The latest news, analysis and in-depth reporting on the equipment, IT, trade flows and processes in automotive material handling, including automated guided vehicles, picking and kitting, cobots, knockdown kits and more.

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    Opinion: The durable benefits of metal packaging

    2021-03-03T16:09:00+00:00By Jordan Rogers

    The automotive and industrial industries have some of the most complex supply chains in the world. Evolving manufacturing processes, shifting consumer demands and new trends all impact the supply chain network for raw materials, components and finished goods. With the necessity to protect, move and sequence high-cost parts, metal solutions are becoming an increasingly popular packaging solution in these, and many other, industries.

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    The time is now to start integrating robotics into logistics operations

    2021-02-16T11:14:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

    Robotics have enabled major productivity gains in manufacturing, but as the technology becomes more affordable and labour gets harder to find and more expensive, it could start to play a bigger role in logistics, too, helping workers do their jobs more safely and quickly.

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    Watch: Rise of the robots

    2021-02-07T18:47:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    What can automotive logistics learn from other industries when it comes to automation and robotics? Experts from Locus Robotics, GE Appliances and i9 Sports compare notes on how robotics can help efficiency as well as those working in logistics.

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    Locus Robotics: Material handling robots a boost for service parts

    2021-02-01T15:42:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    What’s worse than having to locate a small part while staring at a wall of containers holding small parts? Accidentally sending the wrong part to a customer who is depending on you. Spare parts distributors are increasingly investing in automation that eases labor requirements and improves picking efficiency and accuracy in order fulfillment. 

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    Bridge over troubled waters

    2021-01-12T10:29:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Kuehne + Nagel is supporting its automotive customers’ transition to an electrified future with the provision of battery chain services. At an event the company held in December, mobility and materials experts discussed the challenges facing the industry.

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    Continental develops autonomous AGV for parts handling

    2020-12-18T16:51:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    Parts supplier Continental is developing its own automated guided vehicle (AGV) for the movement of heavy parts in its production facilities. Autonomous AGVs are currently being trialled at plants in Zvolen (Slovakia) and Frankfurt am Main (Germany), and moving material for brake production. They can carry loads of more than a ton. 

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    Watch: Supporting production through automation – from AI to cobots (Ep.4)

    2020-12-18T09:30:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    This Livestream Hour episode discusses how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists.

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    Marco Prueglmeier leaves BMW to found innovation consultancy

    2020-11-30T14:53:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

    BMW’s project leader for logistics innovations and industry 4.0, Marco Prueglmeier, has left the carmaker to found an innovation consultancy called i2Market. The aim of the company is to provide industry with software development, robotics, automated warehousing, artificial intelligence and simulation. 

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    Watch: Sustainable packaging – unwrapping a greener automotive supply chain (EP.2)

    2020-11-19T10:20:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

    This Automotive Logistics Livestream Hour episode focuses on efficiency and sustainability in automotive packaging, featuring packaging experts John Ferry from EV startup Lucid Motors and packaging consultant Rodney Salmon

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