RG Group, a group of distribution and manufacturing companies headquartered in York, Penn., announced in March an agreement with AutoGuide Mobile Robots, a supplier of high-payload autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).
AutoGuide’s autonomous mobile tuggers and forklifts are used in industrial and warehouse material handling. The modular products are not manufactured as a retrofit kit to an existing piece of equipment but as a standalone platform. Working without limiting infrastructure, a SurePath guidance system deploys vehicles without using magnetic tape or RFID tags. Some models travel up to four miles per hour, while the non-contact collision avoidance system keeps their human counterparts safe.
“The addition of AutoGuide Mobile Robots provides a significant new product category to expand our service offerings to both manufacturing and distribution/logistic market segments,” said Rich Freeh, president and CEO of RG Group. “The AutoGuide AMR will add a heavy payload capacity to fill out our expanding industrial automation business segment. We are excited to announce AutoGuide is joining RGIA so we can continue to offer our customer base the premier global brands available today for automation solutions.”
“RG Group has been successfully implementing AMR technology, transporting up to 1,000 kg payloads in our respective markets for three years,” said Patrick R. Gross, VP of automation and robotics. “With the addition of AutoGuide as a partner, we will be able to help customers with much heavier payload requirements who are looking to reduce fork truck traffic in their facilities. AutoGuide is already being adopted by some of the largest logistics and automotive organizations in North America. This is a sign to us that we have picked the right long-term partner for our business. AutoGuide has committed to releasing new products in the very near term that will solve big customer challenges, such as automated truck loading and unloading. We are very excited about this new technology and the new partnership.”