Why mobot?

"Helping minimise workplace manual handling to improve productivity, reduce costs, improve OSH and minimise the carbon footprint. A compelling ROI."


Faster & Safer

SafetyWorkplace Injuries and Illnesses Cost the USA an Estimated $250 Billion Each Year.

Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing workplaces were designed for maximum efficiency regardless of worker safety or long-term health.  Managers train workers to adjust to the demands of the work space, however deleterious. In contrast, Ergonomics is the science of making the workplace fit the worker, seeking solutions to workplace problems that create a safe, productive work place while reducing the likelihood of injury.

Workplace injuries and illnesses cost the nation an estimated $250 billion each year, according to a study presented in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Aside from the unnecessary and traumatic human suffering, when put in context it is more than the combined annual profits of the 20 largest companies in America.  Strictly from a cost-reduction standpoint, safety in the manufacturing workplace should be a primary preventive management concern.

In addition, these injuries cause absenteeism and poor employee morale.  The trained, problem-solving human being is one of the most expensive devices on earth.  The last thing an employer should do is place them in an unhealthy, unproductive work environment.

Ailments commonly associated with the industrial workplace include sprains, strains, joint dislocation, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, neck problems, and lower back pain.  These types of injuries lead to decreased productivity, poor product quality, lost workdays, and increased employer medical and workers’ compensation costs. Written By Earl Hagman, PhD 9/9/2013 2:43:00 PM - Article #54919

Mobots help minimise manual handling by filling the MHE Gap between Trolleys and Forklifts.

Speed & Endurance

A man pushes a trolley about 3kph for 6 hours per day. Mobot moves loads up to 12kph all day. Less time load/unloading = more time driving/delivering.


We each consume 1.4 loafs of bread and 1.5 litres of milk per week. Daily, the world moves millions of these items via networks of 1000's of trucks. Bread comes in crates stacked 12 high, any higher causes rota-cuff injuries. Yet, the delivery truck could take stacks of 20 - 40% of capacity is fresh air. No other device exists that solves this.

Milk comes in stacks of crates weighing 200kg. Manually moving loads this heavy causes sprains and strains. Repeatedly moving them all-day, everyday over kilometres from point of manufacture to point of sale is a serious OSH hazard.

The ubiquitous forklift, since the 1920s has helped revolutionise the workplace, improving productivity and optimising the manufacturing and transport industries.

However, forklifts are ill-equipped to deal with the velocity of daily-fresh Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) supply chains. The trusty trolley has not changed since the Industrial Revolution. Mobot, initially designed to work in the bread and milk industry, has the capability to revolutionise material handling.

Mobot is an evolutionary zero-turning inspired vehicle with an attached forklift device. It is an all electric, stand-on mini-forklift that can handle loads up to 880lbs (400kg), lift them 4ft (1.2m) high and travel up to 8mph. It uses two independently driven wheels which allow it to have zero-turn manoeuvrability in tight spaces.


  "The last mile of distribution accounts for 65% of the total supply chain costs" (article by Rick Pendrous, Manufacture.co.uk, 9 Aug 2013)

Bread Industry.  We each consume 1.4 loafs of bread a week. Daily, the World moves millions of these loafs via networks of thousands of trucks.  Bread can only be moved in stacks 12 high (shoulder height). Any higher and staff can suffer rota-cuff injuries trying to breakdown these loads. Yet, the delivery truck could take stacks of 20, therefore 40% of the trucks capacity is moving fresh air.

The Mobot was designed to lift a stack of 10 crates onto another stack of 10 crates and then load the truck with the stack of 20 crates. No other device exists that solve this.

Milk Industry. We also each consume 3 pints (1.5 litres) of milk per week. Milk is moved in a similar manner, but at 440lbs (200kg) a stack, Milk is much heavier than Bread stacks at only 220lbs (100kg).  The safety issue moving Milk is back/leg sprains & strains. Every day, staff push barrows loaded with 440lbs of Milk at 2mph in their 12 hour shift. That’s 24 miles per day (literally a marathon).

Exercise is good, but manually moving loads this heavy just cause’s sprains and strains.  Repeatedly moving them all-day, every-day over miles from point-of-manufacture to point-of-sale is a serious OSH hazard.  

The Mobot can carry 440lbs at 6mph 24/7. No larger than a coffee table, with zero-turning manoeuvrability the Mobot’s compact size allows it to operate inside trucks, across truck docks, narrow aisles and congested factory floors. It can go where no other forklift can. 

While the Mobot is specifically designed to lift Bread and Milk, it can also be used in other fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industries, super markets, light manufacturing, de-stuffing shipping containers and military markets. 

ROI. At a fraction of the cost of a forklift the Return on Investment of a Mobot compared with the running cost savings on a Truck operating  at only 60% capacity?… It’s about 3 weeks.



No bigger than a coffee table. Small, light and compact, Mobots easily manoeuvre within the confines of truck decks, shipping containers and congested factory floors. Zero turning for optimum agility in tight spaces.

No forklift can do that!

Clean & Green

Clean and GreenAll Electric
  • No fumes
  • Less noise
  • Less weight
  • Less energy consumption
  • Cheaper energy costs
  • Regenerative braking (up to 40%)
  • Less planned servicing, maintenance and repairs
  • No oils or leaking hydraulic fluid
  • Longer major component life = Lower total cost of ownership
Carbon Footprint.
This is becoming increasingly important as a point of advantage for many customers. Loading trucks to full capacity reduces the per lb/mile carbon footprint.
With this topic top on mind, everyone wants to ‘reduce their carbon footprint’, ‘go green’, ‘save the planet’, Mobot does exactly that.  They reduce the need for forklift trucks, load trucks faster and utilise the full deck volume. So fewer trucks are needed, Mobots are potentially a stepping stone to fulfilling our 2010 carbon reduction pledge!

Automated Inventory

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Contact us today to find out more information on how Mobot can help your business.

About Us

Mobotech designs and manufactures robotic handling solutions for commercial applications. Its first product, Mobot, fills the gap between hand barrow and forklift. Due to health and safety constraints trucks doing deliveries of FMCG products are only running with 60% capacity. Its customers are large FMCG distributors/logistics companies. This disruptive technology gives logistics companies a ROI in less than 3 months.
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Email:       steve.haythorne@mobotech.com