Jervis B. Webb Company’s Christopher Murphy Earns U.S. Patent for Synchronized Automated Guided Vehicle System

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jervis B. Webb Company - a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Company and a leading provider of innovative material handling solutions – announced today, Vice President of Software and Control Engineering, Christopher Murphy, earned a U.S. patent as sole inventor of an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) system that allows for synchronized travel.

In the patented synchronized system, AGVs travel at an equal distance continuously along a line or path. This continuous motion allows AGVs to be used in assembly operations, replacing traditional conveyor systems.  AGVs offer increased flexibility because the path can be quickly installed and modified to meet changing production needs.  AGV systems are also scalable allowing capacity to be easily increased or decreased by adding or removing vehicles.

We are fortunate to have Chris among our team of software and control engineers.  His innovative spirit of developing new systems helps us better serve our customers,” said Brian Stewart, Chairman, President & CEO of Daifuku Webb Holding Company.  “We encourage and celebrate our colleagues’ contributions, which ultimately keep us ahead in the material handling industry.”

Webb provides AGV installations for manufacturing plants and warehouses around the world.  AGVs provide optimal flexibility and are ideal for moving materials around an assembly plant or transporting goods throughout a plant or warehouse. 

A white paper about synchronized AGV systems in the manufacturing industry is available for download at

About Jervis B. Webb Company

Jervis B. Webb Company is a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Company, a leading developer of innovative material handling technology such as Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS), conveyors, baggage handling systems, bulk handling systems, cleanroom systems and airport maintenance services. Daifuku Webb consists of Daifuku America Corporation, Jervis B. Webb Company, Elite Line Services, Logan Teleflex, Inc., and Wynright Corporation.  Daifuku Webb specializes in the design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and service of integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, semiconductor, LCD equipment, food/beverage, bulk, warehousing and manufacturing industries. Daifuku Webb is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., with manufacturing locations throughout North America.

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