MAKE A RETURN ON YOUR investment

Automation optimises the flow of goods whilst minimising damage, time and cost. Its implementation allows employees to handle more complex tasks instead of repetitive processes. Automated warehouse trucks assist with pallet handling. These trucks not only require less maintenance and energy, but they also bolster productivity and safety. In our experience, businesses typically achieve a return on investment within 2 years.

LOCATORS’ AUTOMATED TOW TRAINS

Toyota offer a range of automated tow train – known as “Autopilots” – for long-distance transport or milk runs
Automated Tow
Tractor TAE500
For replenishment/milk run.

Load Capacity:
5.0 tonnes

Maximum Carriers:
4 c

(Heavy-duty)
Taxi Carrier
For full or half pallets.

Load Capacity:
600 – 1,200 kg

Maximum Carriers:
N/A

Platform Taxi Carrier
Variety of loads such as roll cages, containers, etc.

Load Capacity:
600 kg

Maximum Carriers:
N/A

Portal Taxi Carrier
Full pallet dollies & both
side (un)loading.
Load Capacity:
1,200 kg

Maximum Carriers:
N/A

AUTOMATED TOW TRAINS IN ACTION

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Item handling and just-in-time delivery are key for manufacturing sites. Thanks to the Autopilot range from Toyota, these processes can now be easily automated. With automated towing trains, you can organise “milk runs” in the production area. These can automatically hook and unhook the carriers safely at predefined workstations. Capable of being equipped with Lithium-Ion batteries, trains can auto-charge between tasks. Better still, they can achieve this without the need for personnel or charging rooms – making them fully automated.

EFFICIENT MILK RUNS

For replenishment of production, automated tow trains are exceptionally efficient. This is because they can carry more pallets at once and offer safe, fork-free material handling in busy areas, such as assembly lines. Depending on your needs, the Autopilot tow tractor can be programmed to run in a single loop with one or more trains. Otherwise, it can operate in multiple loops with several trains to support just-in-time delivery of goods. Using the “teach-in” method, the AGVs are manually driven to teach them the loops – ensuring the trolleys follow the precise path.

VARIETY OF LOAD CARRIERS

Automated tow trains can be hooked onto a variety of Toyota carriers. Depending on the type of load, its weight, and the loading/unloading operation, businesses can choose the correct load carrier.

PRECISE NAVIGATION

Autopilot tow trains support two highly accurate and adaptive navigation technologies. These are reflector or natural navigation, which when combined form dual navigation. The latter allows the trucks to switch between using reflectors for one area and using the warehouse environment. In doing this, it uses it as a reference for another area.

NATURAL NAVIGATION

For most automated towing solutions natural navigation is optimal. Natural navigation is a method for automated tow trains to navigate using the wider environment. This navigation method utilises recognisable reference points or landmarks within the warehouse. These include walls, racking and fixed objects, which the Autopilot uses to calculate the truck’s location. Natural navigation is a low-cost alternative for warehouses where the surroundings remain consistent. Automated tow trains navigate the environment without the need for extra equipment. Meaning no need for reflectors, thus avoiding extra cost and installation of additional equipment.

SMART CHARGING

Autopilots can be equipped with Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are known to be up to 30% more energy-efficient whilst also reducing CO2 emissions. Better still, automated warehouse trucks are able to auto-charge between tasks. Without the need for personnel or charging rooms. – making them fully automated.

RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Automation optimises the flow of goods whilst minimising damage, time and cost. Its implementation allows employees to handle more complex tasks instead of repetitive processes. Automated tow trains assist with pallet handling. These trains not only require less maintenance and energy, but they also bolster productivity and safety. In our experience, businesses typically achieve a return on investment within 2 years.

Safe and accurate pallet handling

Side scanners for safe curves at optimum speed

Front and rear scanners for safe transportation at rated speed

Blue LED light warning pedestrians and drivers when coming out of hidden areas

Front obstacle detection for obstacles above floor level

Side obstacle detection for obstacles entering the travel path from the side

Blue LED light warning pedestrians and drivers when coming out of hidden areas

What our clients say

We are very pleased with the change from an engine to an electric fleet. The trucks have been well received by our operators as they are comfortable and quiet to drive and give excellent protection from the elements. We even have the option and flexibility to use spare batteries and a simple battery change system if we ever want to work back to back shifts in the future. Locators also design, supply and install all types of racking and storage systems. They reconfigured the CooperVision warehouse for narrow aisle operation which increases the storage density and pallet locations. Locators supplied Aisle-Master articulated forklifts to work in this area.

Coopervision, Hamble

We have worked with Locators for nearly 20 years. We are confident they can always make the best use of the space we have available and provide us with forklifts that are well suited for the long loads and other stock we have to move.

Colin Macgregor
Director, Y Goldberg

Every time we look at an application, Locators approach it like a blank canvas and always recommend the best equipment for our business. Locators have proved themselves as a very reliable and proactive service provider by keeping our trucks working and our fleet costs as low as possible.

Adam Conrad
Group Transport Manager for Covers

Being able to work with one supplier for storage and materials handling has been a benefit to us. Locators managed the complete installation and ensured the correct materials handling equipment was specified for their design. They also service and maintain all of the equipment they have supplied and offer a rack inspection service to make sure our warehouse remains a safe working environment. We are very happy with our new facility and we believe we have made the best use of the available space.

Marc Congdon
Engineering Manager, Costa

We purchased our first Toyota forklift from Locators 14 years ago for our farm. This truck has been very reliable and is still in service so we had no hesitation in deciding to purchase another Toyota machine. Locators recommended an electric forklift for our machinery depot as it is very quiet, has low running costs and does not create any pollution, making it ideal for working both inside and outside. Our operators are very pleased with our new Toyota truck and our business is very happy to be operating a forklift that has such a low impact on the environment.

Ed Smales
Director, NFFM

Locators installed the new racking system within a tight timeframe while our business was fully operational. They have provided us with a facility that has a similar storage capacity and reduced the size of our forklift fleet allowing us to lease one building instead of two. We are very happy with the outcome.

Paul Bickell
Nippon Express

Locators gave us the benefit of working with just one supplier for all of the storage and materials handling requirements of this project. By mixing 3 and 4 wheel trucks from the same model range, we have gained extra pallet locations and have the option to battery change between them and work multi-shift in the future. I was initially sceptical that electric trucks could replace LPG, but I am very pleased with the successful outcome of this project.

Mark Davis
Logistics Supervisor for Hall & Woodhouse brewery

It is a great benefit to us that we have a single source supplier who understands the needs of our business. This saves us time, improves efficiency and ultimately reduces cost.

Richard Horrocks
Smurfitt Kappa

WHAT LOCATORS CAN OFFER

Flexible logistics with automated solutions

AUTOMATED
WAREHOUSE TRUCKS

- Safe Pallet Handling
- Precise Navigation
- Intelligent Communication
- Smart Charging
- Return on Investment

AUTOMATED
TOW TRAINS

- Efficient Replenishment
- Variety of Load Carriers
- Precise Navigation
- Smart Charging
- Return on Investment

SEMI-AUTOMATED
SHUTTLES

- Safe Pallet Handling
- Clear Connectivity
- Efficient Productivity
- Quick & Easy Charging
- Cold Store Operation