GreyOrange launches tool for autonomous fulfilment
GreyOrange announced the beta launch of its new-gen Butler PickPal, an autonomous picking solution. The Butler PickPal is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine vision to enhance efficiency in the order-picking process. It works with the goods-to-person GreyOrange Butler robotics system, which enables warehouses to manage high-speed operations by automating order picking and fulfilment.
GreyOrange said the Butler PickPal is particularly useful for vertical and horizontal e-commerce industries that operate with a large number of high-mix SKU inventory and require the shortest order-to-dispatch time and accurate piece-picking.
The Butler PickPal was designed to reduce the time taken during order fulfilment by identifying and picking products from shelves quickly and accurately. The PickPal is a collaborative robot that works alongside a warehouse operator to pick, consolidate, and fulfill orders, and together they can achieve 500-600 picks per hour—doubling the throughput from the same picking station.
The combination of a scanning system and a six-axis robotic arm cuts down the time required for processing and picking orders. The Butler PickPal uses machine vision algorithms to identify the SKU to be picked from the shelves. Using AI-based order processing, it can manage up to 48 orders simultaneously.
The system can handle different packaging types such as boxes, pouches, bottles, and vacuum-sealed packages. It can grasp items up to 4 kg (8.8 lb). Using machine learning, it devises the strategy to pick each item from the densely packed SKU inventory using a versatile gripper. It can reportedly identify and handle more than 100,000 SKUs of products.
The Butler PickPal will be deployed in selected sites by mid-year. For more information, visit www.greyorange.com.