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EP&T: Optimizing wireless automated material handling operations

While e-commerce is on the rise, it has also led to increased pressure on logistics and rising raw material demand as economies recover and labor shortages worsen.

September 29, 2021  by EP&T Magazine

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Automation has become an irreversible trend, especially as the pandemic has affected industries around the world. This trend presents companies with both new opportunities as well as challenges. While e-commerce is on the rise, it has also led to increased pressure on logistics and rising raw material demand as economies recover and labor shortages worsen.

These events have propelled the need for automation into the global spotlight and have driven the demand for automated material handling (AMH) systems. With reduced costs and increased capabilities, wireless AMH systems have provided companies with significant gains in productivity and efficiency.

Four tips to help you take control

However, the complexity of maintenance and the risk of operational downtime is a major concern for companies. Unreliable wireless communication is one of the biggest nightmares for any wireless AMH deployment as unstable wireless signals can easily disrupt operations. Companies often rely on the system vendors for maintenance services, which is another expense and can result in longer downtimes.

In this article, we are providing several tips to shed some of these worries by helping you take control of the invisible network communications of your AMH systems. Being able to manage and troubleshoot your wireless network efficiently maximizes the uptime of your  AMH systems and makes your business more competitive.

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