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A New Look at Automated Material Handling's Return on Investment

Friday, October 9, 2009

Integrated Systems and Controls (ISC) Industry Group of Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has released it's Fall 2009 Quarterly Report titled A New Look at Automated Material Handling’s Return on Investment. The report asserts that total value of ownership (TVO) is making its mark in the justification of automated systems.

By focusing on technology’s value, companies realize how a capital investment will reduce direct labor, and enable process, technology, and service innovations to the benefit of their customers.

That said, there is a shift underway in evaluating systems. Total cost of ownership (TCO) has been a prominent factor. However, Beumer’s John Sarinick, chairman of the Integrated Systems and Controls (ISC) Council of Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA), says “total value of ownership (TVO) is supplementing TCO in the ROI formula.”

View the complete report — A New Look at Automated Material Handling’s Return on Investment.

Quarterly Reports are a new information source from several Industry Groups of MHIA. Each report will focus on trends in the use of material handling and logistics equipment, such as guided vehicles or automated storage, to solve challenges in the plant and warehouse ranging from ROI to sustainability to productivity in the new economy.

Members of MHIA Industry Groups are suppliers of material handling and logistics equipment and systems. These industry experts make it their business to evaluate operational challenges and solve them efficiently and cost effectively. That makes them authoritative sources for solutions to challenges that end users face on a daily basis.

ISC is an Industry Group of MHIA. ISC members are the Industry's leading suppliers of integrated material handling and controls systems. They supply systems worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector.

MHIA is an international trade association that has represented this industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Member companies come from all areas of material handling and various parts of the world, making MHIA a strong national and international representative for the material handling industry. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product-specific sections, councils and affiliates. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat 2011 and NA 2010 to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.

Contact: For more information on MHIA activities and programming contact Carol Miller at 704-676-1190/800-345-1815.

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