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eBook: Automation Glossary of Terms

Quick Reference Guide for AMR, AGV, and Material Handling Terminology

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In this quick reference guide, discover:

  • The vocabulary you need to know to confidently make an informed decision as you research and explore the right automation solution for your facility
  • The differences between material handling solutions to fast track your transformation and gain a solid understanding of technologies and terminology
  • Common terms used in material handling facilities within manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics industries to facilitate meaningful conversations with automation providers

The adoption of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) has significantly increased to meet the growing demands, pressures, and complexities that supply chains face today. With this, the amount of terms, buzzwords, and acronyms continues to grow as material handling facilities increasingly transform into smart factories of the future with accelerated Industry 4.0 and lean initiatives.

This guide includes terms associated with self-driving industrial vehicles and material handling processes. The purpose of this guide is to help supply chain professionals gain a solid understanding of the common vocabulary to facilitate meaningful analysis and discussion while researching, scoping, and deploying automation solutions. We’ve included terms that are applicable to manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics material handling facilities.