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WHAT DID YOU
CLICK ON LAST
Materials handling used to mean forklifts, pallets, noise, dust, and the like. Walk out on
the warehouse floor at your own risk, as you watched dirty old machines whizz past, the
driver looking past you with a bored gaze as he -- yes, invariably a 'he' -- exuded his air of
superiority steaming out of sight.
Of course, there have been enormous gains in safety practices over the past few decades and
forklifts and personnel rarely ever mix these days, or if they do, there are clearly marked out safety
and separation zones. The drivers, as well as males losing their almost exclusive dominance, are
trained to a much, much higher safety standard and the bravado and showing-off has, thankfully,
departed from the acceptable range of behaviours.
And together with the training and behavioural advancements over the years, materials handling
has on the technical side also been making quite incredible advances, both in moving the 'material'
out of material handling and putting it into people-inaccessible areas of the warehouse serviced by
automatic storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), and improving the 'traditional' material handling
equipment -- forklifts -- beyond imaginable boundaries of advancement.
Whilst automated guided vehicles -- AGV -- have been around for quite a while, it is now that
mainstream materials handling companies, Dematic on the storage equipment side and Toyota on
the traditional forklift side, among others, are truly entering the AGV fray. This trend will only be
accelerated by the recent multi-billion-dollar purchase of Dematic by Germany's Kion group, owners
of -- among others -- Linde.
Turn to our cover story on page 24 to start reading about the latest advances Toyota has brought
about in its automated guided vehicles being released onto the Australian market, and read on to
discover the best and newest developments in materials handling technology from many other firms.
Plus there is the usual array of comments, studies and supply chain philosophy to keep your mind
THE TIME OF MH
The top five stories on TandLnews.com.au
in June were...
AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING SINKS TO LAST
Australia has now slipped below Luxembourg
to come in last of OECD nations in terms of
STAGNATION: CONFIDENCE REMAINS LOW AS INDEX
RECORDS A MARGINAL DECLINE
The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index saw a marginal
month-on-month decline in its May results.
KION TO BUY DEMATIC FOR USD 3.25B
The KION GROUP AG will become one of the largest
global providers of intelligent intralogistics by
NEW COUNTRY OF ORIGIN FOOD LABELLING LAWS
From 1 July 2016, the Australian Government is
introducing new food labelling legislation.
NEW AGV FOR PALLET TRANSPORT
A new range of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV)
from Dematic is to significantly reduce materials
handling operating costs.
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