Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/18/2022


The Raymond Corporation (a Toyota Industries Company) University Research Program is a sponsored research program created to drive the next generation of technology for the material handling industry. The industry’s end-to-end approach to provide complete solutions to customers that are smarter, more efficient and more effective has fueled this program. The mission is to encourage professors and researchers to apply their knowledge of engineering and technical fields, drawing synergies and collaboration between collegiate research and The Raymond Corporation.

Deadline for Concept Review: Aug. 27, 2021

Areas of Interest

Through the University Research Program, The Raymond Corporation is seeking proposals that innovate and elevate the material handling industry.

Proposal themes related to these areas are encouraged, but given the broad nature of material handling, other themes are welcome. Each theme is followed by a question that a project could address as an example.


The Future of Logistics

  1. Material handing in an uncertain future | How should industry prepare for future supply chain disruptions?
  2. Material handling in a “smart city” | What equipment and distribution facilities are needed to support smart cities?
  3. Warehouse design | What equipment is needed for a revolutionary new facility that combines retail, e-commerce, inventory storage and reverse logistics and what does the facility look like?
  4. Urban and suburban package delivery | How could goods be configured just before delivery?


Improving Material Handling

  1. Automation and material handling | What hardware and software can ease the transition to automation?
  2. Advanced sensors for material handling | What new technology can be used for indoor location tracking, measuring wear or monitoring ergonomics?
  3. Advanced vision systems and material handling | How could productivity be improved with vision systems enabled by lower cost, higher performing computers?


Truck and Operation Evolution

  1. Industrial design of vehicles | What new materials and processes can improve the design, manufacturability and sustainability of material handling vehicles?
  2. Operator ergonomics | How can digital twins and human factors improve operator productivity?
  3. Neurotechnology applications in material handling | How could operator productivity improve with a direct connection to the human brain or an indirect haptic connection?
Eligibility Requirements
  • Full-time professors or researchers in North American universities are eligible to apply.
  • The University Research Program's  Proposal Confirmation Letter must be approved without modification by the university as part of the proposal submission process.
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