Technology

Welcome to Industry 4.0!

At a time when the major players in mobility are hailing the imminent arrival of driverless cars, 100% autonomous vehicles already exist, in a perhaps unexpected industry: inside factories and warehouses. Balyo has designed one of the most innovative technologies in the world, to enable material handling vehicles to self-locate and move around inside buildings, in total autonomy. Embedded in standard material handling trucks designed for manual use, Driven by Balyo technology transforms them into autonomous vehicles, able to safely navigate and interact with their environment. Manual material handling trucks thus become robotic and can perform all kinds of tasks, from pallet moving to barcode scanning.

  

Driven by Balyo Technology

Our technology is the result of 10 years’ research and development in mobile robotics. It enables fleets of robotic trucks to self-locate in real time and navigate inside a building with no added infrastructure (floor lines or magnets, laser reflectors), unlike automatic trucks/AGVs.

Our navigation system, "Geoguidance", relies on the recognition of the internal fixtures of a building: walls, columns and racks, to enable the trucks to self-locate in real time. This flexible system allows for quick, economical reconfiguration of your solution if necessary.

In line with the concepts of Logistics 4.0 and the Factory of the Future, our solution is fully connected to the customer environment (ERP, WMS, machines, doors, conveyors, tracking), and can be easily integrated into current industrial and logistics processes. For greater simplicity, our robotic trucks can still be used manually, enabling operators to regain control to perform a task at any time.

From automatic trucks (AGVs) to robotic trucks: more than evolution, this is a "Robolution"

The market for automatic trucks, usually known as AGVs (Automatic Guided Vehicles), has existed for decades. These automatic trucks/AGVs, tailor-made or produced small-scale, are capable of picking up and placing pallets or loads on the floor or at height in the same way as humans.

Formerly self-guided by ground wires or magnets, the majority of today's AGVs use laser reflector navigation systems. Although precise, automatic trucks/AGVs lack flexibility, and installing these systems remains very costly. A change in route, pick-up point or pallet placement requires a qualified surveyor to reconfigure the installation.

The customized design of these automatic trucks/AGVs also makes them difficult to maintain, as spare parts availability is more limited than for standard trucks manufactured in their thousands.

Balyo's unique know-how in mobile robotics in bringing a major breakthrough to the industry,

thus transforming the manual and automatic material handling market.

Balyo does not manufacture AGVs; instead, it provides intelligence to standard material handling trucks! In partnership with the industry leaders, Linde Material Handling and Hyster Yale Group, our robotic trucks are available and can be maintained worldwide.

What does this mean for you?