ArcBest has recently unveiled its new Vaux Smart Autonomy technology, which enables the use of autonomous forklifts and reach trucks that can be operated remotely. This innovative solution is an extension of the company’s existing warehouse freight management technologies.
The autonomous mobile robot units are paired with software that allows human operators to control them remotely. They can easily switch between autonomous and manual operations, depending on the specific needs of each operation. Sensors and cameras on the units allow them to navigate a warehouse floor, load and stack pallets, and move other goods with ease. A teleoperator control center monitors the units when they are operated autonomously to ensure their safe and efficient operation.
Vaux Smart Autonomy is designed to be used in existing warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities. ArcBest is committed to innovation and ongoing investments in technology to drive profitable growth for both the company and its customers.
This latest offering from ArcBest complements its Vaux Freight Movement System, a mobile platform that reduces the time it takes to handle freight on the dock and minimizes damage as forklifts no longer need to enter a trailer. These offerings are a result of ArcBest’s $175 million annual technology and innovation budget.
The Vaux suite of offerings is currently being piloted with manufacturing, automotive, and retail companies. The company aims to improve efficiencies, add labor flexibility, and create a safer working environment for businesses with complex operations that traditionally have not been able to adopt autonomous technology.
Overall, Vaux Smart Autonomy represents a significant advancement in warehouse automation technology that will benefit businesses across various industries by increasing productivity while reducing costs associated with manual labor-intensive operations.