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K.Hartwall and Hy-Tek Intralogistics announce partnership

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Hy-Tek Intralogistics, who is a premier integrator of full-service automation technologies in the supply chain in the US.

With the combination of Hy-Tek’s enterprise logistics platform and K.Hartwall’s Automated Guided Vehicles, the A-MATE® FreeLift and the A-MATE® Counter, customers will now achieve a much faster return on investment by reducing operational costs and increasing efficiency in their intralogistics processes.

 “The partnership with Hy-Tek is an important step for K.Hartwall to establish a local presence with the A-MATE® mobile robots in the US market in addition to our already successful solutions like our roll cages, foldable cages, and Lean equipment,” said K.Hartwall’s Eero Heinonen, Head of Automation. “Hy-Tek has many years of experience in the field of logistics automation and has a nationwide commissioning and after-sales service. Now, in combination with K.Hartwall’s A-MATE® mobile robots, which have already been proven successful in the European market, our US customers are getting the best possible entry into the world of efficient and flexible automated intralogistics.”

AGVs and mobile robots automate the product flow in demanding environments, such as factories, warehouses, and sorting centers. They also decrease the dependency on skilled labor, process errors, and the risk of accidents. Ultimately, K.Hartwall’s A-MATE® solutions will offer Hy-Tek’s customers a means of transporting unit loads without the need for an on-board operator and the use of specialized transfer stands.

“K.Hartwall’s A-MATE® solutions offer flexible, autonomous transport and elevation of various loads including GMA-style pallets, which are commonly used in the US market,” said Collette Henn, Sr. Manager R&D at Hy-Tek Intralogistics. “The agility, ease of maintenance, and safety features that include continuous safety scanning, speed adjustment, and obstacle avoidance make it an excellent choice for our customers’ pallet and cage transfer needs.”

 K.Hartwall’s A-MATE® Counter offers customers across all industries the benefit of a fully electric mobile robot that has cantilevered forks and counterweight to move various load carriers like GMA pallets and cages.

The A-MATE® FreeLift on the other hand, is compatible with many cages and Euro-style pallets and offers an omnidirectional drive system for maneuverability in the tightest of spaces. It also has the capability to stack loads, as the scissor-free lift design and pallet detection functionality automatically adjusts to skewed pallets.

“We are excited to start our partnership with K.Hartwall and be able to open the North American markets to them,” said Zac Boehm, Vice President of Robotic Solutions at Hy-Tek Intralogistics. “By formalizing our partnership, it allows Hy-Tek to add to its existing solutions with a technology that focuses on eliminating non-value added material movements in today’s demanding and ever-changing environment, further enforcing our goal to meet our customers where they are in their automation journey.”


About Hy-Tek Intralogistics

Headquartered in Columbus, OH, Hy-Tek Intralogistics is an automation technology integrator serving clients in diverse end markets and applications, including e-commerce, third-party logistics, and parcel. Hy-Tek is the premier single-source provider of material handling solutions for a wide range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, construction, food, electronics, and automotive. Since 1963, Hy-Tek and its best-in-class industry partners have been providing customers large and small with turnkey solutions. From customized one-of-a-kind handling and storage systems to pre-assembled buildings and off-the-shelf products—Hy-Tek’s experienced team of engineering, sales, operations, and project management professionals’ partner with customers to help enhance productivity, streamline processes, and boost profitability.

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