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Staples pilot robot materials handling

Staples has announced today the development of a cutting edge, robotic material handling solution for their fulfillment centers powered by Great Star Industrial USA, LLC. The technology combines separate solutions for picking items with high cubic velocity and low cubic velocity into a first of its kind robust, integrated solution.

Unlike other systems in the market today, the automated robotic storage and retrieval system incorporates two types of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) into a unified system that brings both high and low cubic velocity items to a single pick and pack station, requiring less capital investment than traditional material handling systems while increasing productivity and picking accuracy.

The AGV used for picking items with a low cubic velocity, commonly known as “Goods to Person” technology, is adaptable to pick from existing industry wide storage mediums and can retrieve up to five unique items per trip, lowering capital and drastically reducing robot tasks and travel.

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