Clearpath gets foot-in-the-door at U.S. Toyota plant

Article via Canadian Manufacturing – Ontario-based autonomy firm Clearpath Robotics has got its foot—or self-driving wheels—in the door at a Toyota Motor Corp. manufacturing plant in the southern U.S.

The company’s industrial subsidiary, Otto Motors, announced Feb. 14 one of its autonomous vehicles will begin delivering tires to assembly workers on the line at the Japanese automaker’s Corolla plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi.

Known as the Otto 1500, the knee-high palette-moving robot can move 1,500 kilograms. In this case, Clearpath said the vehicle will make up the last leg of an automated tire delivery system—after other machinery has unstacked the tires and loaded them onto conveyors.

“Toyota has set the standard in lean manufacturing principles and we’re very proud that Otto has been selected as a means to drive lean, flexible material transport for the Mississippi plant,” Simon Drexler, director of Industrial Solutions at Otto Motors, said in a statement.

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Posted by admin on February 28, 2017

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