History of Innovation
Explore our timeline of innovation, where a legacy of pioneering spirit has propelled us to the forefront of technological advancements. It all began in 1883 when John Bean revolutionized agriculture with the invention of a continuous spray pump, setting the stage for our journey of innovation. From our first wire-guided AGV in 1981 to groundbreaking installations like the AGV-based automatic trailer loading system in 2006 and the introduction of 3D camera technology in 2017, innovation has always been our driving force. Our milestones reflect our unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in automation and technology.
John Bean invents a continuous spray pump to battle scale in his almond orchards.
FMC designs and builds its first wire guided automated guided vehicle (AGV) for IBM Corporation.
FMC delivers a wire guided AGV system supporting paper roll movement in the newspaper industry.
FMC introduces the software tool Layout Wizard™ to allow quick/easy road system design and modification.
FMC Technologies installs its first AGV based automatic trailer loading system. First Natural Feature Navigation used in a hospital.
JBT upgrades the user interface for SGV Manager with an intuitive, user-friendly configurable 3D interface.
JBT launches the modular, expandable SGV 4000 vehicle control platform featuring standard, off the shelf components and adds the tugger vehicle into the product line.
JBT introduces 3D camera technology to improve pallet detection.
JBT partners with Crown to automate their tow truck and Hyster-Yale Group to automate their manual reach truck with natural feature navigation vision technology.
JBT installs first freezer vehicle in a -10°F warehouse application. JBT introduces the simplified vehicle user interface called SGV Go!
SGV Manager software undergoes third-party cybersecurity audits to ensure that JBT meets the requirements of the AICPA SOC2 Type2 framework.
JBT integrates 3rd Party manufactured vehicles (both AGV/AMR) into systems, providing interoperability via SGV Manager.