Automating Equipment Movement
Our customer wanted to improve efficiency at their equipment rental distribution centers. A great deal of time was spent transporting equipment from one location to another on a routine consistent basis, whether it was mechanical maintenance, wash-down, waiting for loading, or departure. For a single distribution yard, only a handful of autonomous vehicles would be necessary to deliver equipment from one station to the next continuously, freeing up mechanics and more to focus on their highest value. The forklift was a research project into facilitating this use case, retrofitting an existing vehicle with all the added sensors and controllers to make the vehicle fully autonomous.