Swisslog Introduces SpeciMinder™ Autonomous Mobile Robot at PDC Summit 2010

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Autonomous mobile robot for hospital laboratories debuts at 2010 International Summit on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction in San Diego March 15-16.

Swisslog, a leading provider of automated materials transport and pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals, will introduce the SpeciMinder™ autonomous mobile robot at the 2010 International Summit on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC 2010) in San Diego, March 15-16.

The SpeciMinder mobile robot at PDC, nicknamed “Free Willy,” will move within the Swisslog booth (#821). SpeciMinders are available now and are designed exclusively for intra-departmental applications, particularly within hospital central laboratories, where they can provide both on-demand and scheduled transport of specimens weighing up to 50 pounds. The primary benefit of the robots is a tremendous increase in operational efficiency. They significantly reduce the manual labor required to move materials around a large department, resulting in many man-hours being returned to the department for other work.

SpeciMinders are highly maneuverable, capable of passing through congested hallways and door openings as narrow as 27 inches. Their small footprint allows them to turn on their axis. The robots, which move at normal walking speed, feature easy-to-use and flexible route generation technology and collision avoidance systems.

“The SpeciMinder is a natural extension of Swisslog’s Automated Materials Transport Systems (AMTS) product family,” said Jim Patrician, senior vice president of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions. “As a company, we have a solid track-record of responding to marketplace demands. By adding SpeciMinder to our AMTS product portfolio, we continue that tradition.”

The SpeciMinder autonomous mobile robot is available for either purchase or lease.

In addition to SpeciMinder’s public debut, Swisslog will use the PDC show to present information about its complete AMTS family of products, including pneumatic tube systems for rapid on-demand transport of light unit loads throughout the hospital and an automated guided vehicle system for scheduled transport of heavy bulk loads.

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is the leading supplier of logistics automation solutions for healthcare facilities. Swisslog has installed automated materials transport and pharmacy automation systems in more than 3,000 hospitals and pharmacies around the world, including more than 2,000 in North America. Swisslog offers total systems design, manufacturing, installation and customer support providing a complete supply chain management approach to the logistics challenges of hospitals. The North American division of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is based in Denver, CO.

About Swisslog

Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. Its comprehensive services portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers to implementing Swisslog's own software to intra-company logistics solutions for hospitals.

Swisslog’s solutions optimize customers’ production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries rely on.

Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs over 2,000 staff in about 20 countries worldwide. The group’s parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1232462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG.S). For more information, visit http://www.swisslog.com.

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