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Universal Logic Deploys Robotic Pallet Sorters for Associated Wholesale Grocers

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November 30, 2021

Universal Logic, which develops the Neocortex AI robot control software, has announced a deal for its fully integrated Neocortex Pallet Sorter system in several distribution centers of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG).

Designed for hands-free sortation tasks, the Pallet Sorter comprises an industrial robot controlled by Neocortex software to distinguish between various pallet types (blue, black, red and white wood), then separating them into homogenous stacks. A single operator can activate the system through a simple interface and then move on to other tasks, eliminating manual sorting procedures. The company said the system exceeds manual sorting, providing high accuracy while also generating real-time data metrics reporting. In addition, floor space is reduced and a quality inspection module can be purchased as an upgrade.

“The Neocortex Pallet Sorter is instrumental in improving our distribution supply chain efficiency,” said Richard Kearns, executive vice president of distribution and logistics at AWG. “Previous pallet handling required human judgment to sort the pallets. That is no longer the case. Universal’s software has resulted in greater efficiency, transparent real-time data metrics, and reduced costs.”

Universal Logic said Neocortex has been in use for more than a decade, with 280 million cycles in production that can handle “nearly every type of object that moves through supply chains,” including manufactured components and consumer goods. The company said it provides full-stack solutions for several applications, with engineering expertise that comes from years of practical experience.

“Every seasoned engineer understands that achieving high reliability requires both best-in-class development and superb integration, borne from years of practical experience,” said David Peters, CEO of Universal Logic. “Universal is ahead of the competition, in measure, due to our rich, nuanced insight that comes from tens of thousands of hours of effort delivering to satisfied customers.”

For more details on Universal Logic, visit its website here.

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