Schaefer Robo Pick voted “Best Product 2011“
09. February 2011 Schaefer Robo Pick voted “Best Product 2011“ At this year’s LogiMAT, an independent expert jury named the Schaefer Robo Pick (SRP) “Best Product 2011“. Against a number of competitors, this picking system finished first in the category “Picking, Packing, Securing”. The award is among the most prestigious ones in the entire intralogistics sector.
For the 8th time already, representatives from business, science and media thoroughly evaluated the line-up of contestants prior to the LogiMAT 2011. Awards were given to products which contribute significantly to streamlining, reducing costs and increasing productivity in intralogistics. The Schaefer Robo Pick by SSI Schaefer Peem won the award “Best Product 2011“.
The SRP is the world’s fastest picking system and able to pick goods of different sizes, shapes and weight at a speed of 2,400 items/hour, while working error-free and gentle on the products. This first fully-automated picking cell can be integrated smoothly into existing storage systems. With its newly developed double-stage image processing system – a combination of procedures from 2D and 3D image processing – it does not require any time-consuming teach-in of product parameters or position. The degree of flexibility achieved this way is unique and makes the SSI Schaefer Robo Pick suitable for a broad range of applications. The image processing cell takes less than one second to realise the position of a product on the tray and then operates the universal picking robot accordingly. Depending on the order structure, 10 to 20 orders can be handled simultaneously. In comparison to manual picking, this system reduces error rates by a factor of 10 to 100.
Procedure: In a typical order picking process, a conveyor delivers containers with sorted products to the Robo Pick. By using 2D- and 3D-cameras, the exact position, height and centre of area are detected with double-stage image processing. Specifically developed image processing software recognizes continuous shapes and edges within a fraction of a second. After image recognition, the subsequent robot receives its orders. Within seconds, the robot places the requested products into order containers, based on requests from the warehouse management system. Goods of different sizes, shapes or surface texture are picked up gently by a vacuum gripper.