Toyota Material Handling UK launch two semi-automated order picking trucks equipped with t-mote remote drive

Toyota has launched two order picking trucks equipped with the remote drive feature t-mote to help increase productivity in picking processes, improve ergonomics by reducing operators’ fatigue and contribute to a safer work environment.

Toyota forklift t-mote

Toyota has launched two order picking trucks equipped with the remote drive feature t-mote. The company’s goal is to increase productivity in picking processes, improve ergonomics by reducing operators’ fatigue and contribute to a safer work environment.

Order picking is a labour-intensive process. Operators of traditional order picker trucks are frequently stepping on and off their trucks in order to pick goods and to move their trucks to the next picking location. This is a repetitive and time-consuming activity for the operator.

The BT Optio OSE250 order picking truck and OSE250P order picking truck with operator platform feature the t-mote remote drive feature. This technology improves safety and increases productivity. Using a small finger operated remote control, the remote drive function allows the operator to advance the truck forward without having to ride on it. This feature allows the operator to walk alongside it and pick goods from the racking to a load carrier, reducing the need for an operator to repetitively step on and off the truck.

The remote drive concept shortens the time a working cycle takes, which in turn increases the picking productivity of operators. The use of remote drive trucks can show an increase of up to 20% in productivity gains for identical picking cycles versus manually controlled trucks.

The truck is also fitted with safety scanners which detect objects up to 1m in front of the truck and cause it to stop automatically or adjust its path to prevent collisions. In remote mode, the truck moves at a speed of 4 km/h and a warning light flashes to warn bystanders of the truck’s movement.

“We understand that businesses are constantly looking to increase productivity and efficiency in their order picking processes,” stated Jon Buckley, Commercial Director. “By developing a machine which offers flexible, safe and efficient order picking, we are displaying our commitment to developing and delivering products which will deliver our customers increased gains in efficiency and productivity.”

Toyota receives four nominations at the FLTA awards

Toyota Material Handling have received four nominations for the FLTA Awards for Excellence 2018. The event is one of the biggest and most prestigious in the Materials Handling industry calendar.

The awards were launched to encourage and reward excellence in the materials handling industry.  Now hugely popular, people flock from around the world to see who will scoop the world renowned ‘Archie’ trophies.

The four principal categories are Environment, Ergonomics, Safety and innovation. This year, Toyota has one nomination in the Ergonomics category and a  three nominations on the Innovation shortlist – the only company to do so.

The BT Reflex R,E and O series of reach trucks have been shortlisted in the ergonomics category thanks to their innovative design and range of features which help to increase operator comfort and visibility of the fork tips and load at all heights.

The three products nominated in the innovation category were Natural Navigation, the Toyota Autopilot range of fully automated trucks and the Autopilot TAE050 semi-automated guided cart.

Natural Navigation is a new method of navigation for their range of automated warehouse trucks called natural navigation.

The introduction of this system expands the offer of automated trucks suitable for a range of operations. Natural Navigation is quicker to install with a simpler set up process, providing a more flexible automated solution. The navigation technology uses recognizable landmarks or reference points or landmarks within a warehouse such as racking, walls and other fixed objects to calculate the trucks location.

The Toyota Autopilot automated trucks are a selection of automated warehouse trucks which can utilise dual navigation. This is a combination of laser navigation using a series of scanners, sensors and reflectors and natural navigation which scans landmarks within the trucks natural environment to calculate its location within the warehouse. Because of this, these trucks provide a more flexible and adaptable automated solution.

The Autopilot TAE050 from Toyota Material Handling, simplifies, standardises and optimises customer operations. The Autopilot TAE050 is simple and compact, with a towing capacity of up to 500kg and a lift capacity of up to 175kg it allows the automation of simple, repetitive tasks and allows team members to be utilised on more complex aspects of operations. The TAE050 is simple to install and program and offers a flexible, simple automation to be implemented in a range of applications.

To find out more about the nominated products from Toyota, visit www.toyota-forklifts.co.uk and to find out more about the FLTA Awards visit http://fork-truck.org.uk/flta-awards.

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