Seegrid, makers of vision-based navigation systems, is adding the Subway Platform displays to its Seegrid Supervisor tool for remotely managing vision-guided vehicles (VGVs). Like many mass-transit systems, Subway Platform displays the estimated time of arrival (ETA). It can also collect data to help make management of VGV fleets safer and more efficient, said Jeff Christensen, VP of Products and Services.
Pittsburgh-based Seegrid developed Subway Platform with input from customer Whirlpool Corp., which uses 54 vision-guided pallet trucks and tow tractors in its factory for washing machines in Clyde, OH. “We have ongoing discussions with Whirlpool, our biggest installed base, said Christensen. “The material handling team knows where all the trucks are, but they relayed to us that operators on the floor are pulling items off carts to make 22,000 washing machines every day.”
“Subway Platform allows me to track our automated operations at a glance, wherever I am, without having to run a report,” said Brad St. Louis, Senior Engineer of the materials department at Whirlpool. “It displays VGV status, so assembly operators know when their materials will arrive.
Seegrid (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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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.
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