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VisionNav Robotics Launch High Position Forklift AGVs for 10m Automated Warehouses
Date of issue:2020 / 07 / 03

The epidemic open up automated warehousing market which has been brewing for nearly 8 years. During the outbreak, problems such as low level of warehousing automation, insufficient informatization are particularly significant for whether fresh food e-commerce with blowout growth business, or traditional enterprises under high pressure of cash flow. Many companies start to explore automated warehouses, and therefore forklift AGV are highly favored because it combines cost performance and efficiency.

As we all know, storage scenarios are always very complicated. Warehouses, according to the types of rack shelves, can be divided into plane warehouse, middle warehouse (≤7m), high-rise warehouse (7-15m), and multi-storey stereoscopic warehouse. The appearance of forklift AGV not only provide another solution to maximize operational safety to the greatest extent, but also play an irreplaceable roles in some dangerous processes. 

Ordinary forklift AGV in the market now have been able to meet unmanned storage requirement in the plane warehouse and middle warehouse However, market of driverless forklift in high-level warehouse unmanned operations has been blank for many years. In fact, in recent years high level automated warehousing has become one of the key technology breakthroughs for many forklift AGV companies. As one of representative forklift AGV companies focusing on vision navigation, after completing a large number of applications, VisionNav Robotics has finally announce its world's first visual unmanned forklift for high level automated warehousing -- visual navigation reach forklift AGV.


Advantages of mature vision navigation to high-level forklift AGVs

After several product iterations of visual navigation forklift AGV, its stability and reliability have been greatly affirmed. At present a mature visual navigation high-level lifting truck AGV should have below three irreplaceable core advantages:

System flexibility: vision navigation can obtain semantic information from the environment, with the help of AI deep learning and specific algorithm, it can also improve unmanned forklift adaptability and system flexibility in complex scenarios;

Accurate perception: identification of pallets and cages, forking accurately with self-adaption, detection of the crossbeam, cargo stacking and spatial detection all rely on the accuracy of perception technology. Forklift AGV can use 3D vision to detect the goods, identify automatically and self-adapt to pallets and rack beams, to avoid danger for operations in high level racks.

Cost-effective: on one hand, cost advantage of visual sensors significantly lower the product price; on the other hand, manual forklifts can never reach the efficiency of forklift AGVs in high position operation with information interaction in a management system. When combining with warehouse management system such as WMS/WCS, AGV can improve warehousing efficiency by 20% and save labor cost of 3-4 people. Furthermore, in terms of end customer’s ROI, vision navigation for unmanned industrial vehicles obtains obvious advantage than other navigation types.


An Automated Warehousing Expert Focusing on Visual AI and Complex Scenarios

At present, vision navigation AGV is still in its early stage in the market. There are only a few companies who have experiences in mature applications. With years of deep cultivation in vision navigation technology area, as well as rapid growth and powerful explosion in its later period, VisionNav Robotics not only successfully completed the world’s first application of reach truck unmanned transformation for high position operation , but also succeeded to realize the most difficult stacking techniques, stacking cages up to 4 layers automatically and precisely. This techniques have been practically applied in an automated warehouse project of an auto parts giant in South China.

It is reported that vision navigation forklift AGVs from VisionNav Robotics have been always widely praised by the market. Up to now, a number of of complex scenario applications have been realized in automated cargo picking and placing projects for middle and high-rise warehouses. Many of their customers are domestic leading companies in logistics, bonded goods, FMCG and other industries.

Dr. Li Luyang, co-founder of VisionNav Robotics said to reporter in an interview that “we believe the impact of the epidemic is periodical and temporary. There are short-term opportunities for unmanned warehousing companies, but we are more focusing on long-term strategic development. In current stage, VisionNav Robotics has made some breakthroughs in the field of vision navigation technology. Also we recently reached a  strategic cooperation frame agreement about 5G with ZTE, aiming to push the integration between 5G technology and vision industrial unmanned vehicles as well as the implementation of innovative application scenarios and solution development.“