Smart Robotics, a specialist developer of pick and place solutions for warehouses and logistics processes, has launched its new Smart Merchandise Picker.
The launch comes just at the start of the holiday season, with warehouses experiencing a surge in seasonal demand and the need to keep pace with sorting and shipping orders.
Designed as a collaborative robot (cobot), the Smart Merchandise Picker is capable of handling a range of lightweight goods, such as stationery and office supplies, portable devices such as smartphones and tablets, and a variety of toys in boxes.
The cobot comes with the guarantee of smart technology from Smart Robotic, allowing it to smoothly pick and place items at a pace suited to peak season needs. Using Smart Merchandise Picker for this purpose reduces the breakage of goods.
Johan Jardevall, CEO of Smart Robotics, says, “We are excited to introduce the Smart Merchandise Picker to the warehousing industries.
“With its advanced smart technology, the cobot is able to sort and stack items without wasting valuable space, while maximizing throughput capacity.
“With this intuitive picking cobot, we solve some common space optimization problems for warehouses, as the cobot is able to fill a bin or container to its optimum capacity.”
Seasonal fluctuations in demand can cause major disruptions for warehouses depending on the storage and sorting of different items. Warehouse capacity is typically stretched due to the space and infrastructure needed to accommodate high volumes of inventory and traffic.
This is especially the case for warehouses that specialize in stocking e-commerce and retail merchandise, such as electronics or personal care products that are popular gifts during the Christmas season.
Able to operate 24/7, the Smart Merchandise Picker improves warehouse throughput and production, ensuring more reliable turnaround times in highly demanding logistics.
The cobot’s reliability and ability to run continuously ultimately creates a faster return on investment – while addressing the labor crisis in logistics.
In addition, the cobot’s handling of repetitive and physically demanding tasks improves the quality of the physical and mental health of existing warehouse employees, while optimizing overall performance.
The cobot is able to handle items at a pace that matches human pickers, requiring very little supervision, ensuring reliable and uninterrupted operations. Employees also do not need to be highly trained or robotics-skilled to manage and supervise the cobot, it can be safely managed by people of all skill levels.
Smart Robotics introduced this cobot as part of the advanced robotic systems they are working on to make warehouse automation more versatile and dynamic in a high performance logistics industry.
Although this festive season may weigh on warehouse performance, the Smart Merchandise Picker is ready to order and configured to better equip warehouses to meet seasonal demands, all year round.