Pittsburgh, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/26/2014 -- Seegrid’s Chief Growth Officer, Michael Hasco, told Handling & Storage Solutions (HSS) editor Simon Duddy about the AGV company’s European expansion plans. Seegrid launched its GT45 tow tractor at the recent LogiMAT exhibition as well as the Guided by Seegrid P50 C tow tractor.
Seegrid and Guided by Seegrid vehicles navigate using proprietary and patented technology, a software-intensive visual solution, converting standard manned pallet trucks, forklifts and tow tractors into unmanned, vision-guided flexible AGVs that navigate without lasers, wire guides, or magnetic tape.
The technology allows vehicles to see their environment, map it in a virtual grid, and guide the vehicles. The unmanned AGVs then navigate freely and autonomously without reliance on external infrastructure, and with no modifications required in the facility.
AGVs have arguably been falling out of favor as they are perceived to be inflexible. Once you put wires into the facility, you are married to the layout, and as businesses are dynamic, it is helpful to be able to change warehouse layout when necessary.
Hasco explained, "We use visual technology only. It can be changed quickly, so it is much easier for companies to step into this kind of automation. We can bring the technology to your facility so you can try it before you buy it. We are working on technology to allow the AGVs to go into the racking. We’ll have it in 12 months if not sooner. It’s just about creating another execution of the software. I don’t see any stumbling block, it’s more that we have been focused on the low hanging fruit.”
Attendees can visit the Seegrid stand at CeMAT 2014 May 19-23, 2014. Seegrid will be exhibiting at Hall 27, Booth H12. Guided by Seegrid flexible AGVs utilize vision-guided technology for navigation, with no changes to the infrastructure. The innovative technology allows vehicles to be trained and deployed in a warehouse, distribution center, or manufacturing facility quickly and efficiently, eliminating non-value-added repetitive tasks. The vision system provides operators complete route flexibility, as the AGV routing can be re-programmed in a matter of minutes supporting the up-to-date needs of every facility.
Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Seegrid (http://www.seegrid.com), the prognosis for continued growth for Seegrid is exceptional, and whether developing robotic vision-guided solutions for manufacturing, warehousing or distribution centers; follow Seegrid Corporation on Twitter at @Seegrid.
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