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Plus One Robotics unveils new depalletization and gripper technologies

Plus One Robotics, a provider of AI vision software and solutions for robotic parcel handling, today announced two significant product updates designed to enhance efficiency and expand its reach into new market segments.

The new updates offer significant advancements for businesses seeking to streamline and optimize their fulfillment operations where speed, accuracy and efficiency are paramount.

The new features include updates to depalletization and induction capabilities.

The new depalletization feature addresses growing customer needs in grocery fulfillment, including the demand for increased SKU entitlement for shrink-wrapped cartons and trays.

The new capabilities help overcome a longstanding technical challenge faced when automating the depalletization process — accurately distinguishing between groups of densely packed, shrink-wrapped food and beverage items.

To tackle this issue, Plus One Robotics has developed new vision capabilities and AI to accurately identify different product configurations, streamlining the depalletization process and optimizing picking accuracy.

This feature is robot-agnostic and designed to work with any of Plus One’s system integrators’ depalletization systems, offering an immediate solution for warehouses looking to automate their material handling process.

Shaun Edwards, CTO and co-founder of Plus One Robotics, says: “This new depalletization feature is a game-changer for the grocery industry.

“By leveraging innovative vision technology, we can now seamlessly automate the handling of various case pack configurations, significantly improving efficiency and throughput for our customers in the grocery segment.”

Plus One Robotics is also strengthening its induction solutions with the introduction of a new gripper design.

The Individual Cup Control Gripper (ICC Gripper) leverages the intelligence of Plus One’s PickOne vision software to grasp and singulate parcels using the optimal configuration of active suction cups. This advanced design offers several key benefits:

Minimize Unintentional Multi-Picks: The combination of cup configurations enabled by this design allows the gripper to match the shape of the target parcel and avoid accidentally grasping adjacent parcels.

Maximize Retention Force: By activating only the necessary suction cups, the gripper ensures that the full force of the vacuum is applied to the parcel surface, preventing the cost of damaged or dropped parcels.

Reliability You Can Count On: Plus One Robotics follows a rigorous in-house reliability testing protocol to ensure dependability in the field.

Erik Nieves, CEO and co-founder, says: “The new Individual Cup Control Gripper exemplifies our unwavering focus on continuous improvement and efficiency.

“This software-driven innovation, tightly coupled with our PickOne software and AI detection, empowers users with unparalleled control and adaptability, regardless of the package type, whether it’s a box, polybag, envelope or irregular.”

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