E&K driverless vehicles support move to smaller batch production
It is acknowledged that in a competitive global marketplace, automation is one of the best ways for manufacturers in relatively high-wage countries to reduce costs. Robots and other computer-controlled handling systems are ideal for automating production plant locally, but for wider scale unmanned operations, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and laser guided vehicles (LGVs) have a long and successful track record.
One such AGV system has recently been installed at a UK FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) factory that produces beauty and grooming products. It is a multi-vehicle installation designed, manufactured and installed by E&K AUTOMATION. Its purpose is to reduce the labour costs associated with transporting materials and components from a nearby warehouse to the production area and delivering finished product back to the warehouse.