HAI Robotics Launches 3 New Systems for Vertical Warehousing
October 26, 2021
HAI Robotics, which develops autonomous case-handling robotic (ACR) systems for warehouse logistics operations, has announced three new products during the CeMAT Asia Expo in Shanghai. The company said the new products aim to unblock the bottleneck in the intralogistics sector for companies looking for higher storage density and flexibility.
The company’s HAIPICK A3 fork-lifting and A42-FW flexible-width ACR were announced, as well as a new look for the A42T telescopic ACR, which the company said reaches a new storage height record in the industry at 10 meters.
The A3 robot, adopting a fork-lifting picking design, is created for wider storage scenarios in which goods are not necessarily placed inside a box. The design differs from previous HAIPICK robots that use clamping, giving larger storage possibilities and better rack space utilization. Goods that don’t require a container, such as tires, trays and boards that can be lifted by a fork from the bottom could be easily handled at higher picking efficiency. The A3 robot uses SLAM navigation, enabling more man-machine mixed field operations, as well as environmental features that protect against dust, static and pollution.
The second product, the A42-FW robot, includes a fork that can flexibly adjust according to the size of goods, allowing it to pick and handle different sizes of totes or cartons. The robot has a chassis that measures 900 mm in width, narrower than standard aisle of 1,000 mm in width, allowing for a 5% boost in storage density. Its pick height of 190 mm to the lowest means that storage density can be elevated by another 6%, HAI Robotics said. With the robot having the ability to dynamically adjust storage locations according to the size it perceives with the fork, storage locations can be increased by 20%.
The A42-FW flexible-width ACR includes a fork that can flexibly adjust according to the size of goods, letting it pick and handle different sizes of totes or cartons.
Along with the new robots, HAI Robotics also launched a new version of its HAIQ software, which commands the ACR’s operations. HAIQ nova allows seamless interaction with all kinds of equipment, including other mobile robots, SLAM-based robots, and conveyor belts.
“Since we initiated the world’s first ACR system in 2015, we have been constantly updating our product as well as solutions, centering on elevated picking height, flexible picking arms, slender robot body and better software system,” said Richie Chen, the founder and CEO of HAI Robotics. “[This addresses] the demands for higher storage density, mixed picking of totes and cartons, and more storage locations against the backdrop of surging e-commerce order-fulfillment strain.”
The company said it also has more than 300 projects running across the globe, which has enabled it to accumulate abundant customer data in order to update its ACR technology for a better user experience.
For more information on their automation systems, visit the HAI Robotics website here.