August 9, 2021
Vecna Robotics, the autonomous mobile robot (AMR) and workflow orchestration company, announced a partnership with Alta Material Handling (Alta MH). This partnership allows Alta MH to offer high-capacity AMRs to customers looking to purchase robotic material handling vehicles. Through this collaboration, more companies will be able to integrate automated pallet movement into their distribution, warehousing and manufacturing operations. Alta MH is now able to offer the only pallet-handling AMRs equipped with obstacle avoidance, path planning and independent pallet pick-up.
Today, less than 1% of the millions of material handling vehicles in the U.S. are automated. With over 1.8 billion pallets in daily circulation and an ongoing shortage of industrial workers, the need for robotic material handling vehicles is apparent. Together, Alta Material Handling and Vecna Robotics will meet customer demand by automating the high frequency pallet handling that takes place in distribution centers, warehouses and manufacturing facilities across the country.
Alta MH established an “Emerging Technology” group in January of 2020 in response to the industry’s rapid adoption of autonomous mobile robots, artificial intelligence, IOT and lithium and hydrogen power sources. This innovative approach is blind to specific solutions and takes a holistic approach to assessing technology. Alta’s methodical evaluation of current market offerings led to a partnership with Vecna Robotics, marking a powerful addition to the Alta MH portfolio.
Joe Bollman, manager of Alta Robotics at AMH, explains the factors that make Vecna Robotics the best candidate for this expansion. “We’re excited for the potential of this partnership, particularly as we see demand for AMRs grow among our customer base as they learn more about the difference between AGVs and AMRs,” said Bollman, “Customers are asking for features like the ability to reroute in real-time and navigate freely around obstacles – a more viable, safe and flexible option for many. In today’s world, autonomous robotic material handling solutions are a crucial component to helping organizations keep pace with the demands of the industry and offset labor shortages. Expanding our offerings with Vecna Robotics’ solutions aligns with Alta’s focus on serving our customers with the most innovative and best-in-class materials handling equipment on the market.”
Alta MH will spec, sell and service Vecna Robotics’ full range of automated pallet transfer vehicles, which includes self-driving forklifts, pallet trucks and tow trucks. The AMRs work seamlessly alongside both other materials handling vehicles and human workers to improve efficiency and throughput.
“We’re eager to kick off this partnership with Alta Material Handling, as the company has a deep knowledge of customer needs and an innovative outlook,” said Matthew Cherewka, director of business development and strategy at Vecna Robotics. “With Alta’s extensive reach and long-held reputation for quality products and service, we are pleased to work alongside them to expand their offerings and deploy our solutions nationwide.”
Vecna Robotics’ AMRs use Pivotal™, an intelligent software that orchestrates the routes of both robots and humans to ensure that the right resource is in the right place at the right time. This solution is able to analyze an organization’s operations in real time and can dynamically adjust workflows for maximum efficiency.
Alta Material Handling will be conducting live demonstrations of Vecna Robotics’ AMRs at the Innovate 21 Expo on October 14, 2021 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. For more information, follow Vecna Robotics on LinkedIn or get in touch here.