MODEX 2018, the largest supply chain event in the Americas, was the scene of a remarkable demo as RightHand Robotics, a leader in robotic piece-picking solutions, drove a team of automation partners to set a world record: Over the duration of the show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, 131,072 items were successfully picked and placed. The work cells, all showcasing UR robots with RightHand Robotics’ RightPick machine learning software and grippers, were featured in five exhibitor booths at MODEX, demonstrating how robotic piece-picking increases the value of their respective solutions for e-commerce fulfillment and intralogistics.
“We wanted to set a benchmark for piece-picking performance, and the show was a fantastic opportunity for it. We are grateful to our partners: Eurosort, Vecna Robotics, White Systems, and Universal Robots for helping us establish this record,” says Yaro Tenzer, co-founder of RightHand Robotics. “Our robots handle a wide range of everyday items at high throughput rates, delivering the reliability required by our customers. Sharing the final results from our MODEX fleet is a fun way to illustrate this point.”
RightHand’s team of four deployment engineers set up multiple work cells at the show in a day.
Utilizing collaborative robots from Universal Robots, the cells were integrated with sortation systems, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), and mobile robots at partner booths across both halls at the exhibition. “We are pleased that our collaborative robots were the workhorses behind this record performance,” says Esben Østergaard, CTO at Universal Robots. Depending on the workflow, the RightHand systems achieved pick rates up to 1,000 units per hour across an assortment of items, including products that the system had never seen before. “Robotic piece-picking is easy to deploy and can provide predictable capacity for our customers and those of our integration partners,” adds Tenzer.