24/7 IIoT Monitoring Enhances Safety

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24/7 IIoT Monitoring Enhances Safety

MODEX 2018 Series: Intersection of AGVs and 24/7 IIoT Monitoring – Part 3


by John Hayes, VP Marketing and Sales


IIoT Offers Enhanced Safety for AGVs

IIoT data directly impacts safety. OSHA statistics indicate that there are roughly 85 forklift fatalities and 34,900 serious injuries each year, with 42 percent of forklift fatalities being due to the operator being crushed by a tipping vehicle.

The Industrial Truck Association reports that the average life of a forklift is nine years, and there is a 90 percent chance of a serious accident over the course of its life. Seventy to 80 percent of the accidents impact pedestrians around the truck. Going fork-free immediately changes these dire and dangerous prognoses.

Plants that implement fork truck free zones, or partially fork truck free implementation, realize significant improvement in safety data, lower insurance rates, and fewer workers’ compensation claims.

One of the unique differentiators and critical value propositions of 24/7 IIoT Monitoring is that it includes a video feed from vehicles allowing for remote access to all vehicles and the ability to immediately address situations that be caused by significant pathway blockages and typically viewed as not safe. While other automated/autonomous guided vehicles (AGV) vendors may have the data collected via sensors, it is the disruptive leadership of Vecna Robotics that determined the critical, even life-saving, need for IIoT monitoring with all their vehicles.

Knowing that the operation of these vehicles and their interaction with the plant floor is monitored 24/7 by factory engineers represents a first-of-its-kind industry breakthrough in the utilization of data to produce the safest and most efficient operation.

Learn more about Vecna Robotics’ advanced technology here.


About this Series

The robotic element of AGVs has captured massive media attention.  Many companies, from 3PLs to fast-growing e-commerce organizations, are hunting for the best solution. Until this year, the idea of combining IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) data and AGVs was futuristic.  All the data captured by automated guided vehicles has never been available and actionable in predictive analytics, maintenance, safety, and best-practice lean manufacturing value proposition. That has changed, thanks to Vecna Robotics at Booth B4987 at MODEX 2018. Over the next two months before MODEX, the Vecna Robotics blog is going to discuss the critical role of IIoT Monitoring and AGVs. Vecna Robotics is pleased and proud to be the only AGV exhibitor at MODEX displaying exactly how this technology works.