Feb 26, 2015

Jervis B. Webb Company Launches New Control System to Improve Efficiency of Automatic Guided Vehicles

Jervis B. Webb Company Launches New Control System to Improve Efficiency of Automatic Guided Vehicles

FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. (February 26, 2015)

—Jervis B. Webb Company – a subsidiary of Daifuku North America Holding Company and a leading provider of material handling solutions – introduced SAM™ (System Automation Manager), a robust control system for Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and SmartCart® Automatic Guided Carts (AGCs).

“SAM is the result of six decades of designing and manufacturing more than 20,000 AGVs,” said Rob Schmit, President of Jervis B. Webb Company.  “We listened to our customers and developed a control system that meets their individual needs.”

The SAM system is easily customized for each customer and provides the following benefits:

  • Centralized Vehicle Management – manages movement of all vehicles.  SAM communicates to each vehicle every second of operation
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI) – visual display of all vehicle activity
  • Easy Integration – interfaces with major PLCs, Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), and HMI displays
  • Comprehensive Reports – all data of vehicle activity is available in easy to read reports

“One of the main benefits of our AGVs and SmartCart AGCs for customers is flexibility, and we wanted to bring that same concept to our control systems,” said Bruce Buscher, Vice President of Smart Handling.  “SAM allows customers to program their AGV systems themselves, pull graphical reports and show all vehicles on one, comprehensive screen for quick troubleshooting.”

Webb provides a wide variety of autonomous industrial vehicles, from SmartCart AGCs that move small loads to heavy-duty AGVs that move up to 250,000 pounds.

“Our goal is to continue to find innovative ways to help businesses be more productive within their operational footprint,” said Schmit.  “We are pleased that SAM attains this goal while also offering ultimate flexibility, reliability and scalability at an affordable price.”

A white paper about AGV systems in manufacturing is available for download at http://lead.daifukuwebb.com/assembly-white-paper-download .

About Jervis B. Webb Company

Jervis B. Webb Company is a subsidiary of Daifuku North America Holding Company , a leading developer of innovative material handling technology such as Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS), conveyors , baggage handling systems , bulk handling systems , cleanroom systems and airport maintenance services. Daifuku North America consists of Daifuku America Corporation , Jervis B. Webb Company , Elite Line Services , Logan Teleflex, Inc., and Wynright Corporation.   Daifuku North America specializes in the design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and service of integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, semiconductor, LCD equipment, food/beverage, bulk, warehousing and manufacturing industries. Daifuku North America is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., with manufacturing locations throughout North America.

SAMTM is a trademark of the Jervis B. Webb Company.
SmartCart® is a registered trademark of the Jervis B. Webb Company.