Mujin Launches TruckBot, an Autonomous System for Unloading Trailers, Shipping Containers
Mujin, which develops intelligent automation solutions, has announced the launch of TruckBot, a new robot designed to unload trucks and shipping containers. The robot will be showcased at next week’s ProMat 2023 event in Chicago.
Able to unload up to 1,000 cases per hour, TruckBot is a robot with an unconventional design, built specifically to address challenges presented by the unloading process of floor-loaded trailers and containers employed at most warehouses and distribution centers.
“TruckBot is a game-changer for warehouses looking to streamline their operations and reduce costs,” said Ross Diankov, CEO of Mujin. “The dock door is the largest bottleneck in our supply chain, and unloading trailers is back-breaking work. TruckBot will improve safety and effectiveness for warehouses across the globe while unlocking the possibility for true fully autonomous operations.”
Mujin said TruckBot was designed to attach to standard telescoping conveyors found at many existing loading docks. It reaches up to 52 feet into the truck trailer or shipping container and can handle boxes up to 50 lbs., including containers with packing complexities and mixed SKU loads. The robot is powered by the MujinController, a robotics platform that enables it to work autonomously, planning the most efficient paths and movements while minimizing idle time and maximizing productivity.
“The MujinController software is what makes TruckBot truly special,” said Diankov. “It enables the robot to operate independently, without the need for manual intervention or oversight, and to make smart decisions about how to optimize its movements and picking strategies.”
In Mujin’s exhibit at ProMat, TruckBot will be working in collaboration with a Mujin palletizing robot to sort the cases to pallets for storage. Autonomous vehicles will then transport the pallets back to a depalletizing location to reset the cycle.
“TruckBot is the game-changer that the industry has been waiting for,” said Diankov. “It is a solution we have been developing for over six years, and we are excited to bring this innovative product to ProMat 2023 and showcase its abilities to the world.”
For more details on TruckBot and Mujin, visit its website here.