ArcBest Introduces Fully Automated Electric Forklifts and Reach Trucks with Vaux Smart Autonomy

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ArcBest has introduced a line of fully automated electric forklifts and reach trucks for use in distribution centers and manufacturing facilities. The new suite of electric forklifts and trucks, branded as “Vaux Smart Autonomy,” builds on ArcBest’s award-winning Vaux Freight Movement System. Vaux Smart Autonomy enables the company’s AMR line of electric forklifts to operate in autonomous, remote, or manual modes.

The forklifts use advanced software, sensors, and cameras to safely navigate a busy warehouse, detect and identify pallets and racking systems, and perform complicated tasks. With added options, the forklifts can use dimensioning and 2D barcode reading to unlock additional “smart” functionalities.

ArcBest’s commitment to innovation and ongoing investments in technology have led to the development of Vaux Smart Autonomy. Vaux Smart Autonomy will revolutionize material handling for customers, helping to optimize and unlock greater efficiencies in their warehouses, distribution centers, and the overall supply chain.

ArcBest’s Vaux AMR 5K Counterbalance Forklift has a capacity of 5,000 lbs., max heights of 18 feet and 23 feet, and requires 12.5 feet of aisle space. The Narrow Aisle Reach Truck has a capacity of 4,000 or 4,500 lbs. and needs just 9.5 feet of space.

Electric drive has taken hold in the forklift industry, with more than 60% of the current forklift fleet already electric. Going electric can make it easier for big companies to go autonomous and cut back on their operating costs. Autonomous forklifts can reduce liability exposure and cut back on workman’s comp. liability.

Autonomous forklifts can help companies address the challenge of finding skilled forklift operators. Vaux Smart Autonomy is a transformational innovation that can help customers achieve their financial and operational objectives.