Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Feeling Pressure to Innovate for Future Growth

Seegrid, the pioneer and leader in three-dimensional vision navigation, fulfills the innovation pressures that many industries face. For example, the aerospace and defense (A&D) sector is facing increased pressure to continuously innovate and increase airplane productivity, while also reducing labor and operating costs. Achieving all these targets requires a large, specialized workforce. A&D executives are feeling the pressure to simultaneously produce innovative products, control costs, and plan for future growth to stay ahead of this increasingly competitive market.

The A&D industry finds itself in an interesting predicament: needing to produce innovative products to stay competitive, but lacking the talent needed to do so. To resolve this dilemma, A&D companies are increasingly turning to automation, especially vision guided vehicles (VGVs), which autonomously navigate their surroundings.

Whereas humans are unpredictable – taking breaks and making mistakes – their robotic coworkers are anything but. As many A&D companies have found, VGVs guarantee a workforce that shows up every day, consistently GT10 executing on the company’s materials handling needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For United Technologies Corporation (UTC), investment in Seegrid’s vision guided vehicles meant important flexibility gains. “VGVs from Seegrid have out of the box functionality and can be safely deployed across our operations without the need for any reengineering or infrastructure upgrades,” said Michael Thompson II, Lean Transformation Leader at UTC. As A&D operations change and expand, companies like UTC depend on the flexibility of VGVs, deploying vehicles to another line or facility and putting them to work with simple in-house re-training.

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About Seegrid

Seegrid ( 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 is leading the Industry 4.0, Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), with driverless vehicles collecting data to optimize manufacturing and distribution productivity, throughput, and predictive analytics.

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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