Balyo, a developer of robotic solutions for industrial forklifts, has announced that it has been selected by the Danone group to deploy a fleet of ten of its ‘Reachy’ robotic trucks throughout 2023 at a site in the north of France.
Danone currently operates more than 190 production sites globally and distributes products in nearly 120 countries.
The company claims to have chosen Balyo to help optimise storage space and operating costs at this site.
The bots can not only automate manual processes, but are also designed to improve workplace safety and reduce the level of damage caused by the manual handling of goods.
Balyo’s solutions work by transforming standard industrial forklifts into machines which can work autonomously. This is done by leveraging SLAM navigation and lidar, as well as other sensor technologies.
What’s more, Balyo’s robotic trucks are specifically designed to operate in areas with very tight space constraints at high elevations, such as narrow aisles and minimal pallet spacing in racks.
The company claims its robots offer a high level of accuracy, performance and safety and meet the high expectations set out by Danone.
Pascal Rialland, CEO of Balyo, said: “We are very proud to have been selected at the end of 2022 by such a prestigious group as Danone.
“Their performance standards were rigorous, and we are thrilled that our robots met and exceeded those expectations.
“Proof of the ease of use of our solutions, the pilot robot was operational the very afternoon following its delivery to the site.
“The deployment of a fleet of 10 robots within this site is planned over H2 2023…the robotisation of logistics flows remains at the heart of the challenges facing manufacturers and Balyo is perfectly positioned to meet this growing demand.”
In addition to this, the fleet of trucks is designed for easy deployment, as they reportedly do not require any infrastructure changes to the existing facility space.