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Yale unveils pantograph robotic lift truck

Capable of autonomously depositing and retrieving loads from locations as high as 30 feet


April 9, 2019
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A combination of sensors and 3D cameras for precision and effectiveness at higher-level storage locations.

CHICAGO – Yale’s new offering, unveiled at ProMat 2019, is a robotic reach truck, dual-mode pantograph robotic lift truck capable of autonomously depositing and retrieving loads from locations as high as 30 feet and reaching into double-deep storage. Yale claims it is an industry-first product.

The JBT-intelligent robotic reach truck uses a combination of sensors and 3D cameras for precision and effectiveness at higher-level storage locations, capable of exceeding the productivity of operator-driven trucks.

“At ProMat, attendees expect the latest, most advanced solutions to help them cope with labour challenges and the realities of an e-commerce-driven supply chain,” said Mick McCormick, vice-president, robotics and automation, Yale Materials Handling Corporation.

“The robotic reach truck’s ability to go as high as 30 feet opens up a wide range of new tasks for automation, enabling operations to maximize utilization of robotic solutions and achieve return on investment faster than ever.”

The robotic reach truck is the first model to come to market through Yale collaborating with JBT to push the frontier of advanced robotic solutions in warehousing and manufacturing.

The dual-mode pantograph robotic reach truck is the first such model available in North America and joins Yale’s well-established dual-mode robotic lift truck lineup. This includes robotic tow tractor, end rider and counterbalanced stacker models, all of which are fully commercialized, available for purchase and deployed in the field for end users.

Yale robotic lift trucks use infrastructure-free navigation technology, which requires no installation of wires, magnets or tape. Instead, they use existing structural features like walls, pillars or racking for navigation to enable easy route adjustment and faster startup at reduced cost compared to traditional automated guided vehicles. When necessary, operators can switch Dual-Mode Yale robotic lift trucks to manual mode to handle excess volume or other unexpected demands.