Linde Material Handling automated forklifts with laser guidance technology.
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Automated trucks

Driverless around-the-clock

Automated logistics trucks are the future of the efficient flow of materials. They take over tiring transport tasks from employees, increase the handling volume and reduce the error and accident rates in the warehouse. Linde Material Handling offers a wide range of cutting-edge automation solutions with electric forklifts, pallet trucks and tow tractors from the MATIC series. All models are equipped with intelligent navigation and safety technology, but can also be manoeuvred conventionally via manual control.

P-MATIC from Linde Material Handling

P-MATIC – tow tractor

  • Transport of heavy goods to the production line
  • Tugger train applications
  • Disposal of reusable materials

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L-MATIC from Linde Material Handling

L-MATIC – pallet stacker

  • Handling and storage at lower heights
  • From the conveyor belt to mechanised order picking
  • Handling pallets and pallet cages

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L-MATIC HD from Linde Material Handling

L-MATIC HD – pallet stacker

  • Medium-sized lifting and storage device
  • Load transport from the warehouse to the machine
  • Handling of pallet cages and transport containers

L-MATIC AC from Linde Material Handling

L-MATIC AC – counterbalanced pallet stacker

  • Handling and storage at lower heights
  • From storage and retrieval through to conveyor belts
  • Handling of closed pallets, pallet baskets or pallet cages

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K-MATIC from Linde Material Handling

K-MATIC – very narrow aisle truck

  • Moving goods into and out of storage in narrow aisles at great heights
  • Modular system
  • Complete pallet handling

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R-MATIC from Linde Material Handling

R-MATIC – reach truck

  • Storage and retrieval at heights
  • Goods transport to supply production
  • Innovative 3D camera system for precise storage and retrieval in the rack

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C-MATIC from Linde Material Handling

C-MATIC – guided cart

  • Transport of light goods to the production line
  • Kitting for the assembly line
  • Disposal of reusable materials

T-MATIC from Linde Material Handling

T-MATIC – pallet truck

  • Transport over long distances
  • Delivery to dispatch preparation areas
  • Transport of extra-long loads

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Applications covered by the automated trucks

Automation at all levels

The MATIC trucks can be used for a wide range of applications in the material flow. Overall, we need to distinguish between four areas of application: automated tow tractors are used for goods transport. Automated pallet trucks are ideal for the low-level lifting, transportation and setting down of goods. The pallet stackers and reach trucks from the MATIC series are used for storage and retrieval at medium to high rack levels. Finally, very narrow aisle trucks make it possible to automate work even in the tight spaces and great heights of a high rack warehouse.

Geonavigation

The Linde MATIC trucks are controlled by a geonavigation system. Four optical laser sensors scan the truck environment in all directions with a range of up to 30 metres (standard version). The immediate environment is captured by a 3D camera, which is mounted at the highest point of the truck chassis. The data from both recording systems are processed centrally. This enables coordination with other automated trucks and ensures that the MATIC models operate safely even in confined spaces.

External guides, such as guide rails laid in the floor or light reflectors, are not necessary. When changing location, the trucks completely re-map their environment.

Networked

The spectrum ranges from implementation without any system connection, to networking with operational systems, machines and facilities.

Safe

The comprehensive equipment, such as scanners and cameras, guarantees traffic safety, even in mixed working conditions.

Flexible

The geonavigation does not require any expensive infrastructure. Routes and reference points can be easily adapted to all conditions.

Transparent

The system generates valuable data, which can be used to help precisely optimise the productivity of logistics processes.

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Advantages at a glance

Safe working alongside people

The MATIC trucks navigate so precisely that they can work safely together with people. The trucks detect people and other trucks in the immediate environment and also register suddenly occurring obstacles, such as fallen pallets. The intelligent control brakes the trucks so that they adequately respond to a blockage or obstacles. The MATIC trucks then automatically resume their task. Easily accessible emergency stop switches provide additional safety.

User-friendly for easy handling

All forklifts and pallet trucks in the MATIC series have a clear 7-inch LED touchscreen that displays all the necessary information to the truck user. This shows information such as the travel path as well as the current battery status. The screen lists the current logistics tasks in real-time and provides information about their completion status. A PIN code can be used to export all the service information for the trucks and the data via a USB port.

Cost-effectiveness through perfect harmonisation

MATIC trucks achieve the greatest efficiency gains in areas where monotonous logistics tasks are constantly repeated. They can be integrated into warehouse logistics across shifts, in round-the-clock operation. Every truck has an intelligent control software that allows the entire MATIC fleet to be managed in real time. It assigns tasks to the individual trucks and ensures that routes and speeds are perfectly coordinated. The control software also provides interfaces for applications such as ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and WMS (Warehouse Management System), and synchronises the trucks with automatic hall doors and conveyors.

Tailor-made trucks

All trucks in the MATIC series can be fitted with optional additional features and tailored to your specific application. The trucks can be equipped with different drive and lifting motors, different battery sizes, hydraulically adjustable forks, electronically authenticated battery locks and a programmable height restriction of the mast, among other things. In addition, a 2D curtain laser as well as additional laser sensors on the sides of the truck are available for better navigation.

Automated trucks in use in a warehouse

More about our intralogistics and automation solutions

Intelligent automation for intralogistics processes

Our experience from countless customer projects in a range of different industries means that Linde Material Handling has a detailed understanding of intralogistics processes. We have used this understanding to develop standard applications to fully automate individual process steps or complete material flows.

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Software for intralogistics and automation

The digital control and networking of intralogistics and automation solutions ensures process reliability and work safety in the material flow. Linde Material Handling provides cutting-edge software solutions, including a scalable Warehouse Management System and a flexible forklift guidance system.

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