The AGV Differentiator is IIoT Monitoring

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The AGV Differentiator is IIoT Monitoring

MODEX 2018 Series: Intersection of AGVs and 24/7 IIoT Monitoring – Part 5


by John Hayes, VP Marketing and Sales



IIoT Monitoring: The AGV Differentiator at MODEX

Every year the media asks the same question at MODEX or PROMAT; What’s new? This is usually asked with a certain level of sarcasm because too many years went by with the same exhibitor showing the same materials handling products.

The list of repetitive products includes conveyors, casters, hand trucks, fork trucks, and AGVs. Attendees could count on the same exhibitors, year after year, and had to look for something “new” at these shows. Not in 2018.

There are really big differences coming to Atlanta 2018 MODEX. Whether pick-to-light solutions, modernized conveyor solutions, or the advancement of the fork truck free movement, so much has changed due to IIoT technology.

While some of the AGV vendors have new, sleek, and clever footprints and profiles, there is one AGV at MODEX 2018 with IIoT monitoring: Vecna Robotics.

While spec sheets can extol the value of one tugger vs. another, it is the confluence of IIoT data collected by Vecna Robotics AGVs that allow all unmanned vehicles to operate safely, predictably, and flexibly 24/7.

When a garbage can in the middle of an aisle, in the middle of a distribution center, in the middle of the night can disrupt production, the lean manufacturing concept is quickly evaporated. No more. Now the 24/7 IIoT Monitors can take any necessary corrective action to avoid a collision and allow the continued material flow without interruption.

No maintenance teams need to be called. The monitor can remotely reprogram, re-route the AGV 24/7. Look at any AGV vendor at MODEX 2018; then come to the ONE AGV vendor with integrated 24/7 IIoT Monitoring: Vecna Robotics.


Learn more about Vecna Robotics 24/7 IIoT Monitoring.


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.

Author Profile

John Hayes, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Vecna Robotics, is a widely respected thought leader for the manufacturing, distribution, and material handling industries and a Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pros to Know” recipient. For more than twenty years he has been evaluating, designing, developing, and implementing innovative software and hardware solutions with a particular focus in the AGV (automated guided vehicle) space.