Automated tow tractor

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

alt_tow_tractor_1_high_res-283x300GREENE, New York—The Raymond Corporation, in collaboration with Seegrid Corporation, has introduced the Raymond Courier 3020 tow tractor automated lift truck.

The new truck is designed to automate horizontal towing in a number of operations, including the transfer of parts to production lines, and finished goods to warehouse facilities.

Towing up to 10,000 pounds, the Raymond Courier 3020 combines Seegrid’s expertise in automation with Raymond’s end-to-end warehouse solutions and lift truck proficiency for a combined answer to the industry need for automating labour-intensive, repetitive and time-consuming hauls.

“Raymond Courier automated lift trucks use Raymond’s rPort technology, which allows for an open architecture with a standardized interface. The result is a standard Raymond lift truck with both man-on and man-off automated functionality for handling peak loading needs,” said Chris Merta, product manager of automated products at The Raymond Corporation. “The automated lift trucks are equipped with Seegrid’s Vision technology for automated guidance.”

The Raymond Courier 3020 uses the Raymond ACR System, which delivers longer battery life. With the addition of the iWAREHOUSE fleet management system, customers gain even greater visibility into their automated and manual mixed fleets. Time in automated mode (man-off) versus manual mode (man-on) is measured and reported through iWAREHOUSE and can be compared to entirely manual vehicles to ensure optimal usage of each type of vehicle.

iWAREHOUSE, in conjunction with Seegrid’s Supervisor software, provides tracking and reporting of mixed-technology fleets, optimizing uptime by reporting unit status of the combined fleet. Seegrid’s Supervisor software provides an intuitive yet robust business rule framework for easily integrating automation into existing operational systems.

“Seegrid’s collaboration with Raymond represents the next step toward Industry 4.0, the industrial revolution combining the power of automation technology with the insight of big data. In this new industrial environment, intelligent, driverless vehicles operate collaboratively alongside their human colleagues,” said Jeff Christensen, vice president of products for Seegrid. “Our Vision technology enables vehicles like the Raymond Courier 3020 to autonomously perform the time-consuming task of moving product across the warehouse floor, freeing up employees to focus on higher-value operations.”