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Big Joe Debuts New AMR Features & Capabilities at Automate 2023
Pre-Release Customers Rave About Big Joe’s New Autonomous Pallet Mover
Easy-to-deploy automation and responsive support drives positive customer experience
Chicago – March 21, 2023 – Big Joe Forklifts’ first commercial autonomous mobile robot (AMR), the Pallet Mover, was introduced to the public yesterday at ProMat 2023 and is now concluding field trials. Rave reviews from initial customer sites are now coming in as pre-release testing at customer locations across the U.S. wraps up. Initial reviews of this unique AMR suggest that the Big Joe team is onto something special with its user-directed approach to automation. Field trials, which began in October of 2022 and concludes March 2023, incorporated 11 unique customer locations running alpha and beta builds of the Pallet Mover in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution environments.
Big Joe Introduces Autonomous Pallet Mover in Partnership with Thoro.ai
Automate workflows smarter with the new Big Joe Pallet Mover
Chicago – March 20, 2023 – Big Joe Forklifts has unveiled its Pallet Mover, a new user-directed autonomous mobile robot (AMR) on the first day of ProMat 2023. Developed in partnership with Thoro.ai, the Big Joe Pallet Mover is an easy-to-deploy autonomous solution for floor-to-floor pallet transportation and drop-off that companies can set up and put into operation in less than one hour. The new Big Joe unit seeks to revolutionize on-demand material handling across a broad number of industries by offering Thoro.ai’s proven self-driving technology at an accessible price point on one of the most common material handling vehicles, an electric pallet truck.
Big Joe Launches Innovative J2-192 Joey Order Picker, Welcomes New Strategic Products Manager
The J2-192 Joey Order Picker’s controls support forks forward or forks trailing operator stances while maintaining consistent steering orientation
January 17, 2023 10:36 AM Eastern Standard Time
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Big Joe launches the J2-192 Joey Order Picker that is a versatile, safe and productive machine; uniquely designed for order picking operations. Available through Big Joe dealers, the J2-192 performs like no other order picking machine on the market and expands the company’s J2 offering to reach higher heights than ever before. The primary innovation of this new Big Joe machine is that it supports both forks forward and forks trailing operator stances that can be changed on the fly while maintaining consistent steering orientation. Additionally, the J2-192, at just 36 inches wide, is highly maneuverable and has a much smaller overall footprint than full size order pickers while still maintaining support for loads of over 2,000 lbs. The combination of these attributes allows the new order picker to deliver superior productivity in small retail aisles, urban fulfillment centers, or dense areas of the largest distribution centers.
Big Joe Announces New Autonomous Division
The New Venture, Focused on End-user Goals, Will Be Led by Nick Malewicki
October 24, 2022 09:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Big Joe Forklifts announced the creation of its autonomous division. As robotics is set to progressively play a larger role at each step of the supply chain, Big Joe recognized the need to develop an autonomous division to serve its customers as warehouse and manufacturing environments look to adopt new technologies in response to labor shortages and other operations challenges. As a milestone in this venture, Big Joe has begun building a team with several recent new hires, including industry expert Nick Malewicki who will serve as general manager.