BALYO, along with Linde Material Handling, Installs 4 of the World’s Tallest Autonomous Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) in Singapore
BALYO (FR0013258399, Ticker: BALYO, eligible for PEA-PME
savings schemes) (Paris:BALYO), a technological leader
in the design and development of innovative robotic solutions for
material handling trucks, announces the successful installation and
hand over of world’s tallest autonomous VNAs at Singapore Storage
and Warehouse (SSW), located in Singapore.
With a lift height of 16.8m, this is the first site in
the world that is operating autonomously at such height using VNA
robots. This innovation is further testimony to BALYO’s
technological prowess and capabilities.
Since its beginning in 1987, Singapore Storage & Warehouse
has been the preferred logistics service provider to its wide base
of customers and stakeholders in Singapore. The company has an
established track record of helping customers successfully manage
their inventory and logistics operations under normal business
conditions and stepping up to support business partners during
exceptional times, including emergencies.
With the company striving for innovation, SSW wanted to convert
manually operated VNA in their Singapore site to autonomous robots.
The main challenge in this site was height, not throughput. A 16m+
pick/drop of pallets autonomously was previously unheard of. Linde
Material Handling Singapore, along with BALYO, implemented its new
“Very Narrow Aisle (VNA)” autonomous model with full reliability
Thanks to BALYO’s innovative approach to safety, standard OEM
forklift controls, and smart perception of pallets, reaching new
heights is now possible. After a few weeks of tests in 2021 and a
commissioning lead-time of 2 months, BALYO successfully ramped up
and handed over four autonomous VNAs to SSW. These robots handle
pallets up to 750kg at a maximum pick and drop height of
This capability is unique in the world today. Warehouse and
Supply Chain Managers around the globe can now consider autonomous
VNA at heights that were earlier not possible. This opens a new
applicative segment to BALYO, its partners, and clients which were
until now constrained to manual operations or less flexible fully
automated warehouses (ASRS).
With the space constraints and the tight labor market, as in
Singapore, UK, and Japan, there are significant warehouses
operating at such heights. Managers can now engage the conversion
to autonomy thanks to this technological milestone.
Ong Swee Keong, CEO of SSW, commented: “We are very happy
to be partnering with BALYO & Linde for this automation
project. The productivity gains have been impressive, and I am glad
that the dedication and hard work put in by everyone in SSW, Linde,
BALYO and our partners for this project has paid off. As SSW
continues to transform and grow, we look forward to achieving even
more business success with our reliable partners”.
Pascal Rialland, CEO and Chairman of BALYO, commented:
“This project shows the tremendous superiority of Linde-BALYO’s
technology on the high-bay storage and VNA applications. Singapore
has been the perfect hub to launch applications at extreme heights
due to space scarcity and customer engagement toward robotics. We
will pursue our commitment to engage further with Linde and their
teams to expand this success at further SSW sites and other
warehouses around the globe”.
Humans around the World deserve enriching and creative jobs. At
BALYO, we believe that pallet movements in DC and manufacturing
sites should be left to fully autonomous robots. To execute this
ambition, BALYO transforms standard forklifts into intelligent
robots thanks to its breakthrough Driven by Balyo™ technology. Our
leading geo guidance navigation system enables robots to locate
their position and navigate autonomously inside buildings - without
the need for any additional infrastructure. To accelerate the
material handling market conversion to autonomy, BALYO has entered
into two global partnerships with KION (Fenwick-Linde's parent
company) and Hyster-Yale Group. A full range of globally available
robots has been developed for virtually all traditional warehousing
applications; Tractor, Pallet, Stackers, Reach and VNA-robots.
BALYO and its subsidiaries in Boston and Singapore serve clients in
the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The company has been listed
on EURONEXT since 2017 and its sales revenue reached €21.8 million
in 2021. For more information, visit www.balyo.com.
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