Vecna Tugger

Vecna Robotics’ latest Tugger has auto-charging and auto-hitching capabilities. Source: Vecna Robotics

March 21, 2019      

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Vecna Robotics is introducing its fifth generation Tugger with auto-hitching and auto-charging capabilities. This is part of a wide range of material handling solutions built with machine learning and AI for high confidence autonomy.

The auto-charging feature will optimize power management and charging schedules through pivot.al, the world’s first multi-agent AI-based orchestration engine by Vecna, by rotating available robots as demand waxes and wanes. This will lead to the implementation of fully-automated workflows by removing the need for manual battery replacements.

The auto-hitching feature will allow operations to minimize congestion and manage more complex workflows through pivot.al by allowing trains to automatically drop-off and pick-up carts rather than wait for traffic to clear. It also relieves the facility from using a particular cart type as this feature is capable of utilizing multiple types of carts.

The New York Times and ThinkGeek recently featured the Tugger in operation at a FedEx facility. In its first year of business, Vecna has rapidly deployed robots in North America and expects this number to steadily increase throughout 2019.

“Our customers are excited for this feature and we’re excited to continue to provide the best solutions for workflow optimization,” said James Parker, Head of Product. “This team of engineers is dedicated to developing autonomous solutions at the highest standards in the industry.”

Vecna Robotics will display the new Tugger, the pivot.al engine, its recently announced Pallet Jack, as well as their entire fleet of self-driving vehicles at  ProMat 2019, to be held April 8-11 in Chicago (booth #S5483).

About Vecna Robotics

Vecna Robotics delivers automated material handling, hybrid fulfillment, and workflow optimization solutions for customers in the distribution, warehousing, and manufacturing sectors. Vecna’s solution feature self-driving vehicles powered by their learning autonomy Stack and AI technology, pivot.al, which revolutionizes how robots and humans work together. Vecna Robotics prioritizes workflows over robotics – ensuring businesses can operate effectively, efficiently, and ethically.