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No Risk Automation Magazine Explores Lean Process Manufacturers Adopting AGVs

Monroe, NC, September 18, 2014 –(– The September 15th issue of No Risk Automation, a monthly e-news publication, discussed the Lean process needed to purchase and implement Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for manufacturing and distribution centers (DCs). Often AGV companies will propose a solution, obtain a purchase order, and then write a formal proposal. It is not appropriate. The formal proposal is needed so the customer can evaluate if the solution truly meets their requirements, metrics, and needs. Too often AGV vendors do not fully disclose the costs for the full project and implementation.

This month’s newsletter also explored the pros and cons of changing from a forklift modality to AGVs. The first step generally comes from senior management and is initiated from a high level strategy. Many times it is a safety initiative or a focus on efficiency gains, but the majority of the time it is driven by simple cost savings. Increased labors costs often trigger the exercise of cost analysis.

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About John Hayes and NoRiskAutomation

John Hayes is a solutions-finder for the material handling industry. For more than twenty years he has been evaluating, designing, developing, and implementing innovative software and hardware solutions for businesses in high-volume retail, wholesale (B2B), and direct-to-consumer (B2C) distribution systems. Hayes is a 2014 Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pros to Know” recipient with vast and specific expertise in automated guided vehicles (AGVs). This reputation has resulted in hundreds of systems for highly productive and cost-effective fulfillment centers and manufacturing plant designs. Hayes uses a vendor agnostic approach at NoRiskAutomation ( eliminating bias while avoiding the land mines and understanding the challenges. NoRiskAutomation utilizes a unique 4-Step process which ensures that sound and smart technologies are utilized by clients worldwide. Having worked for some of the leading AGV manufacturers, Hayes brings a wisdom and insight to customers, who are often unaware of the pressured sales strategies and hidden costs used by AGV vendors. NoRiskAutomation is an organization founded by Hayes to inform and protect automation decision-makers with the motto: Get it right the first time. Follow Hayes on Twitter @NoRiskAutomate.

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