The LogiMAT Product of the Year, the Schaefer Robo-Pick, was on display at CeMat 2011. The Robo-Pick is designed as a fully automatic picking cell that can be seamlessly integrated into existing warehouse architectures.
The Schaefer Robo-Pick (SRP) can perform at up to 2400 picks per hour. It is suitable for fast and slow-moving products. The machine incorporates a two-step image processing system that automatically recognises the position of the products on the tray and controls the universal picking robot. This eliminates the need to enter article characteristics in to the system and physically placing articles into special positions in the storage tote.
The storage trays are analysed and assessed by an image recognition system that has been specially designed for the SRP. The required products are picked into the corresponding order tote by the SRP in a matter of seconds.
In addition to the SRP, the SSI Schaefer warehouse control system enables users to coordinate the sequence of order and storage totes to make best possible use of the efficiency of the picking system.
Investment costs are said to be less than corresponding conventional ‘goods to man’ stations, with equivalent picking performance.