Toyota Material Handling Open House Showcases Top AGV Solutions

GEORGETOWN, Ky., (Aug. 27, 2009) - Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (THMU), Industrial Concepts Incorporated (ICI) and AutoGuide gathered recently for an open house to present new concepts in Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) technologies. Open to the public, the event highlighted available AGV options and educated consumers on the advantages of the fully automated industrial equipment.

The open house offered various demonstrations, including a brief presentation on how businesses can integrate low-cost AGV systems into their operations. A floor demonstration showcased the maneuvering and towing capabilities of Toyota's AGV products and AutoGuide's AGVs, along with the debut of ICI's PC-based AGV traffic control software Automated Vehicle Intersection Navigational Utility (AVINU). The systems provided the audience with an up-close look at the power and simplicity of these lower-cost AGV systems. A robot using "RecogniSense" vision guidance from Comau also demonstrated how robots use vision-guided technology to pick and set from AGVs without precision locating of the AGV.

"This event provided an ideal setting for Toyota and other leading companies, ICI and AutoGuide, to demonstrate the latest AGV solutions and technology," said Tim Meyer, Toyota AGV product manager. "AGVs are becoming increasingly popular as a way for companies to reduce operating costs and increase efficiency by helping to automate a warehouse or manufacturing facility."

About Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.

Celebrating more than 40 years of established operations in the United States, Irvine, Calif.-based TMHU has been the No. 1 selling lift truck supplier in the U.S. since 2002 and currently offers a full line of high-quality lift trucks sold under the Toyota brand. TMHU, as the sole United States distributor for Aichi, now offers a line-up of aerial work lifts, including scissor lifts, crawler and wheeled boom lifts designed specifically to meet a wide range of indoor and outdoor needs.

Built on a reputation of excellence, Toyota remains the industry leader due to its quality, durability and reliability. Quality is the hallmark of Toyota's world-renowned Toyota Production System practiced at all Toyota manufacturing facilities, including Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM). Most of the Toyota lift trucks sold in the United States are manufactured at TIEM, a zero-landfill facility, in Columbus, Ind.

TIEM, and all Toyota manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada, comply with the ISO 14001 standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and have been honored for their environmental management systems and dedication to continuous improvement.

Toyota's commitment to excellence in customer service extends nationwide. Sixty-eight authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers, with a total of 188 dealership locations throughout the United States, offer comprehensive customer service support, including one-stop shopping for both new and Certified Used lift trucks, parts and service, fleet servicing, and financing. For more information on TMHU, please visit or call 1-800-226-0009.

Dannielle Padilla
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Melinda Beckett-Maines
Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.

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