JLG Industries, McConnellsburg, Pa., a global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers, has established a developmental partnership with RE2 Robotics, Pittsburgh, a developer of intelligent robotic mobile manipulation systems. The collaboration is intended to advance the integration of robotics with access equipment to deliver improved operator safety and enhanced productivity on job sites.
“Robotic technologies have long been used in a variety of industries,” said Frank Nerenhausen, Oshkosh Corp. executive vice president and president, JLG Industries. “The productivity imperative, along with the COVID-19 pandemic have accelerated the need for and adoption of robotic technologies beyond the factory floor. In fact, a large focal area in construction and industrial applications today is remote operation of equipment that keeps workers out of harm’s way.”
RE2 was recently awarded a project by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a robotic solar field construction system for the outdoor autonomous manipulation of photovoltaic panels. The RE2 Sapien™ 6M robotic arm, along with RE2 Detect™ and RE2 Intellect™ software are being integrated with a JLG aerial work platform to support the transfer, lifting and placement of the photovoltaic modules. JLG is supplying engineering support during the technology development phase of the project.
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