Unmanned forklift robotics firm Tusk raises hundreds of millions of yuan
36Kr announced on September 5 that Tusk, an unmanned forklift robotics company, received three rounds of funding totaling several hundred million yuan, following investments from Engage Capital, ZhenFund and 01VC. The funds will primarily be used for product development, team building and marketing.
Tusk was founded in 2021 and is located in Foshan, Guangdong Province. Its unmanned forklifts are different from the products available in the market because they integrate the robotics of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) with the functions of unmanned forklifts. As their product definition is completely different from traditional forklifts, Tusk forklifts have an overall height of not more than 150mm and hence are called stealth pallet robots.
Tusk has given its unmanned forklifts a thin and light chassis form, also allowing lidar to be carried on the chassis. It thus improves the obstacle avoidance of previous modified forklifts, realizes 360 degree laser obstacle avoidance and is able to detect objects in its path as low as 4cm in stereo vision.
It is also different from traditional top-lift (kiva-type) submerged robots in that it can transport pallets directly without additional supports. This design has even more advantages in terms of robot stability. Cargo can be transported directly on the robot, rather than by the fork arms, and the lower center of gravity and larger contact area allow for more stable cargo handling.
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These forklifts are also capable of in situ rotation and omnidirectional movement. They have no turning radius and can pass through aisles as narrow as 1.3 meters. In terms of operational efficiency, Tusk’s unmanned forklifts can reach a high operating speed of 1.5m/s, and the operating demand is lower than the manual working space, which also improves the operational efficiency to some extent.
For one, Tusk takes a modular approach to standardize the form of its hardware gear. In terms of software, Tusk designs a low-code system to enable users to achieve rapid deployment by dragging and dropping the construction diagram, shortening project implementation cycles to less than a week.