Tomahawk Construction Deploys Autonomous Capabilities from Teleo
Starting this December, Tomahawk Construction in Florida will be the first customer to deploy the autonomous capabilities from Teleo, Palo Alto, California, on an active job site. But eight more customers are lined up with orders to deploy 42 new Teleo-enabled machines on 17 job sites across eight U.S. states and Europe. Teleo will retrofit machines from brands such as Caterpillar, Komatsu, John Deere and Volvo for remote and autonomous operations and these machines will range in model year from 2005-2022. Teleo plans to have 20 machines on customer sites by the end of this year.
“Construction companies are facing historic labor shortages and incurring significant costs as their machines sit idle,” said Vinay Shet, co-founder and CEO of Teleo. “We are seeing an unprecedented number of customer orders, which demonstrates Teleo’s powerful value proposition. Our technology breathes new life into our customers’ machines, addresses their labor shortages, and makes the operators’ role safer and more comfortable.”
The initial autonomous capability being launched by Teleo is tramming, or autonomous hauling materials from one point to another. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida LLC will outfit two new Caterpillar wheel loaders with Teleo’s technology. These loaders will be stationed at two of the company’s asphalt manufacturing plants to load the feed bins. The plants are roughly 80 miles apart, marking the first time one operator will work across two job sites.
“The asphalt industry operates on tight schedules,” said Andy DeCraene, vice president for Ajax Paving. “When our customers require asphalt, we must deliver promptly, making it imperative for our machines and operators to remain available. Allowing one operator to control machines at multiple sites is a significant advantage. If an operator is unavailable at one site, another can operate the machine remotely. This is a genuine game changer for our business.”
Ajax Paving’s collaboration with Teleo was facilitated by one of Teleo’s dealers, Dobbs Positioning Solutions, a division of Dobbs Equipment that covers Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. Ajax Paving is the first company to introduce remote operation technology from among approximately 3,500 asphalt manufacturing plants across the United States.
Teleo launched its global dealer partner network earlier in 2023 and is further expanding its list to include Ozark Laser, Murphy Tractor, and Position Partners.
For more information, contact your local dealer.