Daifuku North America Blog

Sarah Carlson

Sarah is the Marketing Director for Daifuku Webb Holding Company and has been in the material handling industry for nearly a decade. She currently chairs MHI's AGVS (Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems) industry group.
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Growing in Michigan and Beyond

Posted by Sarah Carlson on 6/23/15 11:32 AM

We are ecstatic to be included as one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots by Corp! Magazine. The award honors companies that continue to grow and expand in Michigan. The continuous improvement of our solutions, manufacturing processes and safety initiatives were major contributors to our financial growth and success last year. But most importantly, it was our steadfast commitment to providing our customers the best products and services to meet their unique needs.

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Topics: careers, Award, Daifuku North America

6 Must Do’s at ProMat 2015

Posted by Sarah Carlson on 3/12/15 12:23 PM


There is so much to do and see in the Windy City. What a great place for ProMat, the largest expo for supply chain professionals in North America, March 23-26 at McCormick Place!

ProMat will be the highlight of my trip, and Chicago will be icing on the cake! Here are my top 6 must do/must see while at ProMat!  

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Topics: Material Handling Industry, Jervis B. Webb Company, Wynright Corporation, ProMat Show

Top 6 Tips for This Year’s ProMat Show

Posted by Sarah Carlson on 3/4/15 3:46 PM

ProMat, one of the biggest material handling shows in the world, is just around the corner and we are excited to be part of it. Please visit us at Booth 1013!  As Marketing Director, I attend many shows, but this one is truly my favorite. Below are my five tips for enjoying ProMat 2015, March 23 – 26 in Chicago.

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Topics: Material Handling Industry, Jervis B. Webb Company, Wynright Corporation, ProMat Show

National Engineers Week!

Posted by Sarah Carlson on 2/25/15 2:19 PM

This week is National Engineers Week! The week celebrates the importance of learning math, science and technical skills. Nearly half of our employees are engineers and have developed the best solutions for the material handling industry. From warehouses to distribution centers, and automotive plants and airports our engineers are paving the way with innovative ideas and products.

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Topics: Material Handling Industry, Automated Systems, careers

What Airports Want Most from a Baggage Handling Control System

Posted by Sarah Carlson on 9/4/14 4:16 PM

With hundreds of airports handling millions of pieces of luggage every day, what baggage handling controllers want most are:

o   Speed

o   Accuracy

o   Flexibility

Speed is essential because planes fly on schedule and bags that miss flights tally up “penalty costs” in extra handling hours, customer service hours and, worst of all, bad word-of-mouth for the airline responsible.

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Topics: WebbView, Baggage Handling System

Top Five Reasons Everyone Is Talking About AGVs

Posted by Sarah Carlson on 5/2/14 10:00 AM

Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are one of the most buzzed about products in the material handling industry.  Everyone is talking about them lately, including Inc. Magazine, which named AGVs one of the best industries for starting a business in 2014.  We couldn’t agree more.  Jervis B. Webb Company has been selling AGVs for the past five decades, but recently the market has grown significantly.

AGVs have been around since the 1950s so why the sudden interest?  Below are the top five reasonJohn_Deere_Horicon,_WI_plant_022compresseds.

  1. Affordable – AGVs are more affordable today than ever.  Back in 2005, Webb showcased the first Automatic Guided Cart (AGC) at ProMat, which we named SmartCart® AGC.  Today, and more than 2,000 carts later, SmartCart is our most popular product on our website and in the media.  SmartCart AGCs are guided by magnetic tape, which makes them more affordable and easier to install and modify than traditional AGVs.  Finally, the savings that AGVs provide in terms of labor and inventory, make them easy to justify to companies looking for a quick payback.  
  2. Increased Flexibility – Companies need to be able to make changes quickly and easily or risk becoming obsolete.  Using AGVs instead of conveyors, allows plants to modify assembly lines without tearing out equipment.  That’s why AGVs and AGCs are the assembly line of choice for automakers like Tesla (click here to check out Tesla’s assembly line that features our SmartCarts).  
  3. New Marketplaces – While AGVs still remain most popular in the manufacturing industry, they are gaining traction in warehousing and distribution, as well.  AGVs are increasingly being used to support order fulfillment, end-of-the line delivery, and delivery to and from shipping docks.
  4. Safer – All AGVs are equipped with lasers that automatically stop a vehicle when an object or person appears in its path.  In addition, AGVs travel at a controlled speed compared to fork trucks, which results in a more predictable and safe environment. 
  5. Better Controls and Software – AGV controls and software have significantly advanced in the past few years providing increased vehicle management (dynamic routing, battery monitoring, etc.), better integration with other systems (WMS, PLCS, etc.) and more graphical and comprehensive reports.   Webb’s System Automation Manager (SAM™) Controller. SAM is a vehicle system controller that includes:  vehicle management, traffic manager, plant floor controller interfaces, user interface, enterprise system interfaces, and inventory control capabilities.
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Topics: Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs)

The First Move

Posted by Sarah Carlson on 4/30/14 11:46 AM

Welcome to the first Daifuku Webb blog.  We appreciate your time and will work hard to make it worth your effort.  Hosting a blog is an opportunity for us to better serve our customers, partners and industry. The global material handling industry is exciting and dynamic, with new innovations emerging constantly. Through our blogs, we will share important news, industry trends, and the latest solutions that are making an impact today and in the future.

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Topics: Material Handling Industry