Towing Solutions for Carts or Trolleys

Tractonomy offers multi-robot solutions for moving materials on carts in manufacturing, e-commerce, postal and hospital logistics.

Our approach to transport carts and trolleys that are already in use makes our robots usable in a wide range of logistics applications with fast returns on investment.

Move carts without breaking your people or your wallet

Carts are so widely used in production and warehouse logistics that it is easy to forget how repetitive and expensive it is when your staff handle them, all over your facility. 

Our Autonomous Towing Robots (ATR) dock and tow nearly any cart with minimal effort. It does not matter how wide, long or tall a cart is. ATRs safely transport carts across facilities using robust mechatronics and navigation, all managed at the application level by our state-of-art multi-robot management software.

Transporting Kit Carts to Production Lines
How It Works

How it works

Make your existing carts towable by adding a simple hitch or no hitch at all. ATRs use vision and navigation technology to identify carts, pick them up and transport them to where you need them. ATRs can be deployed in single or multi-robot teams. ATR fleets can work as simple standalone solutions or integrate with WMS or IoT systems.

ATRs dramatically reduce driving and walking time leading to major savings in short periods. They offer a safe alternative to injury-inducing cart or pallet transport work such as reducing risk of forklift accidents.

Autonomous Towing Solutions for Carts

Our cart towing solutions are the most efficient and effective in the robotics business. With towing capacities starting at 600kg and standards-compliant safety, autonomous cart towing can boost productivity. As a full-stack solution provider, we offer complete standalone or WMS integrated fleet solutions to handle cart transfers in your facilities.

Autonomous Towing Robot 2 - ATR2

The ATR2 is a class-leading autonomous tugger robot. With industry-first adaptive docking arms, safety navigation and the highest towing capacities in its class, fleets of ATR2 robots can scale across your material handling operations.

Specifications in a lab environment*:

  • Adaptive docking of carts 1meter wide1
  • Standard gross towing of 600kg-700kg2
  • Higher towing capacities possible3
  • Can handle carts with all caster wheels4
  • Speeds upto 2.5 m/s5
  • Safety with 360° area monitoring and brakes6

* Simulated data - not contractual data, contact us to obtain the latest data.

Autonomous Towing Robot 2 - ATR2

Cart Hitches and Robot Grippers

Towing robots can grip carts with or without any modifications to your existing carts. Our default option is our secure dock technology which requires a simple hitch fixed to the cart. We offer customized gripper designs to tow carts without secure dock. 

Send us pictures of your cart and we’ll suggest the best option for your application.

Safe and Fast Inductive Charging

Rapid inductive charging (85% charge in 30 minutes) is built into ATRs. Pair it with the safest inductive chargers on the planet and our opportunistic charging software to get the longest life from ATR batteries. 

We use very reliable and safe battery solutions, completely CE and UL rated for the EU and US markets. 


How It Works

Facility-wide applications with fast payback

Our advanced Multi-robot management (MRM) gateway manage fleets of ATRs for 24/7 operations in busy warehouse floors.

Integrate MRM with a simple table on the shopfloor for your associates to call a robot, or make it facility wide by interfacing your WMS or MES. 


Kit carts to Production Lines

Looking for a cart transport solution that is predictable and productive?

We can help you estimate an optimal solution that provide returns on investment in short periods

Flexible material transfers using your current carts

Learn how our cart towing solutions can work for you

Integrations with ASRS

Integrations with Goods-to-Person Systems

Accelerate ROI by using towing robot solutions to feed materials in and out of your autostorage or goods-to-person investment.

Cart Distribution Solution

Kit carts to Production Lines

Increase predictability and decrease cost by automating cart flows between your internal warehouses and assembly lines.

Learn More About Waste Cart Handling

Picking and Putaway with Carts

Dramatically cut walking time in by using robots for case picking or non-conveyable goods picking, kitting,  milk runs and other applications.

Learn More About Waste Cart Handling

Waste container handling

ATRs can manage transportation of waste containers in busy shop floors to disposal areas leaving your staff with time for value-added work.

See how much productivity and savings you gain with Autonomous Towing Robots

We have demonstrated how easy it is for companies, big and small, to benefit from autonomous towing robot solutions. Using simple approaches for maximum success coupled with quick payback periods as low as 1 to 1.5 years - we help you maximize productivity and profit. 


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