MANUFACTURING Automation: The new warehouse worker – OTTO Motors sees growth of mobile robots
A patio door manufacturer realizes cost savings and safety improvements with automated material movement
Over the past five years, Toronto-area manufacturer Sunview Patio Doors has transitioned its factory from a manual, paper-driven operation to one that’s fully automated.
The company, which produces about 80,000 windows and doors every year, is bringing its operations into the Industry 4.0 era in response to increasing customization options and higher customer demand for faster delivery times.
So far, Sunview has implemented automation such as robotic work cells, an automated storage and retrieval system in the warehouse, and enterprise-wide software that integrates plant operations.
Two years ago, Sunview was looking to replace its traditional tow motors in order to reduce traffic on the shop floor, and purchased its first autonomous mobile robot (AMR) from the Clearpath Robotics–owned OTTO Motors.