InVia Robotics Releases Goods-to-Person System for Warehouse Automation

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March 10, 2017

InVia Robotics Inc. recently released its Dynamic Automated Storage and Retrieval System, which is designed to efficiently deliver goods to people within warehouses.

The new offering is built around InVia’s existing mobile robot pickers. The warehouse automation system also intended to quickly scale to meet the needs of the logistics and supply chain market.

Traditional automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) are a major investment, requiring a large amount of dedicated floor space and a redesign of the warehouse workflow.

In addition, an AS/RS can be hard to scale or, more typically, are initially built with a maximum warehouse throughput in mind. This large upfront investment of capital and space restricts the deployment of classic warehouse automation systems to only the largest logistics providers.

The average warehouse operation may find traditional automation to be limited in usefulness. The capital expense also stretches out the return on investment (ROI) for the system.

Agoura, Calif.-based inVia said that it has brought a fresh perspective and a competitive business model to the warehouse automation market with its Dynamic AS/RS system. The new product should help both large and small logistics operations, according to the company.

Business Takeaways:

  • InVia Robotics said its new Dynamic AS/RS offers end users easier implementation than other warehouse automation systems.
  • The product uses standard warehouse infrastructure components and can be deployed in weeks rather than months.
  • As an example of RaaS, a pay-as-you-go business model can eliminate a large upfront capital investment. InVia’s offering can also scale to meet business growth and elastic needs.

Standard infrastructure

InVia’s Dynamic AS/RS is built around the company’s mobile robots for goods-to-person picking. The inVia pickers autonomously pick and replace standard totes of goods off of shelves.

They then deliver them directly to pickers, packers, and replenishers. This process removes human workers from the task of running around the warehouse.

“We’ve started with customers with large sets of items,” said Corwin Carson, chief revenue officer at inVia. “Our robots can handle all the items in a warehouse up to 30 lb.”

“We’ve developed this over the past year from direct-picking systems,” he told Robotics Business Review. “The robots can pick items and bring them to humans — the human arm and eye are hard to beat at this moment in terms of cost and speed.”

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