BALYO, which develops robotic solutions for industrial forklifts and other vehicles, has announced they were selected by the Danone group to equip a plant located in the north of France. During the course of the year, BALYO will deploy a fleet of 10 “Reachy” robots to the factory.
WIth more than 190 production sites, Danone is one of the largest food companies in the world, distributing its products to nearly 120 countries. Danone said it chose BALYO to automate the storage and shipping of pallets in order to optimize the storage space and operating costs of its industrial sites. BALYO said its robots not only automate operations, but also improve safety and reduce the damage often associated with the manual handling of goods. The robots help transform industrial forklifts so they can work autonomously through SLAM navigation and lidar, along with other sensors. The Reachy robots are specifically designed to operate in areas with very tight space constraints at high elevations, including narrow aisles and minimal pallet spacing in racks.
BALYO said its robots are also easy to deploy for Danone, since they do not require any infrastructure changes to the existing facility space.
“We are very proud to have been selected at the end of 2022 by such a prestigious group as Danone,” said Pascal Rialland, CEO of BALYO. “Their performance standards were rigorous, and we are thrilled that our robots met and exceeded those expectations. Proof of the ease of use of our solutions, the pilot robot was operational the very afternoon following its delivery to the site. The deployment of a fleet of 10 robots within this site is planned over H2 2023. The robotization of logistics flows remains at the heart of the challenges facing manufacturers and BALYO is perfectly positioned to meet this growing demand.”
For more details on BALYO and its robotic solutions, visit its website here.