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JBT has launched an automatic guided vehicle (AGV) system designed specifically for mid-sized companies that is lower cost than fully automated alternatives, more productive than manual or semi-automated solutions, and can be delivered and installed in less time and with less support than traditional systems.
The JayBoT™ AGV will make its UK debut at this year’s PPMA show in Birmingham in September.
A world leader in the development of new AGV technology, JBT developed the JayBoT AGV for operations that currently use up to four manual fork-lift trucks, and are just starting to automate material movement.
The main difference between the JayBoT AGV solution and traditional AGV systems is that direct two-way communication and decision-making capability are incorporated into the actual vehicle, allowing JayBoT AGVs to communicate with each other, and other equipment, without the need for a system manager. This reduces the complexity of the installation, making the JayBoT AGV much less costly and easier to install.
“Following some market research we identified that many smaller enterprises could benefit from using AGVs, if the cost could be reduced,” says Andrew Hurd, JBT’s director of European AGV operations.
“The JayBoT AGV delivers all of the productivity increases, safety improvements and precise manoeuvring of a traditional AGV system, but at a lower cost. Eliminating the system manager is only one step in reducing cost.
“We’ve also developed advanced natural environment navigation that typically requires no landmarks, such as reflectors, magnets or wires, to be installed. Vehicle communication that doesn’t require the cost of complete wireless coverage over the entire operating area has also been built-in to the vehicle.”
JBT has introduced flexible and affordable financing options, so that mid-sized companies can spread the cost of an installation, either by purchasing or leasing.
The JayBoT AGV’s on-board intelligence allows it to navigate independently on predefined ‘roads’ with a 360-degree ‘safe zone’ around the vehicle (including warning and stop zones) to protect pedestrians, other mobile vehicles and equipment. The vehicle is capable of very precise manoeuvring, including the type of positioning needed for servicing racks, stands and other locations.
Designed to maximise both productivity and profitability, the JayBoT AGV communicates directly with input/output sensors and PLCs to support movement, automatically charge batteries and receive orders to move loads. The JayBoT AGV uses decentralised control (no system manager) for simple A to B movements for between one and four vehicles, but is fully scalable and can be upgraded to a centralised design (with a system manager) for integrated, highly optimised fleets. This scalability is ideal for companies in the middle segment, who want to test automation in smaller applications before proceeding with large installations.
JBT has been designing and manufacturing AGV systems from its European headquarters in Leicester for over 25 years. The company provides forked, special application, tug and unit load AGVs to every size and segment of industry, in addition to AGV engineering services and system software.
JBT has recently completed AGV system installations throughout Europe in the dairy, automotive, pharmaceutical, packaging and retail sectors.
To find out more visit the JBT Stand G80 at PPMA or go to the website www.jbtc-agv.com
National Fork Truck Safety Conference Gets CPD Seal Of Approval
The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has been awarded continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation for its National Fork Truck Safety Conference, which will be held at Loughborough University on 23 September.
As a registered CPD provider the FLTA can now award 4 hours of CPD credits to Conference attendees.
The National Fork Truck Safety Conference, which is one of the most important safety events in the materials handling calendar, is on a roll as it has also been named as a Finalist in the prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards 2015.
FLTA Chief Executive Peter Harvey puts this success down to listening to those who work on or around fork lift trucks every day and sharing their tried and tested solutions to safety issues.
He explains: “The conference will focus on peer-to-peer presentation - sharing best practice in a bid to reduce the stubbornly high levels of injuries, damage and death in premises of every size and in every sector.”
“Although it is widely accepted that the causes of FLT accidents never change, there is a tide of opinion – with the FLTA at its forefront – that for real change to occur, what’s needed is a change in awareness, attitudes and company culture.”
Speakers will highlight the importance of creating an environment where poor practice is simply not acceptable. The aim is to make everyone feel involved in the safety culture and responsible for policing it.
Peter continues: “The CPD accreditation underpins the value of what is being shared during the day. Whilst the role of the conference as a professional learning and development tool has always been valued by attendees, it is great to get this formalised – both for the FLTA and for delegates.”
The theme of the Conference is 3600 Safety – A holistic approach to fork lift truck safety. An approach driven by the FLTA not only through this Conference but also via its online Safer Site Program.
The Fork Lift Truck Association is the UK’s independent authority on fork lift trucks. For more information, please visit www.fork-truck.org.uk or call 01635 277577.
Behind every great safety initiative there’s a great safety champion and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), thinks it’s about time that they received the industry-wide acclaim that they deserve.
Does your company have a special individual that deserves recognition for going that extra mile and leading the way when it comes to improving safety at your site? Then put them in the running and they could be crowned FLTA Safety Champion at the Continuous Professional Development accredited-FLTA National Safety Conference at Loughborough University on 23rd September 2015.
FLTA Chief Executive Peter Harvey explains: “The Safety Champion Award, sponsored by Briggs Equipment UK, recognises those who have shown exemplary commitment to positive change at their site in making it a safer place to be for all who work on or in close proximity to fork lift trucks.
“It takes real determination to drive change and be the stand-out voice, sometimes in the face of opposition by people who resist change of any sort. These are the leaders and innovators that we want to acknowledge for their efforts, and hopefully it will also encourage other people to be bold and lead safety advances at their site”.
Peter continues: “The Award is open to companies of all shapes and sizes, in all sectors. To enter, simply tell us, in 300 words or fewer, why you or the person you are nominating should be the FLTA Safety Champion 2015. Hint: be specific about how risk has been reduced on site. For example, did you engage employees with a fork lift safety campaign or come up with a new operational measure that is now incorporated into your operational routines?
“In addition, companies may provide supporting photos, video clips or other documentation with their online entry.”