Pittsburgh, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/16/2016 -- Seegrid, the pioneer and leader in vision-based autonomous industrial vehicles, is the key to increased productivity for Giant Eagle. The retailer uses Seegrid vision-guided, autonomous vehicles to increase productivity at distribution centers was recently profiled in NetworkWorld magazine.
For Pittsburgh-based retailer Giant Eagle, the key to making that happen is to operate vision-guided, autonomous vehicles—robots—in its distribution centers. By eliminating manned travel of pallet trucks in its Pittsburgh and Cleveland grocery distribution centers, Giant Eagle increased productivity between 10 percent and 30 percent, said Joe Hurley, senior vice president of supply chain at Giant Eagle.
The company operates between two and four Seegrid vision-guided vehicles in each facility per day, per shift. They're used to haul freight from the front dock (inbound freight) to the particular aisle where a manned high-lift vehicle then puts the product into a reserve rack. And they do this continually 24/7.
The functionality of the Seegrid vehicles helps keep the order and allows for maximized productivity, said Jeff Christensen, vice president of product and services at Pittsburgh-based Seegrid. Unlike traditional, automated guided vehicles that use in-ground guide wires, paint on the floor, or reflectors and are restricted to specific paths, Seegrid's vehicles can travel anywhere in a warehouse. Companies do not have to modify their infrastructure to operate them.
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Seegrid (http://www.seegrid.com) provides unique and revolutionary automation technology for materials handling. Engineered with state-of-the-art Seegrid Vision, industrial trucks are transformed into the next generation of AGVs: vision guided vehicles (VGVs). VGVs navigate without wires, lasers, magnets, or tape, and deliver unmatched flexibility. Designed for simplicity and reliability, the Seegrid flexible automation solution is offered in a line of pallet trucks and tow tractors.
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