December 8, 2021
Berkshire Grey, which develops artificial intelligence-enabled robot solutions to help automate supply chain processes, has announced its next generation Robotic Product Sortation (RPS) system for order fulfillment. The high-capacity automation solution robotically picks, sorts, and packs individual items into outbound order containers without the need for operator interaction.
The latest version of the RPS includes new features, such as a unique dual wing design that increases speed by more than 25%, and doubling the simultaneous order processing capacity. Berkshire Grey said this approach augments human labor to provide additional order processing capacity in existing operations, as well as facilitating a lights-out operations for customers looking to transform their fulfillment operations in the face of increasing labor shortages.
Currently deployed at multiple Fortune 100 retailers, the RPS is specifically designed to autonomously pick, sort and pack large orders in high-volume operations for store replenishment, e-commerce, and business-to-business fulfillment. The company said its systems can easily integrate into existing operations for growing e-commerce and less-than-case order volumes. The systems are compatible with a range of products, packaging and order types, including health and beauty items, apparel, electronics, housewares, packaged food, child care products, pet care, office supplies, toys, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and other general merchandise items.
“Our Robotic Product Sortation solution uses AI and machine learning software coupled with advanced machine vision, sensors, patented gripping technology and engineered handling components to reimagine work for enterprises thriving in an on-demand world,” said Steve Johnson, COO at Berkshire Grey. “RPS is a proven solution that addresses some of the most labor-intensive processes our customers face in their fulfillment operations.”
The system can be used as a stand-alone module, in conjunction with other Berkshire Grey technologies (such as their mobile robot solution), or integrated with leading solutions in the automated storage and retrieval (AS/RS) space. Berkshire Grey said the modular design of the system allows companies to scale the number of simultaneously fulfilled orders into the thousands, and the number of items robotically picked per week into the millions.
For more details on the system, visit the Berkshire Grey website here.