News Edition #974 - 14 May 2020

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The current COVID-19 pandemic may just be the nudge needed to get AGVs into the mainstream.
We read about the increasing uptake of autonomous vehicles in last week's special report, and today, we have another case study showing the benefits of this technology.
While one of the initial drivers of AGV growth was shortages of skilled labour, the new push is towards 'contactless' materials handling, which is stimulating new demand. And even if the current situation is only temporary, there's no doubt that many work practices will be changed forever - and organisations will aim to limit physical contact in the workplace.
Automation and AGVs are here to stay.


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Coles flags new fulfilment centres  Hawthorn East, VIC, Australia

Coles Group has secured sites in Sydney and Melbourne for two high-tech Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs) for its Coles Online operations. Coles in March 2019 announced an exclusive services...

SafeWork probes forklift death  Sydney, NSW, Australia

SafeWork NSW inspectors are investigating the death of a worker trapped under a forklift in Chipping Norton, 27 km south-west of Sydney. The victim was treated by paramedics for...

Arnott’s implements Dematic AGVs  Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Australia's largest biscuit brand, Arnott's, has introduced Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) from Dematic to increase manufacturing productivity and reliability. Arnott's recently successfully completed the roll-out of six Dematic AGVs...
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Jungheinrich holds steady  Hamburg, Germany

Jungheinrich says it has performed well in a difficult market and has achieved a decent quarterly result in the first quarter of 2020. In the first three months of...

National Equipment Dealers adds Manitou  West Bend, WI, United States

Manitou North America has welcomed National Equipment Dealers (NED) to its dealer network. National Equipment Dealers will offer the full Manitou line of skid loaders, track loaders, articulated loaders...

Cargotec adjusts Chinese JV  Beijing, China

Cargotec and Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries (RHI) plan to change the ownership structure of their joint venture, Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co., Ltd (RCI) in China. The joint venture was established...
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Toyota expands Class III range  Columbus, IN, United States

Toyota Material Handling has announced more than 190 options that will become available in 2020 across most of its Class III models. The first 150 were released in March...

Thorough Examinations still needed  Berkshire, United Kingdom

CFTS, the body behind the UK standard of Thorough Examinations, is advising owners and users of materials handling equipment to continue to book inspections to ensure that it is...
Geek has announced the release of the world's first extended-depth bin-to-person robot, the C200M. The robot operates on narrow aisles and its extended arms reach new storage depth, saving...
Exide adds lithium battery - Milton, GA, United States
Hoppecke long life certified - Newcastle-Under-Lyme, United Kingdom

Linde offers ‘distancing’ app  Aschaffenburg, Germany

Linde Material Handling has launched a new app designed to reduce personal contact between logistics staff. Linde says its Truck Call app will help businesses return to a normalised...
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Automated Guided Vehicles - An Accelerating Market
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How Thai Fruit Carving Went From Royal Craft to Internet Sensation

In Thailand delicately carved fruit and vegetables were once a must for banquets and events.


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Business as usual? Contemplating the post covid-19 workplace
Covid-19 lockdown has seen many people work from home for the first time. Will it push managers to consider more flexibility once people return to the office? Ann Hofmans reflects.



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