Seegrid Corp., a maker of vision-guided mobile robots for the material-handling industry, has introduced the GP8 industrial model. It transports pallets to an assigned location, automatically positions them, and then returns to the original starting point (or pre-assigned location) for more work. Seegrid's Industrial Mobile Robotics (IMR) technology enables the unit to move through manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations using stereo cameras to build a 3D map of the environment. The vehicle then uses the map and its own reasoning ability to navigate a predetermined path to complete its assigned task. According to Seegrid, the GP8 allows for "step-change" automation alongside existing work, and is designed to handle on-the-floor additions and changes to work processes. It requires no facility modification.
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