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‘’Take a Robot and Make the Magic of Automation Happen’’

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Balyo’s technology has been refined over the years to emulate – and even overcome human work, but the real topic should be how to increase safety, efficiency and working conditions in warehouses, instead of human replacement

Balyo is a young company with a clear vision and a technology consolidated and enhanced over the years. In its early days – more than ten years ago – the company included only two passionate workers, Thomas Duval et Raul Bravo, who founded Balyo with the idea of working on the automation of forklifts. The market was still immature at that time, but the journey went on with pioneering spirit for the development of the technology that would have consecrated Balyo as the avant-garde international
player that it is today. The figures speak for themselves – publicly traded in 2017, today Balyo has more than 200 employees all over the world, and production centers in France, the US, Singapore, and China. Not bad for a purely technology-driven adventure which simply began with a visionary project.

Very soon, the two pioneers understood the enormous potential of robotics and when Fabien Bardinet – currently the CEO of the company, joined them, breaking into larger markets became not only possible but necessary. This is Balyo. Something bigger than growing trees in your garden which produce fruit that can be shared with a bunch of friends.

Using the ‘’robot’’ factor to increase safety

Employees, machines, robots. Innovation happens at the intersection of different forces, and the human factor remains central to take abstract concepts and make them tangible and usable. AI and robotics play a major role here when it comes to not only increasing human abilities – the so-called ‘Augmented Human’ – but freeing people from mechanical and even dangerous tasks, reducing our proactive contribution to zero.

Safety is a pivotal topic and has been one of the main drivers of Balyo’s mission. Today, in the world there are nearly 200 billion dollars of pallet movements, of which less than 1% is performed by a robot. We still have something like 7 million people who move pallets in our warehouses every day, and this is not good news, as driving manual forklifts is a dangerous operation that generates 22 deaths per year only in France and tens of thousands serious injuries on a global scale. This is one of the reasons why robotic forklifts need to massively take hold and be adopted in warehouses.

Now that the technology is mature, market shares are potentially very high and competition is low, the question is really to make the change possible by raising awareness around the importance of using robots in warehouses to increase safety, efficiency and employment quality. – Karim Mokaddem, CTO at Balyo

An exciting challenge to meet high expectations

Balyo has always had a close relationship with its clients. The company’s research and development strategy is mainly carried out through constant dialog with customers – a good practice that has allowed the refinement and optimization of Balyo’s technology, especially in terms of self-location and navigation within the space. Forklifts driven by Balyo’s robotic systems can move safely going from point A to point B. Obstacles can be detected thanks to supervision cameras and sensors which act as the ‘’eyes’’ of the robot. The next frontier consists in the design of remotely controlled robots with deep learning features to immediately perceive and elaborate the surrounding reality in an autonomous way.

As the expectations around the performance of robots are very high, technology must quickly improve to meet customer’s needs for ever higher reliability and accuracy. Errors are tolerated if made by humans, but the tolerance limit drops to zero for robots. This gives the idea of the scale of Balyo’s challenge, perfectly illustrated by Karim Mokaddem:

The actual main challenge for Balyo is to overturn the idea of robotization as not mere replacement of human work but as an effective solution to automate machines and processes.

It is indeed an every-day-challenge to reverse traditional points of view and fuel the innovation spirit.

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REQUEST A POC (PROOF OF CONCEPT) TO BALYO

YOUR NEXT DEPLOYMENTS

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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.

YOUR FIRST ROBOT INSTALLATION

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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

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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Handover

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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Maintenance

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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Performance

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.

CHOOSE A ROBOTIC SUPPLIER

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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.

DESCRIBE YOUR SPECIFICATIONS

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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!

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

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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!