Material Handling January 25, 2018
Columbia Machine Partners with OTTO Motors
Columbia Machine recently partnered with OTTO™ Motors. As a Certified OTTO Motors Integration Partner, Columbia Machine is able to incorporate the OTTO 1500 Self Driving Vehicle (SDV) into current and future applications. The OTTO 1500 is a heavy duty self-driving vehicle that is designed to move pallet loads that weight up to 3,400 pounds through dynamic working environments.
Ted Yeigh, Sales Director, states "Columbia is excited to now have a SDV to include into the palletizing solutions that Columbia provides. With more companies implementing multiple pack lines, yet having fewer workers available, the SDVs offer a more flexible means to transport loads throughout a manufacturing process."
The OTTO 1500 SDVs create free, open access to the discharge point, as well as to other equipment in the area, such as case erectors. Further, they navigate autonomously, independent of sensors embedded in the floor or laser reflectors on the walls. Instead, the vehicles use LIDAR and encoder wheels to determine their location based on a map is stored onboard the vehicle. The SDVs are directed by OTTO M, the software used for managing and optimizing the day-to-day operation of your fleet. OTTO M also provides real-time monitoring, remote back-ups and cloud access. Workers can interface with OTTO via an optional tablet interface, allowing requests to be sent to the SDV fleet. Each vehicle can operate 24/7 by using opportunity charging technology to autonomously visit its charger.
Columbia manufactures inline high speed, high-level, floor-level and robotic palletizers, load transfer stations and provides system integration. Columbia features flexible, upgradeable designs to speeds up to 200 cases per minute. With over 4,000 palletizers in the industry, Columbia is considered to be the leading palletizer manufacturer in North America. All Columbia palletizers are built in the USA and backed by 24-hour customer support and parts service.