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Material Handling April 11, 2016

Seegrid Unveils "Subway Platform" to Improve Robot-Human Coworker Interaction

Seegrid, the pioneer and leader in vision-based autonomous industrial vehicles, today announced the addition of Subway Platform displays to its Supervisor product. The displays are designed to reduce downtime in the supply chain by providing subway-style estimated-time-of-arrival (ETA) projections and data collection capabilities at each station where Seegrid's vision guided vehicles (VGVs) retrieve or deliver materials. The new feature is part of Seegrid Supervisor, the fleet management tool that enables users to remotely connect, monitor, and control their fleet of VGVs.

The Subway Platform concept was developed in coordination with Whirlpool Corporation, which uses Seegrid's vision guided pallet trucks and tow tractors to help improve safety and efficiency in its manufacturing operations. Supervisor's ETA projections improve communication and coordination between en route VGVs and their human coworkers.

"Subway Platform allows me to track our automated operations at a glance, wherever I am, without having to run a report. It displays VGV status, so assembly operators know when their materials will arrive" says Brad St. Louis, senior engineer of the materials department at Whirlpool Corporation's Clyde division. "Seegrid's commitment to partnering with Whirlpool to create this valuable solution underscores a dedication to customers and automated solutions that work collaboratively alongside humans."

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