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Thomas R. Cutler
By Thomas R. Cutler
Peter Bak of Seegrid Highlights European Material Handling

Peter Bak, the new European Representative for Seegrid, with more than two decades of experience in customer oriented roles in technology intensive companies, discussed the top three issues facing European material handling companies in 2014. Bak will be introducing new Seegrid products at CeMAT May 19-23, 2014 in Hall 27, Booth H12.

In-sourcing of production and distribution will require efficient and flexible automation.
After waves of outsourcing, many European Material Handling companies are now pulling operations back. This trend requires these companies to develop processes and to implement technology to build efficiency and to ensure the necessary agility in a dynamic market place.

Bak noted, “Efficiency calls for automation and robotics. Intelligent automation of Material Handling must support key business processes, allow competent staff to focus on value-adding activities, and have the ability to adapt to rapidly changing needs. An ever increasing focus on productivity, consistency and safety forces European Material Handling companies to include robotics in their logistics chain. Robotics will provide productivity and relieve staff from dangerous, dirty, and dull tasks.”

The individualization of products – even in volume productions – and the increased integration of customers and business partners underline the need for flexible, yet consistent and reliable Material Handling automation.

CeMAT 2014 will boast a new look with five clearly defined Technology Zones, together with new user focus topics and special events, will give visitors a concentrated overview and an opportunity to showcase products and services under prioritized headings. Offering an extensive range of services to help exhibitors plan display and generate new business leads on the basis of presentation in Hannover, CeMAT will be building on its role as a key driver of the intralogistics industry in 2014.

Guided by Seegrid flexible AGVs utilize vision-guided technology for navigation, with no changes to the infrastructure. The innovative technology allows vehicles to be trained and deployed in a warehouse, distribution center, or manufacturing facility quickly and efficiently, eliminating non-value-added repetitive tasks. The vision system provides operators complete route flexibility, as the AGV routing can be re-programmed in a matter of minutes supporting the up-to-date needs of every facility.

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Seegrid (, the prognosis for continued growth for Seegrid is exceptional, and whether developing robotic vision-guided solutions for manufacturing, warehousing or distribution centers, Seegrid is part of the reform for the materials handling industry for Europe. Follow Seegrid Corporation on Twitter at @Seegrid.

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