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ECHO ROBOTICS BECOMES AGZA AFTC® CERTIFIED

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AGZA AFTC LogoLake Zurich, Illinois. – The American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) is pleased to announce ECHO Robotics has earned an AGZA Field Tested Certification (AFTC) designation for their line of battery-powered robotic mowers and golf ball pickers. ECHO USA has taken a proactive approach to developing a line of robotics which helps municipal and private golf course operations deal with staff shortages and the use of conventional gas mowers which are significantly louder than ECHO Robotics mowers. This spring marks the culmination of three years of independent testing by AGZA.

Echo Robotics

AGZA was given unobstructed access to ECHO Robotics distributors, installers, and service operations to gather additional verified hours of use, independent of ECHO Robotics. Through our relationship with the national “Robotics As A Service” AOS, AGZA was able to closely monitor several installation projects which became case studies on the performance, reliability, and overall satisfaction of ECHO Robotics, primarily in golf course settings. A big thank you to Joe Langton, Founder of AOS (Automated Outdoor Solutions) for letting AGZA in behind the curtain.

ECHO ROBOTICS:

ECHO Robotics is part of ECHO Incorporated, a worldwide leader in professional-grade outdoor power equipment for more than 50 years. Through forward-thinking market research, engineering expertise and acknowledgment of customer needs, we have innovated upon and pioneered ground-breaking products—moving sports-turf and driving-range management into a new era with ECHO Robotics.

ECHO Robotics gained traction in the United States with its flagship products, the TM-2000 autonomous mower and RP-1200 autonomous range picker. ECHO Robotics has differentiated itself by focusing on robust, reliable, and efficient solutions tailored specifically for the needs of large commercial property professionals.

Over the years, ECHO Robotics has expanded its product line to include a range of GPS-RTK enabled models for precise navigation and increased efficiency and production. They continue to innovate by collaborating with industry partners and incorporate these ideas into new technologies designed to increase quality, performance, and customer satisfaction.

AGZA EVALUATIONS:

AGZA was given unobstructed access to ECHO Robotics distributors, installers, and service operations to gather additional verified hours of use, independent of ECHO Robotics.

Dan Mabe, President AGZA & Joe Langton, President AOS

Robot as a Service Case Study

Trough our relationship with the national “Robot as a Service” Automated Outdoor Solutions (AOS), AGZA was able to closely monitor several installation projects which became case studies on the performance, reliability, and overall satisfaction of ECHO Robotics, primarily in golf course settings. Automated Outdoor Solutions offers a subscription model using ECHO Robotic solutions allowing customers to have a model where AOS will purchase the units. In this model AOS will insure, service, deal with warranty repairs on site, and service typical wear items in one simple monthly subscription process. This model has allowed customers the option to put robots into their OPEX budget and treat AOS as a subcontractor of automated mowing, picking, and ball washing. A big thank you to Joe Langton, Founder of AOS (Automated Outdoor Solutions) for letting AGZA in behind the curtain.

The Boca Raton features an ECHO RP-1250 and an ECHO TM-2050. The TM-2050 has been cutting six acres of grass for three years and picking an average of 7,000 golf balls per day for the same period. These are in full subscription, so the units are field serviced by “on call” AOS robotics support technicians. Eric, their superintendent, is pleased with the turf health on their golf range and is looking to automate other areas on the property.

Hunters Run Country Club in Boynton beach has two ECHO RP-1250 units picking an average of 22,000 golf balls per day and delivering those balls to the first united states AMS ball wash and management system. There is also a TM-2050 on the driving range cutting its 5.82 range every day to one inch with the ECHO ball protection discs, this system has been in operation since late in 2023.

Glen Ed Soccer in Edwardsville has two TM-2050 units, one TM- 1050, and one TM-1000 cutting several soccer fields and their grass parking lot. The soccer fields total 15.3 acres, and the parking lot is 5.58 acres of grass parking lot, totaling 20.88 acres of automation over a ten-month season. This customer is going on year three of their service contract.

Ibis Club in West Palm Beach Florida has had four ECHO RP 1250 units picking up an average of 50,000 golf balls per day. These started as RP 1200 units and were upgraded to wireless units for the club when ECHO made the technology available. The club benefits from the new technology without worries, as AOS has upgraded the units. They achieved this by adjusting monthly service costs and extending the existing service contract.

Southern California Case Study – Alta Vista Country Club Placentia, CA
An additional independent installation was conducted in coordination with Joe Holper of B&M Lawn and Garden who helped AGZA execute the installation and daily usage of an ECHO Robotics turf mower and ball picker at a popular Orange County CA golf course.

AGZA oversaw the installation of an ECHO TM-2000 Robotics Mower & Range Picker ECHO RP-1200 to maintain the six-acre driving range. To install the system, wiring was necessary to create working areas for robots. Golf Course Staff received training from B&M to assist the robots in case of errors. AGZA also assisted with regular maintenance of both the robots and the perimeter wire. The Golf Pro Shop had ECHO’s web portal on their primary computers to monitor the robot’s productivity and deploy personnel when a robot would get stuck or needed any type of assistance. AGZA was given independent access to this portal for the testing period. As soon as GPS-RTK came to ECHO, B&M installed it in the Range Picker to help increase productivity. The picker was able to pick in a systematic pattern rather than in a random pattern, for better efficiency.

Positive Attributes of System
The robots freed up time for staff to conduct other important tasks in a timely manner. The mower allowed landscape crews to do more maintenance on irrigation, planting, and manicuring of the Golf Course. The ball picker system freed up time for Golf Pro staff to maintain golf carts and interact with guests. Overall, the robots allowed staff to pay more attention to guests and the facility.

How ECHO Robotics provides B&M customers with more flexibility
Staff at schools, universities, sports parks, and golf courses all have many tasks to perform during the workday. When the workload increases and there are less staff to accomplish the mission, ECHO Robotics Systems can put the skilled worker where they can be most effective, helping them to get the most out of the day. ECHO robots are clean, quiet, and battery electric powered. Once installed correctly, they can conduct regular maintenance. A total of 3,600 hours were logged in 280 days at 13 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Pictured: B&M Lawn and Garden Center installation, California, USA

ECHO ROBOTICS AFTER-MARKET SUPPORT:

ECHO Robotics places a strong emphasis on after-market support to ensure the continued performance and satisfaction of their customers. Through a two-pronged approach via factory-direct operations and a growing, strengthening dealer network, the focus is on several key areas:

  1. Technical support: provided for users via various channels for both customer-direct and dealer.
  2. Training programs: The company provides training programs for customers and dealer personnel to ensure they have a knowledge base and skills to operate, install, and service their products.
  3. Warranty Coverage: ECHO Robotics stands behind the quality and reliability of their products with a two-year warranty.
  4. Parts and Accessories: ECHO Robotics maintains a stock of genuine replacement parts and accessories for their products.
  5. Field Service: ECHO Robotics offers field service support. Their team of trained technicians can make scheduled field visits with a dealer when appropriate and when needed to solve customer issues.
  6. Software Updates: ECHO Robotics regularly releases software updates and enhancements for customers to improve performance, functionality, and security of their products. All software updates are included in the base price of the system for customers.

Pictured: Left, Jake Vollbeer & Kyle Quantrell of ECHO Robotics in San Jose California, USA. Right, ECHO Robotics testing at Arroyo Seco Golf Course Southern California.

ECHO ROBOTICS MOWER ATTRIBUTES

Advantages include:

  • Turf looks freshly mowed all day, every day.
  • Quiet operation allows it to be used in noise-sensitive areas.
  • Significant energy cost savings when compared to other traditional operator mowing platforms.
  • Emissions-free operation.
  • 24/7 and fully autonomous operation in most environmental conditions.
  • Advanced automation, guidance, and remote monitoring features.

ECHO ROBOTICS GOLF BALL PICKER Attributes

Advantages include:

  • Quiet operation allows it to be used in noise-sensitive areas.
  • Lightweight, reduces compaction of turf and eliminates balls being pressed into the ground.
  • Can be programmed to spend time in high density areas maximizing efficiency for range operators.
  • Picking wheel picks up during turns reducing picking wheel wear and turf damage for range operators.
  • 24/7 and fully autonomous operation allows for a clean, picked range each morning.

ECHO ROBOTICS SYSTEMS ARE AFTC CERTIFIED:

ECHO Robotics joins a prestigious growing list of tool platforms poised to experience growth and shape the future of Outdoor Power Equipment for our industry. ECHO Robotics allowed AGZA to test their robotics system for over three years of daily testing. Also, AGZA would like to stress that after-market support is essential to having a successful robotics system.

ECHO ROBOTICS & AGZA MOVING FORWARD:

ECHO Robotics and AGZA have made a pledge to collaborate with their sales, installation, and robotics as a service network to utilize their robotic mower and ball picker systems to create new AGZA Certified Green Zone properties or enhance existing Certified Green Zones to be quieter and more efficient.

AGZA’s primary concern is safety, followed by performance, durability and reliability. AGZA is confident the ECHO Robotic mower and ball picker system platform will noticeably help reduce noise and carbon emissions. The more reliable the system, the more impact reductions can be achieved. “AGZA hopes to work with ECHO Robotics in the future to substantiate national, even global impact reductions through our ELF (Environmental Landscape Footprint) software. We anticipate folks will see a sizeable return on their investment and profitability,” said Dan Mabe President of the American Green Zone Alliance.

AGZA cannot stress enough that our value and credibility depend on our voice remaining independent. We test and vet tools from manufacturers who recognize the value of our field certification, then provide this information to professional crews in commercial, municipal, and academic settings. We insist on the most candid feedback from operators — both positive and negative. That’s our only guide in determining which brands and tools are truly viable to replace gas machines in large-scale electric operations.

Pictured: American Green Zone Alliance Founder and President Dan Mabe overseeing real time operations of ECHO Robotics mower and ball picker.


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