Chuck wins design awards

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
The Chuck mobile robot by 6 River Systems is a Red Dot design award winner.

WALTHAM, MassachusettsChuck, the collaborative mobile robot made by 6 River Systems, Inc. (6RS), which is part of Ottawa-based Shopify Inc., has been honored with two Red Dot Awards for Product Design.

Chuck was lauded in the Smart Products category and Product Design for Robotics category for its best-in-class industrial design.

The cobot uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to help warehouse associates work faster. It leads associates through their work zones to help them minimize walking, stay on task and work more efficiently.

Chuck can be used in all put-away, picking, counting, replenishment and sorting tasks without the need for changes to an operation’s infrastructure. It is configurable up to six levels to accommodate three times the workspace and twice the weight of any competitive offering.

6RS’ team of engineers, programmers and partners designed the robot to resemble other widely standardized, proven and easily-recognizable tools we use in everyday life. Chuck resembles an automobile and uses familiar touch-screen controls, RF technology and put-to-light cues. Its design and easy-to-use interface enables new associates to reach performance standards in minutes.

“The winners of the Red Dot Award have proved that they have created excellent products worthy of winning an award. The products won over the jury not only through their aesthetic, but also thanks to their incomparable functionality. With their designs, the award winners are setting new standards in their industry. I wish to congratulate them most sincerely on their success,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot.

The Red Dot Award: Product Design offers designers and manufacturers from all over the world a platform for assessing their products. In 2020, designers and companies from 60 countries entered more than 6,500 products in the competition across 49 categories.

The Smart Product category looked at entries across industries, and the organization remarks that winning proves the product “successfully achieves the complex interaction between humans and technology in the age of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.”

On June 22, 2020, Chuck will be added to the exhibition “Design on Stage” in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, in Germany, where all of the award-winning products will be on show. The winning product from 6 River Systems will also be presented in the online exhibition on the Red Dot website.

The Red Dot Design Yearbook 2020/2021 will be available in July 2020.