Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas has unveiled a new automated guided vehicle, or AGV, from Jungheinrich designed to navigate narrow aisles. The Jungheinrich EKX 516ka / 516a Automated High-Rack Stacker has a payload capacity of 3,500 lb. or 1,587 kg, and a lift height of 511 in. or 1,297 cm.
Houston-based Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas is the exclusive North American distributor of material handling equipment developed by Hamburg, Germany-based Jungheinrich. Jungheinrich’s lineup of products include advanced forklifts and automated guided vehicles. Mitsubishi Logisnext sells those systems at 340 dealer locations across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
The company also sells systems developed by CAT, RoclaAGV Solutions, and UniCarriers.
“We are proud to unveil the latest in Jungheinrich innovation with the EKX 516ka / 516a AGV High-Rack Stacker,” said John Sneddon, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas.
“Our Jungheinrich Automated Guided Vehicles combine proven technology with cutting-edge automation, including accurate navigation technology designed to help increase warehouse and operator efficiency,” he added.
Jungheinrich EKX 516ka can be customized
Mitsubishi Logisnext said the new AGV features 180 degree swiveling forks, which allow it to maneuver aisles as narrowly as 68.” Customers can also configure the robot to feature an on-board battery charger, bus bar, and current collector to have it operate continuously.
Using radio frequency identification transponders and field-test wire guidance, the robot has a precise understanding of its position within a warehouse. The robot can be operated manually, semi-autonomously, and fully autonomously, according to Mitsubishi.
The robot is battery powered and was designed to be energy-efficient, the company said. It also was built with modularity and reparability in mind. Customers can customize the mast and carriage configurations for their specific use cases.
Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas at ProMat 2023
Mitsubishi Logisnext will be at ProMat 2023 next week in Chicago. The company plans to showcase a range of its systems, including the KES 215a AGV Stacker, the EKX 516 Turret Truck, the EKS 314 High-Level Order Pickers, the ETG 318 Stand-Up Counterbalanced, and more.
The company will be located at Booth S1918 at McCormick Place.
Jungheinrich will also host two educational seminars:
- Monday, March 20 – 2:15 p.m. CST in Theater H – The Everyday AGV – How Automating Everyday Tasks Can Make A BIG Impact
- Wednesday, March 22 – 2:15 p.m. CST in Theater C – Using Lift Truck Positioning Technology To Maximum Effect
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