Technology has continued to progress at exceedingly fast rates. In the early stages of the 20th century, society would make advancements with many years in between them. As we enter 2020, the rate at which technology advances is extraordinary. Each year, the world experiences innovative changes designed to improve the lives of people all across the globe. Self-driving cars are no longer just a fun idea in science-fiction movies. For example, companies like Tesla have implanted self-driving computers in all of their new cars.
However, these advancements, while amazing and world-changing, are still far from perfect. There are still too many variables for self-driving cars to safely and efficiently maneuver on roads. However, that same AI technology has been used to aid and assist other industries, such as the warehousing industry.
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) have taken technology used in self-driving cars to improve the productivity and efficiency in warehouses. This technology has allowed forklifts to operate 100% on their own, providing warehouse owners a host of benefits.
Self-driving forklifts have outpaced their automobile counterparts because the environment they work in is closed and more controlled. For self-driving cars, they operate in an open environment with too many variables. While AI technology is quite impressive, it still has plenty of flaws.
The challenges for automated forklifts in warehouses are far easier and fewer for AI technology to master, and warehouse owners have taken advantage of this opportunity. Self-driving forklifts have begun to find themselves in many warehouses all across the country. Ace Equipment is here to provide you with some important information about these machines.
AGVs operate using advanced computer technology and AI. Self-driving forklifts are programmed to monitor their surroundings, tracking and mimicking the actions of human workers. They learn how to move and operate in the safest and most efficient way possible. They can easily move, lift, and stack items as if a human were controlling them.
Automated forklifts are built with sensors that allow them to monitor the environment around them, which also includes human workers. Being able to sense their environment allows them to predict movements that allow them to conduct their job effectively. They are also able to track the fastest and safest route through the warehouse, avoiding any obstacles in their way.
It’s important to note that most self-driving forklifts do have the ability to be manually operated, which allows you to take control when a job requires a more creative solution. They are constantly being updated with data that allows them to safely perform the tasks they are given, reducing the risk of danger while improving productivity.
Automated forklifts are quickly finding their place within many warehouses all across the world. While this technology is still only emerging, there are already plenty of proven benefits of implementing them within your warehouse. Here are just a few of the advantages of self-driving forklifts:
While self-driving forklifts are an inevitability in the future of warehouses, there are plenty of concerns surrounding them. In a recent report, roughly 25% of U.S. employment will face high exposure to automation in the coming years. Automation threatens to substitutes over 70% of the tasks human workers currently do. Understandably, many workers fear that robots will take their jobs.
However, that’s far from the case. While it is likely that automated forklifts will take jobs that have repetitive and routine tasks, when it comes to jobs that require creativity, critical thinking, and responses to the unpredictable, humans cannot be replaced. Forklift operators are at risk but only slightly. With automated forklifts, many jobs still require humans, such as:
Outside of the obvious threat of lost jobs, there are a few concerns for warehouses and warehouse workers, including:
Automated forklifts are slowly but surely finding themselves in warehouses across the globe. They have outpaced the integration of self-driving cars. While they are still in their infancy in the warehousing industry, they are already becoming a welcome addition. If you have any questions regarding self-driving forklifts or wish to buy or rent a forklift yourself, contact Ace Equipment.