GreyOrange partnered with Vicarious to launch what is said to be the industry’s first and only autonomous vertical picking solution for automated pick-and-pack operations in omnichannel fulfillment.
Vicarious’ autonomous vertical picking interfaces into a global workflow orchestrated by GreyOrange’s GreyMatter fulfillment operating system, which uses advanced science to continuously evaluate order fulfillment performance and prioritize decisions and workflows.
“This partnership expands the autonomous picking capabilities of our GreyMatter platform, enabling fulfillment centers to operate at higher throughputs without interruption,” says Akash Gupta, co-founder and CTO for GreyOrange. “Using AI-driven software combined with smart robots can help ecommerce and omnichannel players increase the efficiency of their operations by 300-400% while also providing safe and socially-distanced work environments for their associates. This type of fulfillment technology gives them an edge over their competition when it comes to managing pace and talent.”
- How it works is, at the beginning of the process, GreyOrange’s Ranger goods-to-person robots bring inventory on mobile stock units to the pick-pack station. There, the autonomous vertical picking solution perceives the size, shape and material characteristics of inventory items, including when these are loosely positioned in an unstructured fashion, eliminating the need to create fixture definitions and programming. The solution then applies the appropriate motion to approach, retrieve and place items into order boxes.
- This autonomous vertical picking solution can handle all kinds of inventory, including small and delicate individual items (eaches), folded stacks of apparel “eaches” and bagged or unbagged apparel.
- These autonomous picking solutions work alongside people in the distribution center.