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.