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Seegrid AGV Solution for Hearth and Home Technologies See Reduced Costs

Seegrid AGV Solution for Hearth and Home Technologies See Reduced Costs


Pittsburgh, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/16/2013 -- Seegrid, maker of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), was selected as preferred solution for Hearth & Home Technologies of Lakeville, MN. The world’s leading producer and installer of hearth products was looking for ways to improve quality and gain efficiencies. Hearth & Home Technologies was challenged to reduce travel time and costs associated with the delivery of parts to its manufacturing assembly locations.

Using Seegrid Robotic Industrial Trucks and the patented, vision-guided WalkThruThenWork technology, Hearth & Home Technologies experienced many benefits including:

- No costly expansion or redesign of the warehouse
- Fast and effective deployment within hours instead of days
- No wire guides, magnets, lasers or engineers to make changes or service
- Ability to change routes quickly and easily
- Easy to train existing employees with very little time or effort
-Vehicle and route control in operations hands
- Cost effective investment with lower Total Cost of Ownership
- Facilitates lean process initiatives and optimization

Dave Richmond, Continuous Improvement Manager at Hearth & Home Technologies commented, “The Seegrid Robotic Industrial Truck gives us much more flexibility and is much easier to use and maintain than our other AGV’s. We can accommodate product flow changes basically on the fly. With the Seegrid Robotic Industrial Truck, we can add or change a route in about an hour versus days. Because it’s simple to manage, our production operators can do their own troubleshooting, helping to reduce our service and maintenance costs.”

Seegrid’s Robotic Industrial Trucks were quickly accepted by the operations staff and allowed Hearth & Home Technologies flexibility that they immediately turned into savings and efficiencies, including easy to change routes in less than one hour and not days. Operators do their own trouble shooting which reduces cost and downtime and improves serviceability.

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Seegrid Corporation ( provides simple, affordable, flexible vision-guided automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to the material handling industry. Seegrid robotic industrial trucks, flexible AGVs, are revolutionizing the movement of materials in manufacturing and distribution environments. Seegrid automated pallet trucks and tow tractors optimize workflow processes by increasing productivity and reducing costs, creating economic and operational advantages. Robotic industrial trucks deliver a rapid return on investment, improve facility safety, and reduce equipment and product damage. Seegrid recently received the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year award by the Pittsburgh Business Times, as well as the Gold Medal Award at the WBT Innovation Marketplace 2013 competitive event. Fast Company magazine named Seegrid as one of the Top 50 World’s Most Innovative Company in 2013 and among the Top 10 World’s Most Innovative Robotics Company in 2013. Follow Seegrid Corporation on Twitter at @Seegrid.

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