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A BALYO design algorithm for material handling needs

Environment learning is a vital stage of robot life. 10 years ago, BALYO developed the most advanced algorithm for mobile robotics based on Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), allowing manual material handling products to become real autonomous vehicles.

Combining latest LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technologies with its proprietary algorithm, BALYO retrieves information from robot surroundings and computes thousands of positions to self-localize precisely, without adding additional infrastructures to customers environment; no reflector, no wire, no tape, nothing but the robot’s eyes and brain.


Thanks to our installation tools, we can teach your environment layout to our robots, by building a map that will be used by the autonomous forklift as a reference. This reference map is built by recording every structural element of your facility such as walls, racks, columns and machines. This process completed, the reference map is recorded in robot’s memory.
While the robot is moving, it performs a 360° scan of its environment, correlating in real time what it sees (using LIDAR) to what it knows (the reference map), and localizing itself accurately (SLAM).

The BALYO algorithm is robust enough to operate in a difficult environment where infrastructure is evolving, using an adapted set of features such as advanced multinap LIDAR, relative perception intelligence and vision equipment.



One brain path generation

Just like autonomous cars, we provide you with the driver, this time for real. Just like the human brain, the Driven by BALYO technology sends commands to the robot to coordinate all its movements, forward, stop, reverse, turn, lift or lower the forks. Our technology delivers a specific navigation and mission coding toolbox which enables the generation of specific sets of movements, emulating a real driver behavior.

Our autonomous robots are restricted to pre-set navigation zones, built in line with customer environment and its operational needs. The subsequently generated paths gives the capability to circulate from any point to any destination, combined to robot controled intelligence, providing the skills to execute dedicated tasks.



A safe design for a safe navigation

One of the major challenges of mobile robotics is to guarantee a maximum level of safety, while ensuring very high productivity. Driven by BALYO technology incorporates one of the most advanced safety systems on the market, guaranteeing protection for people, machines and products at all times.

Our vehicles are engineered against specific safety grades and using standards such as ANSI B56.5 or EN1525. Operating in a human compatible environment implies a set of sensors (PLd) and complex logics of safety, triggered by speeds, tasks, and redundant software inputs.

Our team know-how in component integration and algorithm design provides a 360°Safety for your robots allowing a safe robotic environment:

> People production, machines & goods
> Incidents decrease
> Quality improvement
> Reduction of breakdowns 

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No obstacles, only safe operations

BALYO technology enables the robot to analyze patterns, forms, detect a human, a location, a pallet, a free space using 2D and 3D sensors… Operating in a mixed environment requires obstacle detection guarantee, whatever the height and form.

BALYO is re-inventing the way detection works, introducing a new generation of robots capable of using safety laser or data to create a virtual software barrier. Static and dynamic obstacle detection features prevent breakdowns and unnecessary safety hold-ups. The projection of detection fields on the robot path provides advanced protection, adapted to the robot trajectory and permits smooth navigation.

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5 key points to take into account while writing your specifications

Here is a short list of advices you need to review before writing your robotic project specifications. Don’t miss it!


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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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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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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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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!