The current issue of Automation.com featured manufacturing journalist, TR Cutler talked about the past-paced, ever-changing elements of automation impacting manufacturing, material handling, and logistics. Industrial Truck Association President, Jeff Rufener, predicted that by 2025 fully automated and guided vehicles will account for 50% of industrial truck sales.
Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Seegrid (http://www.Seegrid.com) flexible automated guided vehicles (AGVs), the cutting edge robotic industry truck leader, has seen a 350% increase in sales since 2012 and an 1860% increase in lead generation. From automotive to appliances, the prognosis for Seegrid growth is extraordinary.
Seegrid, Linde Material Handling, and Europe 2014
Seegrid has partnered with the leading industrial truck OEM, Linde Material Handling, to provide Guided by Seegrid flexible automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to the materials handling industry in Europe. Guided by Seegrid flexible AGVs utilize vision-guided technology for navigation. The innovative technology allows vehicles to be trained and deployed in a warehouse or manufacturing facility quickly and efficiently, eliminating non-value-added repetitive tasks. The vision system provides operators complete route flexibility. AGV routing can be re-programmed in a matter of minutes supporting the up-to-date needs of every facility.
Unlike traditional AGVs, which require lasers, laser reflectors, wire guides, and magnetic tape, flexible Guided by Seegrid AGVs operate at a significantly lower cost per hour and can be maintained and serviced by in-house maintenance staff.
With rapidly rising labor and operating costs, Guided by Seegrid vehicles are used to decrease costs while improving operational productivity and efficiency. Vehicle operators use the AGVs in both automatic and manual modes. Flexible AGVs decrease employee injuries and product damage while increasing facility safety.
“The utilization of world-class robotic technology is gaining more importance among manufacturing and material handling leaders in Europe and worldwide,” said Michael Hasco, Chief Growth Officer for Seegrid.
Seegrid provides the European market with innovative and flexible automation in vision-guided AGVs. Seegrid flexible AGVs, often called robotic industrial trucks, optimize workflow processes by increasing productivity, reducing costs, and creating economic operational advantages. These benefits are possible while delivering a rapid return on investment (ROI), improving facility safety, and reducing equipment and product damage.
Seegrid provides the materials handling industry in Europe simple, affordable, flexible AGVs with vision-guided technology, transforming industrial vehicles into unmanned, automated industrial trucks that operate without the need for wire, laser, tape or magnet. Seegrid vehicles can be installed with zero modifications to the environment or infrastructure.