What Automation Means for the Human Workforce

This article was originally published in Business 2 Community.

The advent of automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning is perhaps one of the biggest disruptions that the manufacturing industry has encountered. These technologies could impact the global economy by $15 trillion by 2030, according to PwC. Automated machinery has the capacity to perform traditionally human-centric work faster and more cost effectively than ever before. As robot-centered logistics become the new normal in manufacturing, distribution, and e-commerce facilities around the world, companies must consider the role of humans in these new work environments.

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4 Benefits Robots Bring to the Workforce

This article was originally published in Business 2 Community.

Last month, an annual gathering of top manufacturing experts took place at MODEX, one of the world’s largest conferences for manufacturing and supply chain solutions. This year’s theme was “future-proofing your business,” and suppliers presented the next-generation of equipment and technology that will propel companies into the future of manufacturing.

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Vision Makes the Difference in Autonomous Robots

As we approach the new year, developments in the robotics industry are promising. In 2015, we saw robots emerge in manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide, as automated vehicles have proven to be a safer and more efficient, decreasing transportation time for parts-to-line by more than 50% in some cases. This massive shift in robotics has been made possible due largely to impressive new visual capabilities. Vehicles like tow tractors and pallet trucks are equipped with Seegrid Vision, allowing them to operate entirely autonomously. This frees up human workers to focus on higher-level tasks, creating a dynamic workplace where humans and robots collaborate together.

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3 Key Ways Automation Reduces Safety and Ergonomic Concerns

With an aging workforce, injuries are expected to increase in the labor force. Therefore, leveraging technology to automate difficult or repetitive tasks will positively impact concerns over safety and ergonomic issues, and other labor challenges experienced by many organizations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, "more than 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2013."

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The Benefits of Automated Fork Trucks

Many material handling warehouse activities these days are being automated, partly due to technology advances and partly due to the very competitive nature of business. Picking, packing, shipping, cross-docking—automation is seemingly taking over all throughout every aspect of the warehouse. But what about material handling on a broader scale?

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VGV / AGV Safety Is, and Will Always Be, in the Driver's Seat

I think the marketing people here at Seegrid forget that I like to stand around in freezing temperatures while big angry people fire pucks at my face at 90 miles an hour. What do I know about staying safe?

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Forklift-Free: Automated Tugger Solutions With Benefits Beyond Safety

In the final part of the two part blog series on forklift-free driving safety, we cover the consequential costs associated with forklift labor, and the benefits that result from implementing driverless automated tugger solutions safer alternative.

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Forklift Free: Driving Safety and Efficiency

In part one of the two part series of this blog, we cover forklift dangers being inherently dangerous vehicles, as approximately every three days, someone in the U.S. is killed in a forklift related accident.  Even with safety regulations for the workplace, there is reason for companies to seek forklift-free environments. Forklift free requires using alternative solutions to move product from point A to point B without having forklift vehicles for transport.

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Automation in the Workplace: Best Practices for Safety

Workplace automation can transform your business by reducing errors, increasing efficiency, and cutting costs. In fact, while the cost of manual labor has dramatically increased in recent years, automation equipment, including robotics, conveyors, palletizers, etc., has seen a relative decrease in costs, or at very worst has held steady when the cost of everything else from land to energy to labor has increased.

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