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No Risk Automation Newsletter Issue Number 6 Will Explore the Best Time to Adopt AGVs

Monroe, NC, September 19, 2014 –(– The sixth issue of “No Risk Automation” (a monthly e-newsletter) due out October 13th, will explore the question many operation managers of manufacturing plant floors and distribution centers (DCs) ask. Is it time for the current AGV (automated guided vehicle) system to be replaced? There are certain instigating factors that drive AGV replacement. When the current AGV system no longer meets production requirements and cannot be expanded without substantial cost and complexity, it may tip the scale towards replacement.

Next month’s issue also discusses creeping AGV maintenance costs. The AGV maintenance costs increase; they are sneaky and come on fast. These added maintenance costs are not always the fault of the manufacturer or the equipment. Many times it is a lack of sufficient preventive maintenance. No matter what the cause, these unforeseen and unbudgeted costs always show up as the equipment ages and peaks in about three to five years when the batteries need replacement.

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About John Hayes and NoRiskAutomation
NoRiskAutomation ( is an organization to inform and protect automation decision-makers with the motto: Get it right the first time. 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 business-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. Follow Hayes on Twitter @NoRiskAutomate.


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