Robotic piece picking

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by Emily Atkins

Movu Robotics has launched the Movu eligo robot picking arm.

A fully integrated robotic bin picking solution, developed in close collaboration with Righthand Robotics, Movu eligo can automatically piece-pick from a single-SKU source bin and place the individual items into multiple mixed-SKU destination bins.

Movu eligo can automatically piece-pick from a single-SKU source bin and place the individual items into multiple mixed-SKU destination bins.

Developed to close the gap between manual and fully automatic pick operation, Movu eligo provides a solution for labour shortage issues, with a robot that can work through inconvenient work hours at reduced cost but with higher pick accuracy and quality.

Its plug and play sub-system is integrated with the Movu escala bin shuttle. Gently grasping an item from a bin retrieved from the escala while picking, the robot then places the item in a delivery bin.

Providing feedback on grasp success, the intelligent grippers ensure an accuracy of 100 percent. In addition to a low gripping failure rate the Movu eligo reduces the number of manual ‘touches’ required for order fulfilment or replenishment and can reach a pick success rate greater than 99 percent.

 

Able to achieve 600 picks per hour, depending on the specific implementation, the robot can pick goods up to two kilograms and with dimensions of one centimetre minimum to a maximum of 30 cm. Being completely product agnostic gives it the flexibility to handle changing product mixes.

The robot arm stands 2.2 metres high and has an operating radius of 1.3 metres. A safety interface makes robotic work cells safe when human interaction is required.

Driven by software, the system leverages machine learning to continuously improve picking.

Movu escala interacts with overlying Warehouse Management Software (WMS), Warehouse Control Software (WCS) and Warehouse Execution Software (WES) as needed to mission the piece picking operations. By planning tasks for the robot such as robot arm movements around the source and destination bin exchange phases, the software optimizes pick cycle times to maximize throughput.

Real-time operational data is presented to staff stationed away from the active systems to resolve exceptions quickly and efficiently. Performance dashboards enable warehouse operations to visualize current and historical data.

Available with full 24/7 support, the Movu eligo allows customers, particularly those involved in pharmaceuticals, apparel, e-commerce, manufacturing and kitting, to realize the benefits of reliable robotic piece-picking without worrying about integrating all the elements.