Brightpick Launches Autopicker, a Picking AMR for Order Fulfillment
Kentucky-based Brightpick has announced its Brightpick Autopicker, a commercially available autonomous mobile picking robot designed for e-commerce and grocery order fulfillment. The company said Brightpick Autopicker is the only warehouse robot capable of both picking and consolidating orders in the aisles. Like humans with carts, the Autopicker robots can move around the warehouse, retrieve product storage totes/bins from shelving, and robotically pick items from those totes to consolidate orders directly in the aisles.
Compared to other automated fulfillment systems, the Autopicker does not need to travel back and forth to centralized picking stations, Brightpick said. This feature means that warehouses need fewer robots to fill orders, which can lead to reduced costs and improved ROI, as well as provide a lower cost per pick than other solutions.
The end-to-end robotic solution also takes less than a month to deploy, enabling warehouses to reduce their picking labor by 95%, and cuts costs for order fulfillment by half. Brightpick said a typical Autopicker fleet in a warehouse consists of 15 to 100 robots. The fleet and fulfillment process is orchestrated and optimized through its Intuition software.
“Our patented Brightpick Autopicker is the most advanced fulfillment robot ever created and is a game-changer in the warehouse automation space,” said Jan Zizka, CEO and co-founder of Brightpick. “Until now, there has never been a robot capable of both picking and consolidating orders on its own as it moves around a warehouse.”
The company said Brightpick Autopicker was designed specifically for e-commerce and grocery retailers, and can be used in large, small and micro-fulfillment centers. The system can pick groceries, cosmetics, personal care products, electronics, pharmaceuticals, apparel and more with 99.99% accuracy, Brightpick added. The robot also comes with goods-to-person capabilities for items that require human dexterity, and can autonomously find the nearest human to complete a pick if needed.
Brightpick said the system’s artificial intelligence algorithms have been trained on more than 250 million picks to date, and the machine vision and machine learning systems help it improve with each pick. The system works with standard warehouse shelving and totes, and can integrate with any warehouse environment, including existing operations and mezzanine designs. Companies can increase their storage density in warehouses by 250% through standard shelving up to 10 feet high.
Brightpick offers the solutions in two purchasing models – either as a robots-as-a-service option or outright capital purchase. The company said several companies in the U.S. and Europe are planning to roll out the Autopicker in warehouses during 2023.
For more details on the company and its system, visit Brightpick’s website here.