Amazon revealed that its newest robotics products are heading to hundreds of fulfillment centers around the world as it has improved sorting accuracy company-wide.
Brad Porter, head of robotics at Amazon, told attendees at a conference in Las Vegas that the company has been deploying a robotic palletizer for a majority of the year, lifting two billion pounds of totes across Amazon's hundreds of fulfillment centers, Venture Beat reports. To improve the speed and reliability of package sorting, the e-commerce giant has rolled out a new sorting system, known as Pegasus, that has driven two million miles, cutting down mis-sorted goods by half all while preserving the safety features of the existing drive system.
In addition to Pegasus, Amazon has begun using Xanthus, a highly compact, modular drive system that can be quickly adapted to new applications. The product is a major redesign of Amazon's primary robots, Venture Beat reports.
The robotics are expected to help Amazon move outside of predefined warehouse barrier and to help interact collaboratively with the human workforce as ordering online becomes increasingly more popular.
“We are always testing and trialing new solutions and robotics that enhance the safety, quality, delivery speed and overall efficiency of our operations,” a spokesperson for Amazon said in a statement. “We believe that adding robotics and new technologies to our operations network will continue improve the associate and customer experience.”