Kindred announced it will debut the Kindred SORT 3.7 piece-picking robot at MODEX 2020. The enhanced SORT 3.7 system features eight additional cubbies, for a total of 27, translating into a 42% increase in the number of items it can sort at e-commerce fulfillment centers and warehouses.
“Just like Kindred’s AI and reinforcement algorithms are continually improving, the robotic engineering and features in the SORT are too,” says James Bergstra, co-founder and head of AI research at Kindred. “Together, these upgrades translate into increased throughput, speed and accuracy that drive e-tailers to meet their peak volume goals each day.”
The updated SORT 3.7 is highly optimized to integrate with continuous induction systems, such as cross belt or bombay sorters, as it can now pick 400 units per hour consistently. When a Kindred SORT is paired with a primary sortation system, fulfillment centers can double the number of items one employee oversees and ships out. Collaborating with SORT, associates on average can ship up to 850 units per hour.
SORT piece-picking robots utilize AutoGrasp, a robotics intelligence platform that identifies and selects items to pick and place. AutoGrasp combines vision, grasping and manipulation algorithms to handle clothing, poly bags and other small rigid items. Kindred uses cutting-edge AI research and human-in-the-loop data methodology to continuously improve robot capabilities so that picking becomes smarter, faster and more accurate over time.