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‘’Give me a Robot and I will Change the World’’

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Balyo dreams a future where robots will empower humans to positively transform their role in society, unleashing their hidden potential energy

Technology helps and frightens us at the same time. In our most vivid dreams, we imagine a world where humans and robots collaborate in perfect harmony, drawing together a new era that makes it possible to fully unleash the potential of the human brain and challenge our limits. In our most terrible nightmares, we are all victims of Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey, sabotaged and overwhelmed by the same artificial intelligence that we created. This ambiguity makes us often reluctant to change and we keep asking ourselves which scenario is sci-fi and which reality.

What is sure is that with great power comes great responsibility, and in this sense technological progress today can empower every human being to potentially become a super-hero. How? By focusing on our unique characteristics, our creative intelligence, leaving mindless jobs to someone else, for instance. And since we all have access to a great deal of advanced technology, we have greater and greater responsibility to build a better world and be better humans.

At Balyo, all of this is summarized in a fundamental concept: if we use robots to free people’s energy, we can change the world. For the better.

A simple intuition can change the world

Balyo’s extraordinary journey began nearly 10 years ago thanks to the intuition of two young engineers who established the company in Paris, France. Their idea was simple and crazy at the same time. They understood that technology makes sense if it can free people from routine and monotonous tasks. With this in mind, the company has developed into a leading manufacturer of smart material handling technology, able to meet customers’ needs of load movement all around the world through strategic partners, like Linde Material Handling and the Hyster-Yale Group, which were essential to make the change happen at a global level. Because if you only want to change your courtyard, nobody else will see it.

The intuition at the basis of the Balyo’s history was that we couldn’t continue to have driving-focused people, so we asked ourselves what kind of robotic technology could be developed to enable material handling vehicles to move and perform tasks in total autonomy, freeing people from driving duties and unleashing individual potentials. – Fabien Bardinet, Chairman at Balyo

For Balyo, creating self-driving vehicles was not only a mission but a real life philosophy. Now that the technological challenge has been accomplished, the next step of Balyo’s evolutionary journey is to contribute to transforming the perception of robot jobs in warehouses, not only on an individual or company-level but in the broader context of society.

The path ahead – Imagining tomorrow’s world

Energy cannot be created nor destroyed but it can change form. More energy released means more capacity to do work, creating value for our life and taking directions we would never have imagined.

Balyo dreams a future where no human will employ and waste personal energies in tasks that can be performed by a robot. We dream a world where humans can free their potential energy by using their creativity and their unique and un-reproducible intelligence to make our planet a better place.
– Fabien Bardinet

In this perspective, better integration between humans and robots is indispensable. We need to literally exploit technology to its full potential to push the limits of our brain and unleash its infinite capabilities, without feeling that our role in the society is threatened by robots. When the integration has reached its peak, no more tedious and routine work – with no added value to our life – will be ever performed by a human being. This will open up new possibilities, new jobs, new visions that we have not yet even envisaged….

To be continued…

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Your future needs

Usually, customers start their robotic investments with an installation of 3 robots (average). But keep in mind that our solution is designed to scale your operations up! After your first deployment, our experts are available to think about your future optimizations and new robotized material flows.
For example, after having automated supplies and removals of your production line, the next step can be to automate the vertical storage of your finished goods. Don’t forget, Robotics is a journey.


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Let’s start with BALYO

Now that you’ve ordered your BALYO robotic solution, the whole project team will be focused on delivering the targeted performance level.
BALYO teams will drive your success by providing you with all the performance analysis you need (Statistic Tool) to understand how your robots and human operators behave.
All along your journey, we will recommend the best optimizations to successfully implement your robotized processes.

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Your Project Kick-Off

The Kick-Off is the first step of the BALYO Project Management Process. Prior to the Kick-Off meeting, our project manager will prepare a list of documents including the application-specific customer specifications, technical specifications, the project risk analysis & the project planning. Then, these documents and milestones are presented to you during the Kick-Off meeting.

Before your installation 
After an internal validation of the Software and Hardware bricks needed for your robotic project, the manufacturing process starts. In parallel, our project manager helps you prepare everything before robot commissioning: IT infrastructure & Software interfaces readiness, risk analysis recommendations implemented, site adaptations made, etc. Once the robots are produced, we perform an internal commissioning to test and validate all the safety and functional features before shipping the autonomous forklifts to your facility. All the results are obviously shared with you.

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Installation phase

Once the robots are delivered to your facility, the job of the field engineer in charge of installing your BALYO system starts: mapping of the building, routes design, pick & drop points design, testing etc.
During this phase, we validate all functionalities with you, as well as safety and interfaces tests/reports in real conditions. We also train your teams to work alongside robots in a new cobotic environment. The ramp-up of your installation is ensured by measuring performances all along the process until the handover milestone, where you officially take the lead on your robotic system!

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The handover formalizes transfer possession and risk from BALYO or its partners to the customer, meaning the system can be run without the presence of BALYO or its partners. The handover may contain “non-blocking open points” which will be dealt with in a final fixes phase. A non-blocking open point is an issue which does not hinder the system to achieve its contractual performance.

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Final Acceptance

The purpose of the final fixes phase is to close open points raised during the handover. When the robotic system is fully compliant to its specifications, the Final Acceptance is signed by all parties.

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Now your robots are fully operational, your main contact will be the service team. Organized by level of maintenance actions (base truck, hardware, software), our group of experts will support you whatever the issue is, ensuring continuity of your operations at the expected level of performance.

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Thanks to the BALYO Statistics Tool, you can track the performance of your system. Based on efficiency standards such as OEE or PackML data, our monitoring tool gives you the ability to follow and optimize your installation on a daily basis.


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5 things to check before choosing your supplier

Before making your final decision, here is a list of advises to choose a supplier based on your current needs, but not only!

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Request a demo at BALYO

You now know a little more about the players and technologies available, your robotic project takes shape and you want to see a robotic lift trucks in real life? It’s possible! Fill out this short form and make an appointment directly with one of our experts in one of our showrooms.

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Request a Proof Of Concept in your facility

You have been in touch with one of our experts and need to see what a robot is capable of in your facility? It’s possible! Complete this short form and book an appointment!

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How do you generate savings? Tricks to calculate your ROI

Customers usually compare the cost of purchasing a robotic system with the drivers salary which represents 80% of a pallet movement cost. This is a start, but this is not the only element to take into account.

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Estimate your cost savings

Today you can easily automate more than 80% of warehouse applications. Our smart and free simulator, MyCashBox, helps you to find your automation opportunities and get a quick overview of your potential savings.


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Evaluate market players and technology

Before investing your time in a robotic project, it is important to understand what are the trends of the material handling and AGV markets. Get an overview of the AGV player typologies and technologies by downloading our white paper.

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What applications can you cover ?

You’re thinking about a specific application for your future robots? Have a quick review of all the material flows our technology can robotize with an incredible product range.

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How a robotic project is priced?

This is the question our customers always ask first! As robots’ deployment requires an important investment from your company, it is mandatory for you to understand how a robotic project is priced.
Here is some key information we would like to share to help you out!