Automotive supplier Brose is actively using ground-breaking technology to optimise its logistics operation, improve efficiencies and win new business on future model launches.
Providers of seat structures and window regulators to Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota, Brose has announced its nearly £2 million investment over the last 2 years into the introduction of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) that will aim to speed up the movement of finished goods and eliminate any prospect of human error.
The factory in Colliery Lane in Coventry has said that it has fully embraced driverless vehicle technology, with AGVs expected to make more than 650,000 different journeys every year in seat production.
Steve Wilkins, Managing Director of Brose UK said, ‘The automotive sector is extremely demanding and there is a continuous need to produce parts quicker and react to fluctuating patterns in demand – logistics is crucial to us being able to achieve this.’
‘Coventry was chosen as one of the pilot locations due to the compelling business case we put forward for helping us to win future contracts.’
‘AGVs have little downtime and operate at a fixed rate so it is easier to plan operational activity. In addition, they are computer controlled, which eliminates human errors in terms of damage to the facility, spillage to inventory and improved safety of pedestrians,’ said Wilkins.