Seegrid Robotics Journalist Awards Announced Last Night at MODEX

Seegrid announced the recipients of the first annual Robo Journalist of the Year Award last night during MODEX 2016. Jeff Christensen, Vice President of Products and Services, shared, “I would like to thank the many experts in robotics journalism who applied for this award. It was difficult to choose between all the leading journalists reporting on the critical roles robots perform in the supply chain.” 

The winners include:

  • First place: John Hitch, Staff Writer at New Equipment Digest
  • Second place: Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor at Modern Materials Handling
  • Third place: Frank Tobe, Owner and Publisher of The Robot Report

The award acknowledged top journalists in the materials handling industry who have reported on the vital roles robots play in today’s factories and distribution centers.

Hitch commented, “Is there any more fascinating a topic to write about than robots right now? Half your audience may think their jobs are at risk, and the other ones can’t wait for an AI robot to become the best friend they never had, or maybe take care of their aging parents so they won’t have to. And it’s your job to separate the fear from the hope, the truth from the hyperbole. That is, until they find a robot to do it better.”

Trebilcock noted, “It’s a privilege to accept the award. As someone who has covered the materials handling industry for more than 30 years and is excited to watch the development of robotics solutions for our end users, it’s a privilege to be considered for this award.”

“I began my quest into robotics with an eye toward investing in publicly-traded and privately owned robotics businesses. I love what I’m doing – and finding out – and, in an effort to share my research, I set up and write articles for The Robot Report, a website that tracks the business of robotics,” responded Tobe.

About Seegrid

Seegrid (, the pioneer and leader in three-dimensional vision navigation, provides unique and revolutionary automation technology for materials handling.  Engineered with state-of-the-art Seegrid Vision, industrial trucks are transformed into the next generation of AGVs: vision guided vehicles (VGVs). VGVs navigate without wires, lasers, magnets, or tape, and deliver unmatched flexibility. Designed for simplicity and reliability, the Seegrid flexible automation solution is offered in a line of pallet trucks and tow tractors. Seegrid’s vision guided vehicles were recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.

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An award-winning organization, Seegrid is experiencing significant growth both in employees and clients. Multi-billion dollar organizations focused on lean manufacturing best-practices are turning to the Pittsburgh-based robotics leader. From large automotive operations to retail distribution centers, Seegrid VGVs are advancing the reality of a Fork Truck Free approach. VGVs improve workplace safety, reduce equipment and product damage, and deliver a rapid return on investment.

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