March 29, 2021

Tompkins IAMRobotics400x275Tompkins Robotics and IAM Robotics have teamed up to create a new robotic application that automates the exit process on a unit sortation order fulfillment system. The new system, called xChange, uses a robot to remove completed order containers from a sortation process and place empty order containers in position.

The xChange system combines the fully automated unit sortation system with an autonomous container removal system, which reduces the costs and labor requirements of distribution in a fulfillment center. IAM Robotics created an original line of industrial robots to achieve the vision of xChange, based on the company’s latest robot model, Atlas. 

Typically, a unit sorter system utilizes an associate to manually sort items from an accumulation chute to unique order containers, and place the containers onto a takeaway conveyor. Tompkins said the robotic sortation system allows most orders to be sordid directly into an order container, and xChange automatically removes and replaces the container, completely automating the sortation/order fulfillment exit process.

Tompkins said it can now deliver end-to-end fulfillment capabilities, including goods-to-person inventory delivery, pick-and-place induction robotics, t-Sort robotic sortation, and automated packaging, in addition to xChange. 

“We are proud to unveil this breakthrough automation technology with our partner, IAM Robotics,” said Mike Futch, CEO and president of Tompkins Robotics. “This collaboration combines the strengths of both companies to put the final piece together to maximize fulfillment automation for our industry.”

The Atlas robot used for xChange includes a fully configurable tote tower and a mobile base with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and direct drive wheels. The wheels provide unmatched force/torque compliance for safety – it can be moved even when unpowered, Tompkins said.

“We are excited to partner with Tompkins to provide a fully automated sortation/order fulfillment exit process,” said Tom Galluzzo, CEO and founder of IAM Robotics. “The collaboration between our robotics systems will be a game-changer for logistics.”

More details about Tompkins Robotics can be found here, and information on IAM Robotics can be found here.

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