Navigating the future factory: The path to material handling automation

In this e-book, you will discover the business needs for material handling automation in manufacturing and explore three main technologies helping companies overcome barriers to achieve it.

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Executive summary

This ebook is for manufacturing leaders wanting to enable or accelerate material handling automation. The drive to automate is happening across plants, sites, and supply chains. When it comes to material movement, things slow down, literally. That is down to the human-led labor involved. But things are changing, with new opportunities — and challenges too. 

You are invited to explore some of the key themes involved, with:

  • Analysis of the business-critical need for material handling automation
  • Discussion of key barriers stopping greater automation adoption
  • In-depth comparison of three methods helping manufacturers automate their material handling

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1. Automation in the industry 4.0 era

2. Challenges within material handling

3. How the skilled talent shortage is impacting manufacturers

4. Automation and autonomy: Reshaping the future of the factory

4.1 Key characteristics and features of AGVs

4.2 Key characteristics and features of AMRs

4.3 Key characteristics and features of autonomous wheels

5. Technology decisions ahead: How to plot the right path

5.1 Prioritization plan template

5.2 Comparison checklist

6. Why modern material handling means looking beyond AGVs and AMRs  

7. From bottlenecks to wheel-based breakthroughs  

8. Differences between Genius 2, AGV, AMR