August 9, 2021
Vecna Robotics has announced a partnership with Alta Material Handling, which enables Alta to bring the capabilities of Vecna’s high-capacity autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to its customers looking for integrated pallet-handling solutions.
The companies said more than 1.8 billion pallets are in circulation in the U.S. each day, yet less than 1% of the millions of materials-handling vehicles moving them are automated. The two companies aim to support customer demand for automating this within distribution, warehousing, and manufacturing centers across the U.S. The strategic alliance enables Alta MH to offer the only pallet-handling AMRs equipped with obstacle avoidance, path planning and independent pallet pick-up features.
“We’re excited for the potential of this partnership, particularly as we see demand for AMRs grow among our customer base as they learn more about the difference between AGVs and AMRs,” said Joe Bollman, manager at Alta Materials Handling. “Customers are asking for features like the ability to reroute in real-time and navigate freely around obstacles – a more viable, safe and flexible option for many. In today’s world, autonomous material handling solutions are a crucial component to helping organizations keep pace with the demands of the industry and offset labor shortages.”
Alta MH said it will spec, sell and service Vecna’s full range of pallet-handling solutions, including self-driving forklifts, pallet trucks and tuggers. The AMRs can work seamlessly alongside other vehicles and human workers to improve efficiency and throughput, Vecna said.
“We’re eager to kick off this partnership with Alta Material Handling, as the company has a deep knowledge of customer needs and an innovative outlook,” said Matthew Cherewka, director of business development and strategy at Vecna Robotics. “With Alta’s extensive reach and long-held reputation for quality products and service, we are pleased to work alongside them to expand their offerings and deploy our solutions nationwide.”
For more details on Vecna Robotics, visit its website here.