Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Autonomous material handling vehicle technology company Seegrid has sold a second fleet of vision guided vehicles (VGVs) to a major automaker. With this purchase, the automotive manufacturer has more than doubled the number of VGVs being used across its manufacturing facilities compared to the year prior.
According to the American Automotive Policy Council, U.S. automotive sales have increased by more than 67% since 2009, up from 10.4 million to 17.4 million last year. Seegrid VGVs have been critical to sustaining this significant year-over-year growth, having supported the automotive industry for more than a decade. VGVs can 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 use Seegrid VGVs in a variety of applications to reduce costs, improve safety, and boost throughput productivity.
“We have always been committed to delivering systems that meet our customers’ needs,” says Seegrid CEO Jim Rock. “There will be a renewed focus on innovation and manufacturing in the U.S. auto industry as we continue to reshore jobs, reversing four decades of outsourcing, and we look forward to working with our customers to find new ways to streamline processes across the manufacturing sector.”
Seegrid’s management software, Seegrid Supervisor, enables automated vehicles to capture, report, and share data analytics across an entire operation. Supervisor empowers automotive plant managers to take full control over their robotic workforce; this seamless integration between hardware and software enables Seegrid’s customers to tackle the toughest Industry 4.0 initiatives.
According to the Center for Automotive Research, automakers have invested more than $80 billion over the past six years in their U.S. 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 center.