GE Healthcare to use Clearpath vehicles in repair centre

by MM&D Online Staff

Kitchener, Ontario—Clearpath, the developer of OTTO—a self-driving vehicle designed exclusively for material transport—has been selected to automate just-in-time parts delivery in a GE Healthcare repair facility being expanded near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“The OTTO fleet will optimize GE Healthcare’s just-in-time manufacturing process to help enable repair cells to operate at full capacity,” said Matt Rendall, chief executive officer at Clearpath Robotics.

This GE Healthcare facility is a Repair Operations Center (ROC) that repairs medical equipment, tests functionality, recycles retired equipment, manages warranty service programs, and ships qualified high quality parts to field services at locations in the United States and around the world.

The fleet of OTTO self-driving vehicles will be used to load and deliver parts to work cells for repair. Once restored, OTTO will dispatch materials to shipping for return to customers.

“Clearpath’s OTTO self-driving vehicle and intelligent technology will help us serve our customers with speed, flexibility and accuracy, and gives us the ability to scale our operations going forward,” said Patricio Espinosa, director of Repair Operations for the Americas at GE Healthcare.

OTTO provides infrastructure-free navigation, obstacle avoidance, human-safe collaboration, and a payload capacity of 3,000 lbs.

The company claims customers using OTTO self-driving vehicles typically experience a return on investment in 18 to 24 months.