SOURCE: Seegrid Corp.

April 22, 2008 07:00 ET

Seegrid Unveils GP8 Robotic Pallet Truck at NA 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio

Robot Automates Long-Haul Transport of Pallets in Manufacturing, Warehousing and Distribution

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - NA 2008 - Seegrid Corporation (www.seegrid.com), the premier provider of vision-guided mobile robots for the material handling industry, at NA 2008 today announced the introduction of the GP8 industrial mobile robot for material handling applications. The GP8 (General Purpose Motorized Pallet Jack, 8000 lb. capacity) transports pallets to an assigned location, automatically positions them and returns to the original starting point (or another pre-assigned location) for more work.

The GP8 employs Seegrid's Industrial Mobile Robotics (IMR) technology which enables it to move through manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations using stereo cameras to build a reliable 3D map of the environment. The vehicle then uses the map and its own reasoning ability to navigate a predetermined path to complete its assigned transport task.

"The lift truck industry grew out of the need for warehouse workers to have durable equipment to do their work effectively. Industrial mobile robotics means that the same durable equipment now can do some of the work for the warehouse workers," said Scott Friedman, CEO of Seegrid. "It allows warehouse operators to maintain their hard-learned and hard-earned best practices, while giving them a new tool to address the challenges they face today: Labor shortages, ergonomic and safety issues, and cost reduction."

The introduction of the GP8 provides fundamental automation changes to material handling organizations:

--  Reduced labor costs -- The GP8 frees up skilled workers from non value
    added transport tasks -- an expensive use of employee hours.
--  Significantly lower costs -- Software-based "brains" and controls make
    for a much simpler physical product available at a much lower cost.
--  Flexibility -- The GP8 enables step-change automation alongside
    existing work and is designed to handle on-the-floor additions and changes
    to work processes. Because the GP8 possesses simple-to-use, advanced IMR
    technology, it requires no facility modification and can be re-tasked at
    any time. Move inbound goods in the morning, move parts to manufacturing or
    packing in the afternoon, and deliver finished products on pallets during
    the night shift.
--  Lower total cost of ownership -- Step-change your automation and
    processes at your own pace. The affordable GP8 robot offers rapid payback
    with one robot. Introduce additional GP8s to scale your cost savings.
--  Safety -- The Seegrid approach is to not innovate on safety. Instead
    Seegrid adopts proven, high-end AGV safety technologies with demonstrated
    track records.
    

Visit Seegrid in Booth #2627 at NA 2008 to see the GP8 in action.

About Seegrid Corporation

Seegrid (www.seegrid.com) brings a new class of affordable industrial mobile robots to the material handling industry that operate reliably and safely in dynamic warehouse, distribution and manufacturing environments. Seegrid's robots differ from today's AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) in that the company's IMR technology is the first to provide early-stage capabilities of autonomous robot behavior with Sense, Move, Analyze, Interact and Repeat capabilities. The result -- AGV-like competence but with greater flexibility at a considerably lower cost. IMR-enabled robots provide WalkThroughThenWork™ capabilities, providing an operator with the ability to simply and easily instruct the robot along a desired path, adding behaviors such as horns and stop stations, usually in minutes. Seegrid robots literally come straight off the truck, an operator quickly inputs the path and the robot is immediately productive.

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