New Robotic Solution to Automate Order Picking Is Transformational and Flexible; Applicable Across a Variety of Sectors Including Healthcare, Retail and Grocery
Today at MODEX 2020, KNAPP, a leading supplier of intralogistics systems, and Covariant, a leading AI Robotics company, announced a partnership to deploy and bring to market advanced AI Robotics solutions. KNAPP and Covariant have already developed several solutions together. The Pick-It-Easy Robot powered by Covariant AI, is designed for high performance single-piece picking applications and is currently operating in production at several customer sites in North America and Europe, including at Obeta, a German electrical supply wholesaler outside Berlin.
“Deploying AI Robotics solutions in customer environments is extremely challenging”
“Artificial intelligence will be a defining feature of the warehouse of the future, impacting all aspects of operations and fundamentally changing how business is done,” said Jusuf Buzimkic, SVP Engineering at KNAPP. “We looked at every solution on the market, and Covariant was the clear winner. Our partnership with Covariant will enable us to deliver cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology to our customers, providing a major leg up in an increasingly competitive world.”
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“Deploying AI Robotics solutions in customer environments is extremely challenging,” said Pieter Abbeel, President, Chief Scientist and co-founder of Covariant. “To be successful, you need to combine AI software with robotics hardware components, then make sure they integrate into a customer’s warehouse, which has dozens of other systems running. It’s a complex process that requires that every piece of technology is seamlessly integrated. KNAPP’s reputation, scale, and 50+ years of experience delivering innovative logistics technology makes them an ideal partner to deploy our AI Robotics technology to customer environments.”
KNAPP implemented its first Pick-It-Easy Robot seven years ago in Europe and has been actively developing and refining robotic and vision system technology since that time. The new Pick-It-Easy Robot powered by Covariant is now deployed, field proven and ready to use. According to Jusuf Buzimkic, “It can handle unlimited SKU types and works on challenging objects including polybags, banded-apparel, transparent objects and blister packs. It also learns to pick new objects it’s never seen before and improves over time”. The system can easily integrate into warehouses and facilities in the e-commerce, retail, electronics, cosmetics, food, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries; and a formidable advantage when leveraging the sequencing and versatility of KNAPP’s OSR ShuttleTM EVO.
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