Not so long ago, the “self-driving vehicle” concept is a foreign idea that many of refuse to entertain upfront. Nowadays, it’s exactly the reason why industries such as industrial and material handling are making huge strides thanks to its better overall efficiency and much-improved productivity in their day-to-day tasks. Among the pioneers, Balyo continues to lead the way as it works closely with some of the leading lift truck manufacturers like Yale and Linde. Thus, making robotics-powered forklifts more accessible to the manufacturers who need a “lift,” while also setting up their business’ long-term stability and success.
The early challenges of incorporating robotics into a material handling workhorse have been well-documented. And though, the results have not always been desirable, the French technology company has worked tirelessly in order to bring its line of innovation into the forefront of the forklift market. In fact, robotics has brought greater flexibility, reduced dependence on the human workforce, and increased profitability.
Balyo’s solution is a comprehensive automation solution whose return on investment, averages 12 to 18 months, according to Jean-Marie Bergeal, Balyo’s CEO. “The significant productivity gains also experienced by our clients in Europe are now available to U.S. and Canadian companies,” he added.
By integrating its unique navigation and control technology with standard electric forklifts, Balyo’s technology allows a forklift to automatically position itself to pick up a pallet and deliver it safely to where it’s directed. Furthermore, the supervisor (middleware) interface with the warehouse managements system (WMS) can guide the vehicle through traffic and provide an end-to-end automation of pallet.
Most notably, Balyo has worked tightly with Linde and Yale during the better part of the last few years. The partnership has allowed both companies to deliver improved logistics processing solutions as well as new records on safety and working performance. In addition, the self-guiding technology has also allowed manufacturer’s to have a new and much stable design template for their future trucks, which will also likely be the ones to steer the future of the material handling industry.