Raymond unveils recipients of research funding

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by Emily Atkins

The Raymond Corporation has selected three research proposals to receive funding through The Raymond Corporation University Research Program. Through the program, professors and student researchers are encouraged to apply their engineering and technical research to discover innovative solutions for the material handling industry. 

After reviewing innovative research ideas from more than 20 universities, Raymond selected three proposals to receive financial support. The research proposals selected for funding are: 

  • RetroLifts: Low-cost Forklift Retrofits for Scalable Autonomous Brownfield Deployments
    • Proposal Author: Associate Professor Rahul Mangharam, University of      Pennsylvania (Penn Engineering)
  • Real-time Mixed Human-Robot Teaming using Digital Twins
    • Proposal Author: Associate Dean and Professor Silvia Ferrari, Cornell University
  • Framework for Effective Human-AMR Communication
    • Proposal Author: Associate Professor Clark Hochgraf, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

The University Research Program helps to drive the next generation of technology for the supply chain, logistics and material handling industries. The mission is to encourage professors and researchers to apply their knowledge of engineering and technical fields, drawing synergies and collaboration between collegiate research and The Raymond Corporation.  

The University Research Program has funded 18 projects from 20 universities, totalling more than US$5 million in funding. The selected applicants have been evaluated on several criteria, including their possible impact on the future of the material handling industry, timeline and feasibility of budget.  

“Our University Research Program embodies Raymond’s steadfast dedication to empowering the future leaders of the material handling industry,” said Mike Field, president and CEO of The Raymond Corporation.

“By collaborating with the brightest minds in academia, we aim to tackle present-day obstacles while pioneering innovative technologies and automated solutions that will shape the industry’s trajectory for years. We eagerly anticipate the transformative contributions these individuals will bring to the forefront of our industry.” 

The University Research Program will begin accepting one page concept papers this summer with applications due by the end of October for the 2025 program.