Counteract the labor shortage with automation

It’s no secret that workers are scarce these days – not least skilled workers with a forklift license. At Bennet Potatoes, automation became the solution to their predicament. With a Global AGV from WASBennet Potatoes was able to increase efficiency and productivity and free employees for other tasks such as quality assurance.

Finding and keeping qualified workers is difficult in all sectors. Hours can be long, especially with repetitive work. In addition, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the right people who have the necessary licenses and training to work in supply chains. But where staff is scarce, automation can provide the capacity needed for each production.

More operations managers are looking for ways to reassign employees to more challenging and rewarding tasks by handing off “non-value-added” tasks to automation. In this way, production uses the tools available to it in line with corporate goals and deadlines.

Automation counteracts the labor shortage

Global AGVs are designed for driverless transport and storage of pallets. Automating repetitive and monotonous tasks like simple pallet movements can free up valuable human resources and increase efficiency.

Accuracy, efficiency, and predictability are critical elements in supply chains—especially when you work in time-sensitive or space-constrained work environments. All aspects of the production chain must work together to make it as optimal as possible.

Driverless forklifts provide a safe and cost-effective transportation solution for operations that require timely completion of repetitive material handling tasks. AGVs offer 24/7 repeatability, with the exception of short loading times. The AGV can work around the clock and also ensure a continuous workflow at night.

The AGV driverless forklift allows operators to handle larger volumes of goods while providing reliability. Global AGV ensures efficiency and a safer work environment for people and goods.

Avoiding damage to goods saves money and time, making the Global AGV driverless forklift a valuable addition to your production chain. The AGV increases competitiveness in a difficult market.

Increased productivity at Bennet Potatoes

The Global AGV has already helped many production chains and companies by improving their capacity. Bennett Potatoes’ packing facility prepares both bags and cases of potatoes for distribution. The process that the AGV performs today used to be done manually. This led to logistical challenges, as the process took place in a relatively small space, which is why lack of space and loss of time previously hampered efficient operation in the packaging line.

The three employees used to have their own hand pallet truck to do their jobs and the employees found that this created a traffic jam where they had to wait for each other. It was also an observation made by Bennett Potatoes general manager Ian Bennett. Combined with a labor shortage, Bennett also wanted to allocate employee resources where it made more sense. Because of this, there was a great need to automate this process.

Implementing Global AGV driverless forklifts helps create a sustainable manufacturing environment that makes a difference to the bottom line. The AGV also helps ensure that two out of three employees have time for other, more complex tasks in the factory.

Dragsbæk is a manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of food for consumers and professionals in Denmark and abroad. Dragsbæk in northern Denmark is also reaping the benefits of its Global AGV: “The AGV has literally taken our production to the next level,” said a company spokesman. “Margarine production used to involve many heavy, strenuous movements for the employees. Now the driverless forklift does the lifting and driving of pallets, which has significantly improved our working environment, which is reflected in the fact that we have reduced the sick leave rate and minimized the risk of work-related accidents.”

Global AGV is described by its manufacturers as the simplest stand-alone logistics solution on the market. The AGV is easy to install and can be operated by anyone. Thanks to the intuitive user management, it only takes a few days on average to install and commission a Global AGV. With its flexibility, it can be modulated and customized to your needs, making it easy to integrate into existing production environments. Global AGV solves routine tasks while eliminating bottlenecks and production stops, freeing up valuable resources for production quality assurance.

For added flexibility, Global AGV is equipped with dual-mode technology that allows you to instantly switch between automated and manual operation. All in all, the flexibility and simplicity of Global AGV adapts to the dynamic changes in the production schedule.

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