UCA teams with Vecna Robotics on autonomous material handling

UCA teams with Vecna Robotics on autonomous material handling

12.13.19

WALTHAM, Mass. — Vecna Robotics, a provider of autonomous material handling solutions, said today that it is teaming with UniCarriers Americas Corp., or UCA, a maker of material handling equipment that is a subsidiary Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Vecna Robotics and UCA are collaborating on a line of autonomous material handling vehicles for warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing environments.

Vecna Robotics plans to integrate its autonomous navigation technology, learning algorithms, and workflow orchestration software into UCA vehicles, turning them into autonomous mobile robots. These AMRs will be capable of moving bulk material through dynamic warehouse environments.

The new line will also feature autonomous tuggers and lift trucks capable of vertical and horizontal movements with material up to 10,000 pounds. Renderings of the new autonomous pallet jack will be on display at Vecna Robotics HQ Reveal and Insider Showcase on Sept. 26.

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“Vecna Robotics’ collaboration with UCA has come at the perfect time,” said Michael Baier, director of hardware engineering at Vecna Robotics. “Our customer base is rapidly expanding. Companies are no longer asking themselves if they should automate; they are now looking at when to automate and the sooner, the better. Partnering with an industrial vehicle design expert like UCA helps us provide our customers with exceptional products and meet demand without skipping a beat.”

The fleet with UCA will also feature Vecna’s pivot.al orchestration system. Pivot.al is an AI-based fleet manager that distributes and redistributes work amongst humans, robots, and standard automation based on capabilities, location, and operational priorities, said Vecna. Pivot.al redesigns workflows, mixing and matching assignments based on the unique capabilities of humans and robots in real-time to ensure current operational processes align with current operational needs, according to the company.

Read the full article in The Robot Report.