RightHand Robotics Unveils Piece-Picking System

3/28/2017
With the explosive growth in e-commerce and a shrinking workforce, pressures have never been higher on warehouses to fulfill orders faster and more efficiently. To address these challenges, RightHand Robotics introduced RightPick, a combined hardware and software solution that handles the key task of picking individual items, or "piece-picking."

With RightPick, businesses are able to reduce the cost and improve the reliability of e-commerce order fulfillment for apparel,  pharmaceuticals, electronics, grocery and countless other industries. As e-commerce continues to grow, the trend is away from bulk or pallet-load handling toward single SKUs and piecemeal items expands along with it. RightPick works in concert with all industry-leading robotic arms. The core competency of the RightPick solution is picking "pieces," individual items. The company will be demonstrating RightPick at ProMat 2017.

"The supply chain of the future is more about pieces than pallets," according to RightHand Robotics co-founder Leif Jentoft. "RightHand can help material handling, 3PLs and e-commerce warehouses lower costs by increasing automation."

Unlike traditional factory robots, RightPick handles thousands of different items using a machine learning backend coupled with a sensorized robot hand that works in concert with all industry-leading robotic arms.

The time to value of RightPick can be demonstrated in a matter of hours, as RightHand offers rapid setup, remote support and easy integration. RightPick is able to quickly demonstrate value in a wide variety of workflows, such as sorting batch-picked items, picking items from Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS), inducting items to a unit sorter, order quality assurance and more.

The company will be exhibiting RightPick at ProMat 2017.

ProMat 2017
RightHand will have an extensive presence at ProMat, held this year at Chicago's McCormick Place from April 3-6. RightHand will be demonstrating its robotic piece-picking solution throughout the event. Additionally, RightHand Robotics' Co-Founder Yaro Tenzer will present an educational session: Robotic Piece-Picking: Is Your Warehouse Ready? This presentation takes place on April 3 from 2:15 to 3:00 pm in Theater H. A press conference is also scheduled for Tues., April 4, at 10:15 a.m. at the RightHand Robotics booth.

The picking solution from RightHand will also be on display in a variety of workflows at the following booths at ProMat as well as Automate, the automation and robotics event co-located with ProMat:

Piece Picking -- RightHand Robotics #S1891 (ProMat)
Sorter Induction -- Eurosort Booth #S2026 (ProMat)
Autobagging Induction -- Accutech Packaging Booth #S5018 (ProMat)
ASRS goods to robot -- Intelligrated Booth #1616 (Automate)

Funding
RightHand Robotics has raised $8 million in Series A funding from Playground Global, Matrix Partners, Seven Seas Partners, Dream Incubator and angel investors. The new capital will be used to expand product development, hiring and marketing.

"RightHand Robotics has created a transformative technology combining machine learning and smart hardware to address a tremendous opportunity in the logistics industry," says investor Andy Rubin, founder and CEO at Playground Global. "For the first time, affordable industrial robots can grasp things they have never seen before."



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