DETROIT – Ten years from now, forklift trucks – and the accidents with which they’re associated – will be a rarity in automotive plants, safety experts predict. AGVs move materials by towing. Auto makers slowly are moving toward “fork-free” work environments, says Dennis M. Graham, Ford Motor Co. global manager-material handling, safety, equipment and compliance. Expect automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to dominate aisles that have for decades been shared by assemblers and the ...

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