The system has been developed to improve the safety of personnel in warehouse and distribution centres, in particular those using fork lift trucks (FLTs) and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in high-speed vehicle systems.
Such a system has not been possible before due to the limitations of other technologies at capturing the movement of the FLTs and AGVs reliably enough to provide useful data. The newly certified system is capable of measuring in real-time the position of a distribution centre operator relative to that of fork lift trucks and automated guided vehicles in order to control the operational speed of the vehicle and avoid accidents.
The tests were verified in an operational setting at the Ajinomoto Company facilities in Tatebayashi and were supported by the Japanese Ministry of Trade and Industry and standards body JIS/NEDO.
Commenting on the launch, Richard Green, CEO Ubisense said: “Achieving a world first with our strategic partner in Japan is a sure sign of the value of our partnership and should lead to the deployment of Smart Warehouse systems across Daifuku’s extensive customer base.”