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JBT has redesigned its range of Automatic Guided Vehicle systems (AGVs) into standard modules, which can be combined to suit different applications, with the aim of simplifying AGV solutions and the way customers make purchases.
The modules include load handling, battery, controls, rear support and power (for either hydraulic or electric vehicles). This redesign means that JBT can quickly deliver a broad range of high value, low cost AGV solutions, where each application is matched with the appropriate level of automation.
"At JBT we are committed to reinventing the AGV industry, so each of the modules have been cost-reduced and optimised," explains Nicholas Bellwood, JBT's European director of AGV sales. "In doing so, we've also increased the reliability of the modules as each one has proven its effectiveness, so the vehicles don't need to be custom-designed for each project."
JBT is the world's largest supplier of AGVs and has been designing and manufacturing a range of systems from its UK headquarters in Leicester for over 26 years. These are now in use throughout the UK and Europe in leading packaging, production and food processing organisations.
JBT used its experience and leveraged patterns in AGV sales while implementing its redesign. In addition to the vehicle redesign, the company also updated its SGV Manager software by introducing a 3D mapping system to maximise system throughput.
"We wanted to take away the complexity and mystery from AGV systems," adds Bellwood. "The 3D map provides a real-time, virtual view of the AGVs at work, and allows users to pan or zoom the view to easily monitor and optimise the system.
"The software also allows users to easily navigate to other screens so, even if they only have a little training and experience, they can quickly interface with the system."
In addition to its standard vehicle types, JBT offers customised vehicles for unique applications. Simpler solutions can also be provided using only vehicles and excluding the SGV Manager software. This approach allows small companies, or those new to automation, to try AGVs. These simple solutions may be upgraded in the future as the system expands.
"AGV systems are extremely flexible and can be adapted to grow with an organisation. They can also relieve staff of simple repetitive tasks, so that their skills can be better utilised in other parts of the process, leading to a more steam-lined, cost-efficient operation. We typically see payback well within two years."
JBT will be displaying their AGV soluions at IntraLogisteX: Stand 199 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, 16 – 17 March www.jbtc-agv.com
Antalis Packaging To Showcase Latest Packaging Innovations At Foodex
Antalis Packaging is to exhibit its latest packaging solutions providing those in the food logistics sectors with bespoke solutions that improve their automation and efficiency.
The stand will include live demonstrations of the latest semi-automatic Lantech stretch wrapping machinery, and case erector systems; both of which aim to reduce pack/wrap times within a warehouse environment, crucial when dealing with perishable or refrigerated food goods.
Also on display with the stretch wrapper will be a weigh scale and printer, along with other examples of the equipment and materials included in Antalis Packaging’s extensive range of solutions which are relevant to various applications across primary, secondary and tertiary packaging.
Key to Antalis’ service offering is the ability to provide bespoke, tailored product lines to fit the individual needs of a business, providing end-to-end solutions from void fill and case erectors/closer, through to pallet wrappers/weighing machines and stretch films.
Martin Styler, Sales Director at Antalis Packaging comments: “Within the food logistics industry, it is vital that both packaging consumables and machinery provide effective solutions matched to suit specific requirements, as well as meeting all relevant food legislation. By implementing automation into your packaging process, a more adaptable business model is possible, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs associated with damages and returns. Our various packaging experts on the stand will be available to discuss your current output, and advise where you can make improvements, speed up your packaging operation and increase overall productivity and profitability.”
Europe’s second largest pallet pooling provider, LPR, has opened two new depots in Ireland. Building on the growing relationship with Goggins, one of the country’s leading haulage companies, the partnership sees Goggins operating the transport, storage, repair and distribution of LPR pallets.
The depots in Dublin and Galway increase LPR’s presence in Ireland, and are key drivers in the logistics leader’s strategic plan of expansion within the UK and Ireland markets. The Dublin depot will be officially unveiled on 23 February by Kilkenny hurling legend, Henry Shefflin.
An investment of more than €500,000 across both new sites will allow the movement of one million pallets initially, although there is potential at both Dublin and Galway to expand as business in Ireland increases.
The depots, which will employ a total of 18 staff, are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including two inspection towers, Vac-u-Lifts, two repair benches and semi automated in and out feeds.
The Dublin site will also upgrade facilities with a paint booth, as it strives to provide customers with ever greater efficiency.
Adrian Fleming, LPR UK and Ireland general manager, said: “Working in partnership with Goggins to open Dublin and Galway is an important development as we continue our efforts to expand our customer base within Ireland.
“Our focus in Ireland over the past couple of years has paid off, as we have recorded a 40% year-on-year increase in pallet movements, taking our market share to 14% of the market; but we recognise there is even greater potential.
“Investing in these two new sites demonstrates that we are very serious about expanding the business in Ireland and that we see it as a key target in our strategic plans. We are also working with a number of customers and prospects on how we can continue that growth.
“Importantly, we are prepared to work with our customers to secure further land in other areas of Ireland, if required.”
Mark Prendergast, operations manager at Goggins, added: “We’ve enjoyed a good working relationship with LPR and the time was right to extend that partnership with the two new depots. We both have ambitious ideas for growing the sites and ensuring that our customers receive the level of service that they demand.”
Operating hours are 6am-10pm Monday to Friday in Dublin and 8am-5pm Monday to Friday in Galway.