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Amazon Acquires Kiva Systems - Robotic Distribution Systems

March 30, 2012
Filed under: Technology

Amazon Acquires Kiva Systems - Robotic Distribution Systems

Amazon.com announced recently that it has made an agreement to purchase Kiva Systems, Inc. But what is Kiva Systems and how does it work? Basically Kiva Systems have developed a robotic order picking or distribution system. The system is made up of robotic drive units (bots), mobile inventory shelves (pods), and software.

Dawn of the Robots - is 2012 the Year of Less Human Productivity?

March 20, 2012
Filed under: Technology

Dawn of the Robots - is 2012 the Year of Less Human Productivity?

Machine intelligence is the main difference between the past and the future. It is hard to predict how the implementation of this technology will affect the economy.  The problem is machinery is advancing at an astounding rate and has become more than just a tool in the workplace. The technology is evolving and becoming more autonomous; meaning less control by humans is required.

What is a Turret Truck (VNA)? Basics 101

March 06, 2012
Filed under: Forklift Basics

What is a Turret Truck (VNA)? Basics 101

A turret truck is specifically designed to do one task: operate in very narrow aisles. The turret truck is often abbreviated to VNA standing for very narrow aisle truck. 

Turret Trucks are a battery operated machine that uses both the electric engine, battery and operator compartment to counterweight heavy loads.

Stretch Wrapping vs. Shrink Wrapping - Understanding The Difference

February 24, 2012
Filed under: Materials Handling

Stretch Wrapping vs. Shrink Wrapping - Understanding The Difference

When it comes to protecting products, or holding products together and intact for transport; stretch and shrink wrapping are often employed.  Although these two types of wrapping have many differences, they are often confused.  This blog aims to outline the differences between the two products and under what application they are both utilized.

What is Lean Logistics? – Understanding the Concept.

February 01, 2012
Filed under: Logistics

What is Lean Logistics? – Understanding the Concept.

Organizations are stuck in a constant cycle that pushes them to improve their business in order to gain a competitive advantage. They consistently feel the stress to reduce costs, time and inventory. One way that has proven to improve an organization substantially is a supply chain process known as Lean Logistics.

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