environmental and social performance.

AGVs contribute to improving CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)Improved quality and safety

Drive with care and adapt the speed to the situation. It sounds like advice to car drivers but describes the core of AGVs – controlled driving. Every movement is smooth, and safety sensors react in milliseconds (vehicle based on Kollmorgen automation kit) should an obstacle appear. You reduce the risk of damaging goods, pallets and racks, leading to less waste and remakes with a direct impact on sustainability. Just as important for your CSR, work becomes a safer place for your staff.

Prolonged vehicle lifecycle

Manually operated vehicles, such as lift trucks, often live a tough life. Many different drivers, different driver styles and random driving patterns are some of the reasons. Automated lift trucks, and automated guided vehicles in general, are designed for consistent driving at reasonable speeds with the possibility of continuous improvements. Your vehicles need less service and live longer – thereby improving your CSR.

Lower energy consumption

AGVs can run with lights-out during material handling in warehouses. Decreased energy consumption is another CSR advantage that AGVs bring to your business. What is more, as AGVs can function in almost any kind of industrial environment, you can reduce health risks for your staff. People don’t need to work in dirty and dangerous environments further contributing to better social performance.

Time for CSR with AGVs?

A good start is to learn more by reading our previous articles on automated guided vehicles and subscribing to our newsletter. You are always welcome to contact any of our partners or us at Kollmorgen.

About the Author

Samuel Alexandersson

What I enjoy most about my work is the constant challenge to be aware of the changing needs of the marketplace. Business is booming and my role of finding opportunities and then addressing them with insights is highly rewarding. As Product Marketing Manager my main work is to analyze and join the dots to successfully segment and position a strong portfolio of products for the future market. A strong source of motivation in this global environment is all the great people you meet. Not only colleagues, but stakeholders from all over the world. Studied: Industrial Management and Engineering, The Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. Samuel can be reached at [email protected]

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