Gideon Launches Trey Autonomous Forklift for Trailer Loading and Unloading

Gideon says its new robotic forklift can safely and consistently unload pallets from trucks.


The Trey autonomous forklift is designed to load and unload pallets from trucks.
Gideon said its Trey autonomous forklift can safely and consistently load and unload pallets from truck trailers. Koch Disruptive Technologies and DB Schenker welcomed the new robot.

Gideon Robotics yesterday announced Trey, an autonomous forklift that can load and unload pallets from truck trailers. The company claimed that it can save 80% of a human worker's time and operate “safely, consistently, and reliably in dynamic environments, working side by side with people.”

“We at Gideon believe that we can help exponentially grow humanity's ability to move goods by automating the most complex material handling workflows,” stated Matija Kopić, co-founder and CEO of Gideon. “The world needs new ways of solving challenges. Our new way is to give superpowers to the millions of essential workers who keep our supply chains running.

“With the help of our customers, partners, and investors, we've built an AMR [autonomous mobile robot] specifically for the task of loading and unloading truck trailers, augmenting human talent,” he said.

Gideon designs Trey for productive collaboration

Founded in 2017, Gideon Brothers d.o.o. said it builds flexible automation to help automate material handling in complex warehouse and manufacturing operations. The company, which has offices in Zagreb, Croatia, and Dover, Del., said its AMRs use proprietary spatial artificial intelligence and 3D vision technology to orchestrate workflows of humans, robots, and other equipment, supported by real-time data.

Gideon said its new trailer loading and unloading system combines its proprietary autonomy technology, user-friendly software for smart workflow orchestration, and a robust, purpose-made chassis by Infinity Machine & Engineering Corp.

Trey can help companies relieve labor shortages, increase throughput, and raise process stability and efficiency, said Gideon. The robotic lift truck can also significantly increase loading dock safety, reducing incidents and damages, the company claimed.

Gideon added that its adaptable technology makes Trey easy to use, deploy, and scale, with minimal impact on existing infrastructure, further improving the bottom line.

The company will display the pallet-handling AMR at its booth at LogiMat in Stuttgart, Germany, and Automate in Detroit. Both events will be in June.

Investors, users welcome autonomous truck loader

“The new solution from Gideon brings us an exciting potential for optimization, creating new efficiencies, and new ways to work,” said Annant Patel, director at Koch Disruptive Technologies, an investment unit of Koch Industries, and a Gideon board member.

“As new technologies become available, the supply chain challenges act as a catalyst to spur companies to innovate – Gideon being one of them,” he noted. “We may face uncertainties, but innovators like Gideon prove that the future is here and now.”

Global logistics firm DB Schenker is another Series A investor and early customer of Gideon. Xavier Garijo, member of the board of management for contract logistics at DB Schenker, as well as a board member of Gideon, also highlighted the importance of innovation.

“Here at DB Schenker, we draw on 150 years of logistic experience, and we've always focused on bringing innovation to deliver the efficiency and excellence expected by our clients,” he said. “This is why we are excited to see new solutions from Gideon. Our projects so far are promising demonstrated, real-potential use cases that help us transform inbound and outbound logistic operations.”

Gideon Bros. discusses how the Trey autonomous forklift can help material handling operations.

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The Trey autonomous forklift is designed to load and unload pallets from trucks.

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