Raymond introduces 3020 tow tractor automated lift truck in collaboration with Seegrid

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The Raymond Corporation, in collaboration with Seegrid Corporation, has introduced its Raymond Courier 3020 tow tractor automated lift truck, which 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 lb, 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 repetitive and time-consuming hauls that are labor intensive.

“Raymond Courier automated lift trucks use the company’s patented 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.

“Designed with flexibility in mind, the Raymond Courier automated lift trucks are equipped with Seegrid’s unparalleled Vision technology for automated guidance, and its ergonomic design and arch shape enhance operator performance.”

The Raymond Courier 3020 features the Raymond ACR System, which delivers longer battery life with precise speed control, less downtime, and reduced cost of ownership. 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 with entirely manual vehicles to ensure optimal usage of each type of vehicle.

iWarehouse, in conjunction with Seegrid’s Supervisor software, provides the most robust tracking and reporting of mixed-technology fleets in the industry, 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 powerful 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.”

November 18, 2016

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