Veghel, 16 March 2017 – Vanderlande will showcase its Smart Item Robotics (SIR) technology for the e-commerce market during ProMat 2017. SIR technology focuses on the robotized handling of single items in applications such as order picking and infeed loading. The company will also demonstrate its ‘bin-to-bin’ picking concept, in which a collaborative robot based on SIR principles can operate both independently and together with an operator.
Today’s e-commerce distribution centres (DCs) need to pick a large variety of items, which results in increasingly complex operations. Alongside this, the scarcity of manual labor further increases the pressure on DC performance. SIR – also known as collaborative robotics or cobots – is an effective and risk-free way to gradually introduce robotic technology into a DC while retaining high levels of scalability and flexibility.
“Operators can work safely side by side with the robot unit without using a fenced cell,” explains Vanderlande’s Director E-commerce Ruben Jakobs. “This creates a low-risk working environment with high flexibility. Our state-of-the-art software will allow the robot to pick the majority of products without the need for teach-in, which is a huge benefit considering the ever-increasing range of products in e-commerce.”
Additionally, the robot optimizes order carton filling by gently stacking items. This solution can be further utilized for picking, with a capacity of up to 600 items per hour.
To learn more about Vanderlande's versatile and diverse product range, please visit stand S3912 at ProMat 2017.
Vanderlande is the global market leader for value-added logistic process automation at airports, and in the parcel market. The company is also a leading supplier of process automation solutions for warehouses. Vanderlande’s baggage handling systems move 3.2 billion pieces of luggage around the world per year, in other words 8.8 million per day. Its systems are active in 600 airports including 14 of the world’s top 20. More than 20 million parcels (300 packages per second) are sorted by its systems every day, which have been installed for the world’s leading parcel companies. In addition, 12 of the largest global e-commerce businesses and many distribution firms have confidence in Vanderlande’s efficient and reliable solutions.
The company focuses on the optimization of its customers’ business processes and competitive positions. Through close cooperation, it strives for the improvement of their operational activities and the expansion of their logistical achievements. Vanderlande’s extensive portfolio of integrated solutions – innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services – results in the realization of fast, reliable and efficient automation technology.
Established in 1949, Vanderlande has more than 4,500 employees, all committed to moving its customers’ businesses forward at diverse locations on every continent. With a consistently increasing revenue of more than one billion euros, it has established a global reputation over the past six decades as a highly reliable partner for value-added logistic process automation.
For more information about the company, its products and technology, as well as career opportunities, please visit www.vanderlande.com
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