Pittsburgh, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/24/2014 -- Seegrid Corporation, maker of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), was featured in Modern Materials Handling. Seegrid announced its strategic partnership with Topco Associates LLC, a $12.3 billion cooperative and leader in the grocery/supermarket industry, to provide vision-guided automated guided vehicles to Topco members.
Seegrid produces robotic vision-guided AGVs for materials handling, including pallet trucks, tow tractors, and walkie stackers. Seegrid’s systems employ vision based navigation technology that requires no fixed infrastructure – including wires, lasers, tapes, or magnets - for guidance.
Topco member Giant Eagle, a supermarket chain, has been employing Seegrid systems for approximately five years in their retail support centers. According to Giant Eagle representatives, the use of Seegrid robots has improved dock-to-stock speed and productivity in the company’s retail support center operation. ROI was quick. They continue, “From an efficiency standpoint, we have reduced manned travel from putaway by 20-30% and increased hi-lift pallet per hour by 20%.”
Seegrid’s AGV solutions, while not necessarily “disruptive,” are certainly innovative. More importantly, the systems are field proven, both in terms of robustness and actual, quantifiable business benefits (as the lengthy Giant Eagle implementation demonstrates). The announcement of a formal Seegrid / Topco partnership indicates Seegrid AGV installations will increase significantly as systems are extended into other Topco member companies (supermarket retailers, food wholesalers, foodservice providers and others). Both Seegrid and Topco partners will benefit.
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Seegrid Corporation (www.seegrid.com) is the global leader of robotic vision-guided automated guided vehicles (AGVs). Seegrid AGVs are revolutionizing the movement of materials handling in manufacturing and distribution environments with simplicity, flexibility, and affordability. Robotic pallet trucks, tow tractors, and walkie stackers optimize workflow processes by increasing productivity and reducing labor and operating costs, creating economic and operational advantages. Seegrid AGVs improve workplace safety, reduce equipment and product damage, and deliver a rapid return on investment. The company’s state-of-the-art navigation technology requires no infrastructure for navigation—no wires, lasers, tapes, or magnets.
Guided by Seegrid partnerships with leading global industrial truck manufacturers provide businesses with a choice when selecting a brand of robotic vision-guided AGVs. Seegrid and Guided by Seegrid products are available in North America and Europe.
In addition to the 2014 Edison Award, Seegrid was named Manufacturer of the Year and the Food Logistics Top 100 software and technology providers. Follow on Twitter @Seegrid.