Applied Intuition and the autonomous mobile robot (AMR) provider, Seegrid, announced an agreement to collaborate on enhancing 3D virtual warehouses, factories, and distribution centers in support of accelerating advancements in autonomous technology for the material handling industry.
Founded in 2003, Seegrid is the leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for material handling. The world’s largest manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics companies rely on Seegrid Palion™ AMRs to autonomously move billions of pounds of material each month in real production facilities. Seegrid was recently named #1 for all mobile robots in the United States and #1 in market share worldwide for automated tow tractors. The company launched several new robot models in 2021 including the company’s newest AMR, Palion Lift, the only autonomous lift truck in the market with industry-leading 3D perception.
Applied Intuition offers purpose-built simulation and software tools for autonomy teams worldwide. Equipped with a deep feature set such as intelligent actor behaviors and pass/fail success metrics, Applied Intuition’s software tools offer prescriptive workflows, require minimal machine and infrastructure setup to initiate simulation jobs, and enable large-scale simulation testing in the cloud.
“Consumer demand and a shrinking labor force are putting pressure on nearly every industry, and in turn, putting pressure on AMRs to effectively and consistently interpret and respond to ever-changing situations,” said Jim Rock, Seegrid’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our customers rely on Seegrid to deliver industry leading automation solutions that can safely ensure productivity. Highly advanced simulation during ideation, test, and development speeds up our ability to deliver next generation AMRs best equipped to address the unpredictable events in facility workflows.”
Seegrid builds multiple autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) including Palion Lift, Palion Pallet Truck, and Palion Tow Tractor. Seegrid will leverage Applied’s testing tools, Simian, Spectral, Orbis, and Meridian, to test its AMR products in virtual environments. Applied’s testing software platform will enable Seegrid to quickly validate product innovations in more environments and use cases across the supply chain than feasible with manual testing.
The two companies are focusing on the following development use cases.
“Applied Intuition’s platform simulates a wide range of environments, layering in different conditions to safely pressure test next generation ideas in autonomous vehicle technology,” said Peter Ludwig, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Applied Intuition. “Manufacturing and distribution facilities are a complex, highly dynamic operational design domain. We’re thrilled to collaborate with industry leader Seegrid to help enable the rapid acceleration of the growing AMR market.”