Hy-Tek and AHS Host Innovation Lab Grand Opening in Kentucky

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Material Handling by Hy-Tek and Advanced Handling Systems (AHS)a Hy-Tek material handling company that are full-service integrators for automated fulfillment and distribution solutions, announced yesterday the grand opening of its newly renovated 20,000-square-foot innovation lab.

Among the audience were Mayor Jessica Fette, customers, prospects and other local government officials. The Erlanger, Ken. event coincided with the Package Fulfillment, Logistics and Delivery Expo, which was held yesterday and today in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear congratulated Hy-Tek | AHS and thanked the company leaders for their commitment to the community.

“As we work to build an economy that works for all Kentucky residents, high-tech jobs will play an increasingly important role in this effort,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. “This investment by AHS and Hy-Tek will create quality jobs in northern Kentucky and support the growth of distribution and logistics, one of our state’s key thriving industries. Many thanks to the company leaders for their commitment to the community. I look forward to seeing what’s next for AHS and Hy-Tek in Kentucky.”

“With Hy-Tek’s unveiling of the Innovation Lab comes a new evolution in the way we serve our customers,” said Dave Tavel, senior vice president of sales at AHS. “The future of our industry will depend on the new technologies that we integrate, test and evaluate in our laboratory. We are constantly exploring new and better ways to solve our customers’ challenges. It’s an exciting time for our industry as the demands for quality and speed increase; the need to use robotics will be commonplace. Our focus will be on supplementing the existing workforce, reducing the physical demands of jobs and driving quality for the industry. The next 50 years start today!”

The lab, which has hosted over 25 customers and prospects over the past six months, features warehouse robotic systems that solve many of the problems businesses face today. These technologies include autonomous mobile robots, collaborative robotic arms, robotic sorting solutions, full goods-to-person systems, and more to come in the future as the companies’ partnerships and innovations continue to expand.

“Our strategic journey to focus on innovative technology began over four years ago,” said Zac Boehm, vice president of innovation and technology at AHS. “Over the years we have researched many different robot manufacturers and focused on technologies that make a difference for our current and future customers. By focusing on Exotec, Caja and Tompkins Robotics, we can test and pair solutions together in our innovation lab to demonstrate value to the industry.”

Earlier this year, AHS was acquired by Hy-Tek Holdings, a materials handling automation integrator that maintains a separate facility in Hebron. After acquiring Johnson Stephens Consulting, World Source, Fascor, BP Controls and most recently AHS, Hy-Tek now offers its customers a comprehensive set of solutions.

“Hy-Tek /AHS is the only systems integrator in North America to integrate robotic offerings from Exotec and Caja Robotics systems,” said Donnie Johnson, President of Integrated Systems at Hy-Tek. “Robotics is growing rapidly in e-commerce and distribution in our industry. Hy-Tek can provide end-to-end solutions for our valued customer base. Our customers prefer working with Hy-Tek/AHS because of our broad product offering and extensive design-build capabilities.”

With a universal location with all technologies, Hy-Tek | AHS offers customers the opportunity to personally experience and test solutions that optimize their supply chain process.

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