In all warehouse processes demanding continuous high performance and quality for long periods of time, people reach their performance limits. One approach to solve this issue is to use industrial robots. Reliable “bin picking”, however, has long been considered an almost insurmountable task in intralogistics. With the Pick-it-Easy Robot, KNAPP has now developed a state-of-the-art solution for order processing using industrial robots, which can be seen in live operation at the Logistica trade fair, November 28–30, in Utrecht.
The intelligent, networked intralogistics system is at the centre of Logistics 4.0 and one aspect of this is the use of industrial robots. In intralogistics, the demands placed on robots and sensors are very high: object recognition and the pick process are highly complex, and to successfully implement this process, many components must work together harmoniously.
KNAPP is taking an important step forward into the Industry 4.0 era with the Pick-it-Easy Robot. The picking robot combines performance, maximum flexibility and error-free picking in a single system. The robot has become a coworker for humans; thanks to the Pick-it-Easy Robot, the workload can be better distributed and productivity increased by up to four times. Another advantage is that it can be retroactively integrated into existing intralogistics systems. KNAPP has not only reached an important milestone in intralogistics with the development of the Pick-it-Easy Robot, but has also added a valuable solution component to the zero defect warehouse – KNAPP’s interpretation of an intelligent and networked warehouse.
Numerous innovations coming from the Austrian headquarters have successfully gone around the world. Industry know-how is an important aspect of the company’s success. Customers in the Benelux region are taken care of by the KNAPP subsidiary in Roermond. Each year, the KNAPP Group invests around 30 million euros in research and development. With around 3,400 employees, the company generated a turnover of 632 million euros in the past business year.
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