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Osaro, Innotech to Build AI Picking Demonstration for Pharmaceutical Factory


January 11, 2022

Osaro, which develops advanced robotics automation systems, and Innotech, which provides advanced products for electronics and consumer industries, have announced a collaboration to  create a demonstration for Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. using AI piece-picking robots. The two companies are jointly providing picking robots and building a system into a new factory production line, scheduled for completion in 2022.

Osaro said it will take the lead in providing  AI software to improve the efficiency of robot operations, and Innotech will provide support from demonstration testing to integration of the AI software. By automating the picking of bottle products with robots, the collaboration aims to reduce the workload and improve productivity at the Rohto factory, Osaro said. Rohto produces over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, beauty products and supplements. In the eye care category, sales of OTC eye drops account for more than 40% of the Japanese market.

“We are honored to have Osaro’s picking technology recognized by the next-generation smart factory of Rohto Pharmaceutical Co.,” said Derk Pridmore, CEO of Osaro. “We believe that the ability to integrate with existing equipment is a great advantage to create a new model case for Japan’s future factories and warehouses.”

“We have been conducting basic experiments with Rohto Pharmaceutical using robots that incorporate Osaro’s AI software,” said Yosuke Kaburaki, director of Innotech. “In the future, Innotech will continue to speed up the integration of Osaro’s software technology into Rohto’s production process to make it more effective and efficient.”

Osaro’s automation systems bring together advanced machine learning for object recognition with control software that adapts to customer data and environments. Its piece-picking solution is optimized for grocery, cosmetic, and e-commerce markets, where challenges include high SKU inventories, complex packaging, and fragile items that require delicate handling. The company said its solutions have been validated by the world’s leading retailers, system integrators, and third-party logistic companies. 

For more details on the Osaro technology, visit its website here.

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