Tag Archives: emerging technology

Future-Proofing Warehouses: Upskilling for the AI Revolution

BY LINDSEY ROONEY, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, MHI Warehouses have long served as test labs for automation. In 1962, MHI member Demag installed the first automated storage and retrieval system at a book club warehouse in Germany. From there, innovation led to the complex Warehouse Management Systems that rule facilities today. As we careen into the Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution, warehouse ...

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Tech and the Worker Experience

Feature More than ever, companies in material handling and supply chain are prioritizing improvements in worker safety and the overall worker experience. Investing in an arsenal of cutting-edge technology is a major strategy they are employing to keep workers safe, reduce the physical and mental toll of their jobs, transform training and empower workers by giving them a stronger voice ...

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Managing the Human-Tech Relationship in Supply Chains

Feature Organizations can gain more value from these collaborations when they understand the capabilities and limitations of the technology and of the people who work with it. BY MARY LOU JAY It’s been a milestone year for artificial intelligence (AI), with generative AI technology like ChatGPT, Google’s Bard and Bing Chat capturing the public’s attention and generating a great deal ...

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New Innovations Awarded Top Honors for Their Potential to Transform Supply Chains

Feature The 11th Annual MHI Innovation Awards’ 12 finalists—four in each of three categories—brought strong competition to ProMat. BY GREG BAER, VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, MHI Of the hundreds of transformative, game-changing technologies that filled each and every aisle at ProMat, three supply chain and material handling solutions stood out among the 156 entries to MHI’s 11th Annual Innovation Awards ...

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Cloud Material Handling Systems

BY DR. FABIO SGARBOSSA, PROFESSOR OF INDUSTRIAL LOGISTICS, DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (NTNU) Efficient utilization of material handling equipment (MHE) significantly impacts the productivity, profitability and flexibility of production systems. For instance, machine performance could be impacted when a forklift driver is unavailable, or unit loads in the unloading station are still waiting ...

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Successful Warehouse Automation a Matter of Due Diligence and Investigation

MHI Solutions Community BY CHRISTIAN DOW, MHI EXECUTIVE VP OF MEMBERSHIP AND INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP With the current state of the labor market—and the ever-increasing need for efficiency in operations—questions about making warehouse automation successful abound. Plenty of folks are feeling pressured, yet are still on the fence about what to do, how to do it and even when. As Matt ...

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Bridging the Gaps: End-To-End Supply Chain Visibility

Feature End-to-end supply chain visibility increasingly is seen as the means to achieving critical business goals, from boosting operational efficiency and the bottom line to meeting sustainability targets and building the resilience needed to weather future disruptions. Collaboration with supply chain partners and ‘data democracy’ are key prerequisites. BY DAVID COBURN When Bill Wappler thinks about the current state of ...

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Supply Chain Visibility

By The Numbers Accenture considers two forms of visibility. Structural visibility is achieved through supply chain mapping, classic risk management, network assessment and modeling. Dynamic visibility is gained through monitoring of the supply chain in real time, leveraging predictive and prescriptive capabilities to gauge and avert potential supply chain disruptions, and autonomous execution utilizing artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotic ...

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Unlock Sensor Data for Improved Operations

Feature BY SHERYL S. JACKSON As supply chains have become more complex and handle greater volumes of goods at a faster pace, sensor technology has emerged as one way to improve efficiency, optimize employee skills, address labor challenges and meet customer expectations. “Over the past 15 years, it has been startling to see how demand on warehouses and distribution centers ...

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