Optimising the automotive supply chain for leaner processes

Automotive Supply Chain

The world’s leading Tier 1 automotive suppliers trust MasterMover electric tugs to drive operational efficiency in the movement of parts, components and equipment.

MasterTug MT300 moving components for Continental during manufacturing

The challenges of meeting OEM demand

For Tier 1 suppliers maximising operational efficiency to meet OEM order quotas is critical. However, with intralogistics processes still often reliant on a combination of manual handling and traditional material handling equipment such as forklifts and ride-on-tows, there are opportunities to streamline processes to increase efficiency.

Unlocking efficient intralogistics for automotive tier 1 suppliers

Our electric tugs allow a single operator to efficiently move heavy loads such as kitting trolleys, injection mould tools and parts. With no operator license required, there’s no wasted time in waiting for a licensed driver, maximising productivity and production flow. Electric tugs facilitate quicker mould and tool changeovers and the just-in-time delivery of parts lineside.

The benefits of electric tugs for tier 1 automotive

Enabling tier 1 suppliers to improve workplace safety and accelerate operational efficiency, electric tugs are trusted to move loads such as interiors, body panels, parts and tooling across throughout production processes.

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    Accelerate efficiency

    Internal transportation is a non-value-adding process. License-free electric tugs streamline the movement of loads to reduce downtime and maximise efficiency. 

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    Moving materials just-in-time

    Electric tugs deliver the safe and efficient movement of parts, components and materials just-in-time, enhancing lean processes.

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    Focus on value-adding tasks

    Eliminating manual handling and reliance on cumbersome material handling equipment, electric tugs empower staff to focus on value-adding tasks, improving productivity.

Our range of automotive electric tugs

Toyota AGV electric tug

AGV Systems – Case Study

Toyota accelerates efficiency with an AGV system

A world leader in its field, the automotive manufacturer has achieved return on investment and improved operational efficiency when moving parts to the production line…

Learn how Toyota Motor Manufacturing used an AGV system to automate its driving processes.

Trusted by global tier 1 automotive suppliers 

Leading global tier 1 automotive suppliers trust MasterMover electric tugs to safely move parts, components and equipment – maximising production efficiency and enhancing lean manufacturing processes.

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Process times have decreased. In the past, we lost time from manual handling. The process is now much quicker. We have reduced the time lost between press die changeovers. Our production efficiency is increasing

Your Questions, Answered - FAQs

What are electric tugs used to move in the automotive supply chain?   

Across the industry, electric tow tugs are used to move a wide variety of equipment and components such as:

  • Transmissions, drive shafts & axles
  • Powertrains
  • Interiors, lighting & safety systems
  • Kitting trolleys 
  • Body panels & chassis
  • Injection mould tools & press tools
What types of control options are available?  

Electric tugs are available with multiple control options designed to maximise safety and efficiency. 

  • Pedestrian operated electric tugs allow a single operator to safely manoeuvre even the heaviest loads with confidence, removing manual handling and reliance on forklift trucks.  
  • Remote control operation is available to deliver maximum visibility by allowing operators to take up the ideal vantage point when moving loads, facilitating the seamless movement of loads in congested areas. 
  • Automated AGV electric tugs remove the need for an operator, automating the movement of heavy loads to maximise efficiency and resource utilisation.   
Is an operator license or training required?   

No, unlike lifting equipment such as forklift trucks and cranes, an electric tug does not require a license to operate. A license-free operation reduces downtime and maximises operational efficiency, reducing wasted time waiting for a licensed driver.    

Minimal training is required to safely operate an electric tug and we offer training packages to suit every requirement.      

How are electric tugs powered?

Electric tugs are battery powered, with interchangeable batteries or lithium options available, electric tugs can deliver 24/7 operation to keep your processes moving.

Offering zero emissions from the point of use, electric tugs are ideally suited for indoor use, replacing internal combustion engine (ICE) powered equipment such as forklifts or tow tractors.   

We're here to help 

If you’re looking to improve safety, remove the risk of injury and unlock greater operational efficiency, we’re here to help. Speak to our team to discuss your application.