Software for robotic efficiency

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Nedre Vats, Norway – AutoStore, the Norwegian robotics technology company, has released Router, a newly developed software suite for its cube-based order fulfillment system that the company says increases robot productivity and efficiency by up to 40 percent.

Router uses algorithms to continuously calculate and recalculate in real time the most efficient path for AutoStore robots to move and deliver orders inside the company’s high-density grid system. Every second, the advanced software analyzes and adapts to operational changes, accelerating the fulfillment process and maintaining a continuously optimized flow of order movement.

The system is able to process and adapt to continuously changing events happening outside the grid, such as new orders coming in, order cancellations, and movement of fulfillment personnel.

Based on over 20 years of research and development, Router can be implemented in any AutoStore system, whether a large-scale distribution centre or a back-of-store micro-fulfillment centre. With the new software, users can potentially improve total system throughput by up to 4x.

“The launch of Router could not have come at a more crucial time in our industry. This revolutionary software, available to all AutoStore users, will change the order-fulfillment landscape at a time when the ability to adapt quickly means everything,” said Karl Johan Lier, CEO of AutoStore.

“We recognize the importance of anticipating future challenges. This pandemic has demonstrated to us that the retail and e-commerce market will never be the same as it was. With Black Friday and the holiday season approaching, warehouses and micro-fulfillment centres will need the flexibility and high-speed efficiency that Router can deliver. We’re excited to unveil the biggest development in AutoStore history in years.”

Developed at the company’s headquarters in Norway, Router is available now on a worldwide basis.