10.03.2008

Waste of Transportation

See link to Assembly Mag article: AGV vs. Conveyor.

This is a good, short article, outlining the pros and cons of each system. But, in the context of lean, which this aritcle was presented as...it misses the point. Well, one thing was true about this article, there is "no right answer" when it comes to choosing how to move material in your plant.

But, whether you pick AGV, conveyors, fork trucks or whatever...the main goal is to eliminate moves or minimize to the best of your ability.

Someday, I'm going to invent industrial levitation...

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At October 9, 2008 at 12:58 PM , Anonymous Jim Huntzinger said...

I agree – that is not a specific right or wrong answer. It is situation/need specific. But, most AGV systems that are out there are very expensive – and conveyers can be more inflexible at times. One must look at the specific situation and determine the best solution/counter measure to ensure flow at the best cost. There are simple AGV available, and, in a past life, I (we) actually built one ourselves. We decided to do this based on a simple/inexpensive one we saw being used in Japan and after asking the price of it decided we could build one for even less cost. We were not able to have the opportunity to use fully develop the prototype into production, but we were successful and did build it for significantly less than the “inexpensive” one we saw used in production in Japan.

 

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