Mailing service provider Kern is to distribute the iCart materials handling system under an agreement with automated technology manufacturer The Automation Group.
The iCart is a robotic guided vehicle system for moving materials around the mail room eliminating manually operated logistics systems. It works by using radio frequency ID tags located around the mail room to enable it to determine the route it should follow to deliver or collect materials from a variety of locations.
Kern general manager Pete Jolley said: “The iCart is a cutting edge product for the mailing industry. It removes the need for operators to manoeuvre heavy pallets around the mailroom and can work 24 hours a day, greatly improving productivity, reducing labour costs and without having to take breaks.”
The iCart can be used alongside systems such as the recently launched Kern 60 auto traying module, which stacks envelopes into postal trays, to both deliver raw materials to the system and take away the filled postal trays.