Daifuku North America Blog

ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium

Posted by Todd Alderman on 2/2/16 11:31 AM

Something new is coming! We will be introducing our revolutionary automated Mobile Inspection Table (MIT) at the ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah next month.

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Topics: Automated Systems, Baggage Handling System, Airport,

SmartCart AGCs - More Valuable Than Ever

Posted by Bruce Buscher on 5/5/15 2:00 PM

SmartCart Automatic Guided Carts (AGC) are one of the most popular products Jervis B. Webb Company engineers, manufactures, installs and services. To keep up with the growing market, we introduced Value Added Resellers (VARs) seven years ago. The group has grown to over 24 VARs with more than 92 local offices represented in 22 countries.

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Topics: Automated Systems, Automatic Guided Carts, Jervis B. Webb Company, Bastian Solutions

Educating Future Engineers

Posted by Dan Klepack on 4/20/15 1:31 PM

We are always looking for opportunities to teach young engineers about our company and solutions, which is why we jumped at the chance to meet with students at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. Our top engineers presented to several classes of first-year mechanical engineering students providing information about a variety of our innovative solutions at work in airports, plants and warehouses.  We also invited students from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to tour our Demonstration Facility in Wixom, Michigan, to see our solutions in action.

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Topics: Material Handling Industry, Automated Systems, Jervis B. Webb Company, Lawrence Technological University, Education

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

Tips for Purchasing Material Handling Equipment & Parts Online

Posted by Don DeSimone on 2/4/15 2:22 PM

Whether you require an additional rack for your warehouse, parts for your conveyor system or specific casters for your shelving, where do you turn? Do you spend time “researching” vendors online for the best price, and later realize the shelves you purchased aren’t the commercial grade you need or that the components you seek aren’t easy to find.

Look no further!

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Topics: Automated Systems, Wynright, equipment store, Jervis B. Webb, estore, warehouse

How Magna Automates with SmartCarts

Posted by Bruce Buscher on 1/22/15 4:56 PM

What does the leading global automotive supplier with 312 manufacturing operations, and 83 products use to automate their manufacturing operations? SmartCart Automatic Guided Carts


Magna has 36 SmartCarts which form a mobile assembly line for front and rear bumper fascias and front-end modules at their plant in Toledo, Ohio.

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Topics: Material Handling Industry, Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Automated Systems, Automotive, Automatic Guided Carts

The Story Behind the Cars at Detroit’s Auto Show

Posted by Noel Dehne on 1/14/15 2:06 PM

Right now, the North American International Auto Show is celebrating its 27th year here in Detroit. As I walk around the show floor, I feel proud to know that our systems help build many of the vehicles I’m seeing here today. And while everyone is buzzing about the latest vehicle unveilings at the auto show, I am reminded of my company’s 100-year history providing material handling innovations that improved the automotive manufacturing industry.


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Topics: Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Automated Systems, Automotive, Conveyor

Automatic Guided Carts, New and Improved

Posted by Bruce Buscher on 10/10/14 1:51 PM

There’s a new Automatic Guided Cart (AGC) in town! The 300TT is here with towing capacity up to 4,000 lbs. and carrying capacity up to 2,400 lbs. SmartCart® AGCs offer so many benefits to assembly and warehouse applications including:


  • Automatic coupling
  • Automatic decoupling
  • Flexibility
  • Quick to install and modify

What’s different about the 300TT than the other AGC products?

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Topics: Material Handling Industry, Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Automated Systems, Automatic Guided Carts

Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems: Unit Load, Mini Load, What’s the Difference?

Posted by Chelsie Spencer on 6/27/14 1:46 PM

Many companies are looking to automate their warehouse or distribution facility with Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) . The top reasons include minimizing costs, decreasing downtime, maximizing floor space and increasing efficiency. Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) are a combination of equipment and controls that handle, store, and retrieve materials with precision, accuracy and speed. Systems can vary from relatively simple, manually controlled point of use storage structures to computer-controlled storage and retrieval systems that are completely integrated into the manufacturing and distribution process. When a warehouse or distribution facility is looking to recapture floor space, improve efficiency or ensure inventory control that’s when an ASRS can come into play.

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Topics: Material Handling Industry, ASRS, Automated Systems

How to Make Multi-Channel Distribution a Success

Posted by Joe O'Connor on 6/18/14 3:05 PM

Automated material handling systems have endless possibilities when it comes to making your warehouse or distribution center more efficient. For example Converse and Hurley brands now share two distribution centers in Ontario, Calif., accounting for a combined footprint of one million square feet. Across the several miles that separate them, the facilities have automated and synchronized their entire wholesale, retail and eCommerce supply chains so they are scalable, functional, flexible and quick. Converse has paved the way for more efficient material handling processes including:

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Topics: Material Handling Industry, Automated Systems