Two Boston-area robotics companies are combining their efforts to deliver an automated picking system designed for e-commerce and retail warehouses.
6 River Systems and Soft Robotics recently announced a strategic partnership that utilizes 6 River’s mobile “Chuck” robots with the Soft Robotics full stack bin picking and order fulfillment system known as SuperPick.
The companies call the integrated system “The first commercially available end-to-end mobile picking solution” – and will demonstrate the system during the CSCMP EDGE 2019 show in Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 15-18.
She said 6 River approached Soft Robotics in April and early May with the opportunity of the partnership of having an integrated goods-to-robot delivery system.
The Chuck robots will come up to the SuperPick station with customer orders, and the robot arm and Soft Robotics gripper will place the item into the Chuck bin.
“The partnership between 6 River Systems and Soft Robotics is an excellent illustration of combinatorial innovation at the intelligent operational system level. It confirms the accelerating shift of robotics use-cases from ‘the point of activity’ to ‘a place of innovation’,” said Remy Glaisner, a research director at IDC. “It also keeps strengthening the application of robotics beyond incremental task improvement and aligns with pressing strategic enterprise considerations such as labor market challenges.”
Donnelly said Soft Robotics was also in discussions with other companies for future integrations where combining robotics systems would be beneficial to end users.