Jungheinrich opens automation centre in Houston

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

HOUSTON Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) has opened a Jungheinrich Automation Center at its Houston headquarters.

With more than 40,000 square-feet of dedicated space, the Automation Center allows customers to experience and see Jungheinrich’s Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) technology in person.

According to a report by LogisticsIQ, the global warehouse automation market will more than double by 2025. The high demand is driven by the need to lower increasing labour costs, while meeting the growing needs of the e-commerce sector. 

“The Jungheinrich Automation Center further demonstrates our total commitment to addressing today’s intralogistics challenges and the ever-changing needs of the North American market,” said Kai Beckhaus, president of Jungheinrich’s and MCFA’s automation joint venture, MCJ Supply Chain Solutions LLC.

“The firsthand visualization enables customers to see and determine the various ways that automation can positively impact their business. “

The Automation Center is used to help customers plan automation needs and uses live demonstrations of the Jungheinrich EZS 350a NA automated guided electric tow tractor and the EKS 215a automated guided medium-to-high-level stacker, both working independently to stack and transport materials, as well as working in concert to move loads onto carts for horizontal transportation. 

“Through the Automation Center, visitors also gain a deeper understanding of Jungheinrich’s award-winning Logistics Interface,” Beckhaus says.

“The Jungheinrich Logistics Interface is revolutionizing integration by seamlessly connecting AGVs to a warehouse management system to control, monitor and manage processes.”

Jungheinrich’s Automation Center is staffed with a team of engineers, who are responsible for designing and implementing projects from beginning to installation.

Access to the Automation Center is available upon request and can be made by contacting a Jungheinrich representative.