Automating your warehouse means using Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) that work autonomously, transporting goods and materials through manufacturing facilities, warehouse or distribution centres, without the need for a driver or operator. Automation in logistics is booming due to several reasons such as driver shortage, reducing operational costs and increasing efficiency. However, automated solutions may not be the answer for every logistics flow. Toyota can help you take the automation journey step by step, where man & AGV can complement each other.
Automating your material handling processes can seem complex, but often the material flow throughout your site is quite logic, regardless if it's a warehouse or a production site. With our systematic approach we can easily find common functions that can be identified as configurable modules for repetitive use. This is the Toyota way of working: separating repetitive flows from unique ones within the process.
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are ideal to use for your repetitive flows. Together we will identify the flows where automation will add the most value and take on your automation journey step by step. When we have identified which flows to automate, lean thinking will help us eliminate waste, and standardise processes to make automation smoother.
Let’s take a look at this manufacturing site to see which processes can easily be carried out by AGVs and take the first step...
Where pallets are moved, there are often simple transportations from one specific station to another specific station. In distribution centres where pallets are directly transported from inbound to outbound this is called cross-docking.
In a warehouse or manufacturing site, there are always a lot of empty pallets as goods have been used or picked. Empty pallets are also needed to place picked items or finished goods from the production on.
Pallets with finished goods are picked up at a temporarystorage or the wrappers close to production or picking areas, and dropped off at the outbound area, typically floor buffers or deep stacks, waiting to be loaded into lorries.
We have a dedicated warehouse automated handling technology demonstration centre at our Midlands business centre on the Meridian Business Park in Leicester.
Here you will be able to see our range of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and semi-automated Radioshuttle in action, as well as having the opportunity to discuss your warehouse automation requirements with our team of experts.
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We deliver complete integrated logistics solutions from concept to implementation. Whether you’re looking into increasing your output, flexibility or resilience; our Logistics Solutions team will work with you in designing systems based on your data and needs. We will execute and commission full turn-key projects and support your operation through our service network.
Our systems integration group specialises in state-of-the-art automation applications for order preparation, product sortation and high-density storage technologies. Controlled with modular Warehouse Execution Systems (WES), these are designed to optimise our customers’ material handling operations.
Close co-operation with Vanderlande
We also work together with our sister company Vanderlande, global market leader for value-added logistic process automation, along which we offer a wide range of fully automated solutions for airports, warehouses and the parcel industry.
Our automated offer
In order to optimise efficiency and flexibility in your warehouse, Toyota offers different types of automation products and components. These will support you in your journey to automate material handling processes.
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