Vecna Robotics, the autonomous mobile robot and workflow orchestration company, today unveiled its autonomous counterbalanced fork truck, a highly versatile, safe, intelligent and integrated pallet-handling solution. The first in the company’s Silverback Series of counterbalanced fork trucks, this next-generation AMR offers vertical lift of up to 72” to help distribution, warehousing, and manufacturing organizations move a wider range of payloads and pallet types, lift inventory to and from equipment, and seamlessly work alongside other materials handling vehicles and human workers to improve efficiency and throughput.
The autonomous mobile robot (AMR) segment is expected to reach $6.8 billion by 2025, according to Frost & Sullivan. The demand is generated from warehouse operators who need flexible automation systems and solutions that allow them to easily and intelligently move pallets at varying heights, weights, and sizes throughout a facility.
“This is an opportunity to rethink your operations and achieve higher throughput than ever before,” said Daniel Theobald, founder and CEO, Vecna Robotics. “The autonomous counterbalanced fork truck is the next-generation of pallet handling designed for greater versatility and intelligent operational efficiency for organizations. Our new autonomous counterbalanced fork truck allows customers to automate entire workflow processes from end-to-end. This is the future of robot automation and we’re excited to be the trailblazer.”
Maximum Throughput, Safety and Control for Warehousing and Distribution
Vecna Robotics' autonomous fork truck is a fully integrated solution that works alongside human operators for improved productivity in dynamic industrial environments. The autonomous counterbalanced fork truck includes dynamic obstacle avoidance to navigate warehouses easily and safely and is compliant with industry regulations such as the ANSI B56.5-2019.
The autonomous fork truck delivers powerful applications that streamline materials handling and logistics operations, including:
- Flexible Pallet Handling: Supports pallets of varying sizes and weights, including empty, partial, full, irregular, and double-stacked, with and without bottom boards
- Warehouse Material Hauling: Moves pallets floor-to-floor in a facility, including delivering pallets to staging locations within aisles
- Induction, Extraction, and Sortation: Hands off pallets to and from materials handling equipment like conveyors, carts and wrappers
- Opportunistic Material Handling: Transports empty pallets, dunnage, or trash on an as-needed basis
The new solution also leverages Vecna Robotics’ orchestration engine Pivotal, which analyzes an organization’s operations and adjusts processes accordingly, ensuring every facet performs optimally in real-time. Pivotal shares information across people, robots and systems, and integrates with existing warehouse management solutions.