How can the latest developments in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and the use of ‘co-bots’ in warehouses help UK businesses to maximise supply chain efficiencies? These questions will be answered by the Japanese material handling experts Daifuku at this year’s IMHX 2019. As a global leader in systems integration, the company will be showcasing the latest technologies that are contributing to this dynamic area of warehouse and factory automation.

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The planning and conceptualisation stage of any warehouse automation project is often the most crucial and nerve-racking part of the process. How will proposed racking systems work? What about the cranes? And what will it feel like as a person working within this new environment? All these questions, and more, will be addressed by the use of Daifuku’s new Virtual Reality (VR) headset.

This innovation allows businesses to work closely with engineers and logisticians to create fully operational automated warehouses, without leaving the office or having to put on a high vis jacket! Commenting on the UK unveiling of the VR Headsets at IMHX 2019, Robert Wood, business development manager, of Daifuku, said: “This is a fantastic development that enables our clients to ask those ‘what if’ questions, to explore various warehouse technologies and layouts to deliver the perfect solution for their business. We will be showcasing our VR headsets on the stand at IMHX and urge visitors to book their slot early.”

A further big draw on the Daifuku stand will no doubt be the SmartCart® AGV shuttle, which is now proving itself in both automotive and wider applications alike. SmartCart® Automatic Guided Cart (AGC) is a flexible and cost-effective Automatic Guided Vehicle or AGV that is guided by magnetic tape, which allows you to quickly install or modify the guidepath in as little as a few hours. SmartCart® AGCs are ideal for moving products on an assembly line or transporting goods throughout a plant or warehouse. Because they’re automatic and durable, SmartCarts provide reliable and consistent point-to-point movement of everything from small parts to heavy pallets. Pioneered by Daifuku’s automotive specialists, the technology is now increasingly used in other industrial sectors,

Daifuku is also highly respected for its design and installation of cranes, automated storage and retrieval (ASRS) systems and picking technology. On stand will be experts from both the warehousing and automotive teams, who will be able to discuss potential projects and describe recent installations for clients such as Trinity Mirror Newspapers, Riverford Organic Farmers, GA Petfood Partners and automotive brands such as BMW, Honda, Toyota, VW and JLR.

Daifuku is exhibiting at this year’s IMHX exhibition, NEC Birmingham (24-27 September 2019).

Visit Daifuku at IMHX 2019 on stand 18M40.


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