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Wise Robotics and VisionNav Announce Partnership

Article by Aisling Harrison


Wise Robotics, supplier of flexible warehouse automation solutions, is partnering with world leader in vision-guided autonomous robotic forklifts, VisionNav, to bring greater innovation to UK warehouses.

The collaboration means VisionNav’s innovative technology will be available as part of the Wise Robotics range. This will help UK operators boost order fulfillment and reduce the ongoing costs associated with running a warehouse in the face of well-documented supply chain challenges.

Set up in 2016 by The University of Hong Kong and The University of Tokyo, VisionNav supplies warehouse robots which use vision-based intelligence to automate materials handling, storage and retrieval. This makes its automated forklift models far more adaptable to a business’ existing warehouse layout, and much easier to deploy. Currently, its solutions are used by 150 businesses in eight countries around the world.

Head of Robotics at Wise Robotics, Joe Daft explains the two company’s values and strategic plans align, and the partnership will enable warehouse and logistics leaders to access an even greater set of transformational capabilities;

“VisionNav is at the cutting edge of vision-based autonomous robotic forklifts, and its technology is tremendously exciting.”

“We know the demand for automation in the UK warehouse market continues to grow as businesses seek to find solutions to labour and order fulfillment challenges. This partnership between Wise Robotics and VisionNav enables us to work together with businesses to design robotics solutions that meet the needs of their warehouse operation.”

“There’s no one-way-fits-all approach when it comes to automation in the warehouse and that’s why partnerships like this between providers can bring major benefits to the market and our networks. Our plan is to continually grow the range of automated solutions we can offer to warehouses in the UK, and our strategic collaboration with VisionNav is another exciting step in our journey.”

VisionNav’s Director of Sales, Europe, Jason Zhang, says the partnership demonstrates the growing range of options for logistics businesses looking to bring automation into their operations;

“The impact of the pandemic has prompted reforms in the logistics and supply chain fields. Faced with labour shortages and sharp increase in health risks, the challenge of the logistics and supply chain system to turn to automation is more urgent than before. The flexibility and scalability of the mobile robots are also higher in order to adapt to the changing and diversified market needs and difficulties. This means that highly flexible automatic forklift solutions have a broad application space.”

“Thanks to the extensive integration experience from Wise Robotics, who can reliably integrate our robots with their customer’s back-end systems to deliver a seamless, high-performing solution, the cooperation between the two parties is very promising.”

 

To learn more about VisionNav and its innovative vision-guided industrial vehicles, visit its website here.

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