Pittsburgh, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/07/2016 -- Too many AGV vendors do not show prospective customers how their product operates on a plant floor or distribution center. Seegrid knows seeing in believing. Before investing in automation, Seegrid suggests asking AGV/AGC vendors several important questions. Manufacturers are increasingly turning to automation to solve their materials handling challenges. But as many are realizing, not all AGV companies are alike. The various AGV solutions on the market have vastly different degrees of flexibility, scalability, and infrastructure requirements.
Asking if they have evidence of fleets operating in real-world facilities is essential. Step into any manufacturing or distribution trade show, and manufacturers will soon see AGVs easily navigating around booths using tape, lasers, or various other types of infrastructure. While it is certainly an impressive sight, it is a little trickier to navigate a narrow plant aisle packed with humans, forklifts, and other robots.
Before determining which AGV vendor to partner with, it is important to see the product in action. At Seegrid, potential customers are encouraged to visit a reference customer's plant. Seegrid appreciates the value in witnessing real-life applications of the technology manufacturers are about to implement in their facility. It is important to assess whether the vendor has fleets of vehicles working every day in complicated, real world environments. If the AGV vendor cannot prove real-world experience, manufacturers take on a significant amount of risk in implementing an unproven product in your facility.
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Seegrid (http://www.seegrid.com), the pioneer and leader in three-dimensional vision navigation, 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. Seegrid's vision guided vehicles were recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.
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Experience the maximum benefits of VGVs with Seegrid Supervisor to manage, monitor, and control a fleet of vehicles in context of your operation. Generating economic advantages and operational efficiencies, VGVs optimize workflow processes, increase productivity and throughput, labor optimization and operating costs. An award-winning organization, Seegrid is experiencing significant growth both in employees and clients. Multi-billion dollar organizations focused on lean manufacturing best-practices are turning to the Pittsburgh-based robotics leader. From large automotive operations to retail distribution centers, Seegrid VGVs are advancing the reality of a Fork Truck Free approach. VGVs improve workplace safety, reduce equipment and product damage, and deliver a rapid return on investment. Seegrid customers include: Whirlpool, Kahler, Walgreens, Volvo, and 3M.
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