February 16, 2017
MM&D Online Staff
Seegrid robots working in a manufacturing facility
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania—Seegrid, which builds vision guided autonomous vehicles for materials handling, has sold a new fleet of vision guided vehicles (VGVs) to one of the largest automotive manufacturer. With this purchase, the automotive manufacturer has more than doubled the number of VGVs being used across its manufacturing facilities compared to the previous year, with an increase of 128 percent.
Seegrid VGVs have been used in the automotive industry for more than a decade. VGVs are able to navigate complex, crowded manufacturing environments working alongside humans as well as other autonomous robots.
VGVs do not require infrastructure such as wires, magnets, or tape, and they navigate without inflexible laser technology. Seegrid Vision technology allows for flexible and quick route alterations to support the ever-changing automotive manufacturing facilities.
Automotive manufacturers utilize Seegrid VGVs in a variety of applications to reduce costs, improve safety, and boost throughput productivity.
Key automotive VGV applications include:
- Raw material transportation from a warehouse or staging area to pressline or machine where parts are manufactured.
- Distribution of manufactured parts from the docks or machine to the warehouse or staging area.
- Parts-to-line delivery of products from dock, staging area, or warehouse assembly line.
- Outbound movement of final assembly parts from assembly line to warehouse or outbound dock.
According to the Center for Automotive Research, automakers have invested more than US$80 billion over the past six years in their US operations, with technology playing a significant role in that investment. Data-rich sensor technologies like VGVs will continue their rise in manufacturing as companies look to shift the supply chain from a cost center to a profit centre.