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PalTac selects RightHand Robotics to further automate supply chain operations

RightHand Robotics, a provider of robotic piece-picking solutions, has partnered with PalTac, Japan’s largest wholesaler of consumer packaged goods.

The collaboration will introduce RightHand’s newest piece-picking solution to the Japanese market, with multiple workstations to be installed in PalTac’s newest facility, RDC Saitama, opening later in 2019 in Sugito, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

Japan represents a huge and growing market for automation as the world’s second-largest retail sector, with annual sales exceeding $1.3 trillion. 

As the country’s leading wholesaler of cosmetics, daily necessities, and general pharmaceutical products, PalTac sought a robotic piece-picking solution to further automate operations by picking and placing items of varying size, weight, and shape.

The PalTac leadership team chose to implement RightPick, an intelligent and integrated solution that can reliably pick and place a range of items, including never-before-seen objects, at a high rate.

Masakazu Mikita, general manager of research and development at PalTac, says: “Our RDC Saitama facility will stock over 20,000 SKUs every year.

“In order to handle such a large number of different and densely packed items, we needed a piece-picking solution that combined advanced gripping systems with continuous machine learning and unerring reliability.

“RightPick met all of our high-level requirements; we’re confident in the system’s ability to successfully pick a wide variety of items without prior knowledge or programming.”

Driven by the rapid shift to online shopping and the growing demands of e-commerce order fulfillment, RightHand’s RightPick platform addresses these challenges with integrated AI software and gripping hardware that can handle the repetitive task of picking and placing individual items within various customer workflows.

Leif Jentoft, co-founder of RightHand Robotics, says: “We are thrilled to be working with PalTac and to introduce our solution to the Japanese market.

“As PalTac continues to grow and expand operations, RightPick will be a valuable contributor to their business strategy. We’re very excited for the opportunity to implement our latest technology in their new facility.”

In December 2018, RightHand Robotics raised $23 million in a Series B funding round.

The company is rapidly expanding its business and technical teams and broadening its suite of products and applications in support of a growing worldwide customer base.

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