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Picker Robots

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Picker Robots are mobile machines designed to autonomously retrieve and carry products in a warehouse. The robots are directed through AI-powered software that identifies the most efficient paths for them to pick, replenish, return, and count goods.

Creator
inVia Robotics
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2015
Type
Industrial
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2015
Type
Industrial

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Specs

FEATURES
Each robot can transport a tote of up to 18 kg (40 lbs). Robots equipped with lights to illuminate pathways and fiducials in dark corners of the warehouse, enabling "lights out" 24/7 operation. Retrieval system includes suction cups that create a tight seal on totes to transport them to and from picking stations. inVia robotics experts remotely monitor and optimize the robot workflow from the Robotics Operations Center (ROC).
HEIGHT
65 cm | 26 in (scissor lift can extend up to 244 cm)
LENGTH
66.4 cm | 26 in
WIDTH
62.2 cm | 25 in
WEIGHT
62 kg | 137 lb
SPEED
8 km/h | 5 mph Speed is adjustable; 8 km/h recommend for optimal safety.

SENSORS
Industrial-grade global shutter cameras
ACTUATORS
Brushless hub motors for wheels. Brushless DC actuator for the lift. Stepper motor for the platform.
POWER
Hot-swappable batteries, 10 hours of operation
COMPUTING
Custom electronics boards
SOFTWARE
Proprietary inVia Robot Management System (RMS)
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
4 N/A
MATERIALS
Aluminum sheet metal
COST
N/A
STATUS
Ongoing
WEBSITE
https://www.inviarobotics.com/

History

inVia Robotics was founded by Lior Elazary, Dan Parks, and Randolph Voorhies, who met while working on their PhD degrees in robotics at the University of Southern California. Their plan was to apply automation to solve existing problems, and they had one of their key ideas when ordering sheets of aluminum and other parts to build one of their early prototype robots. They realized that as more and more consumers placed orders online while also expecting faster delivery times, e-commerce companies would need to significantly improve their fulfillment operations. inVia set out to develop fleets of robots to automate warehouses, focusing particularly on repetitive tasks so workers would be able to do more meaningful activities. The founders say that since the beginning, their goal was to create innovation via robotics, which is how they came up with the name inVia Robotics.