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Brightpick launches ‘world’s first’ commercially available autonomous mobile picking robot

Brightpick, a provider of warehouse automation solutions for order fulfillment, has launched its Brightpick Autopicker, which the company describes as “the world’s first commercially-available autonomous mobile picking robot for e-commerce and grocery order fulfillment”.

Brightpick Autopicker is the only warehouse robot capable of both picking and consolidating orders in the aisles. Like humans with carts, Brightpick Autopickers move around the warehouse, retrieve product storage totes (bins) from shelving, and robotically pick items from those totes to consolidate orders directly in the aisles.

In contrast to other types of automated fulfillment systems, Brightpick Autopicker does not need to travel back and forth to centralized picking stations.

This means warehouses need fewer robots to fulfill orders, leading to reduced costs and improved return on investment. It is also why Brightpick can deliver a lower cost per pick than any other solution on the market.

Brightpick says the fully autonomous, end-to-end robotic solution takes less than a month to install, enables warehouses to reduce their picking labor by 95 percent, and cuts costs for order fulfillment by half.

Brightpick co-founders (from left): Tomas Kovacovsky, CTO; Jan Zizka, CEO; and Branislav Pulis, CRO around Brightpick Autopicker. (Fourth co-founder Michal Maly, director of AI, is missing from the photo.)

A typical Brightpick Autopicker fleet in a warehouse consists of 15 to 100 robots. The entire fleet and fulfillment process is orchestrated and optimized by Brightpick Intuition software.

Jan Zizka, CEO and co-founder of Brightpick, says: “Our patented Brightpick Autopicker is the most advanced fulfillment robot ever created and is a game-changer in the warehouse automation space.

“Until now, there has never been a robot capable of both picking and consolidating orders on its own as it moves around a warehouse.”

Designed specifically for e-commerce and grocery retailers

Brightpick says the Autopicker was designed specifically for e-commerce and grocery retailers and is suitable for large, small and micro fulfillment centers. It can reliably pick groceries, cosmetics, personal care products, electronics, pharmaceuticals, apparel and more with “99.9 percent accuracy”.

By dramatically reducing the need for human labor, Brightpick Autopicker virtually eliminates human picking errors, leading to happier customers and fewer returns.

The robot also comes with goods-to-person capabilities for items that require human dexterity, and is able to autonomously find the nearest human to complete a pick if needed.

Brightpick Autopicker is fully patented and powered by proprietary machine vision and AI algorithms. Its advanced AI algorithms have been trained on more than 250 million picks to date and use machine learning to improve with each pick.

Easy integration with existing warehouses

Brightpick Autopickers work with standard warehouse shelving and totes, enabling fast deployment and easy integration with any warehouse environment, including existing operations and mezzanines.

By implementing the Brightpick solution, companies can increase storage density in their warehouses by 250 percent using standard shelving that is ten feet high. Storage density can be enhanced even further using multiple levels.

The solution has 99.5 percent uptime, no single point of failure and is easy to maintain. Brightpick Autopickers can also be used to replenish storage and consolidate orders across different picking zones. Additional Brightpick Autopickers can be easily added to increase throughput for seasonal peaks such as the December holidays.

The Brightpick solution is available in two purchase models: robots-as-a-service (RaaS) and capex (outright purchase). Several companies in the US and Europe plan to roll out Brightpick Autopicker in their warehouses in 2023.

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