21. September 2022

For the first time in Japan: Picavi Pick-by-Vision implemented in SoftBank Robotics Logistics Innovation Lab

A project to be proud of: Opening their Logistics Innovation Lab in Ichikawa city, Chiba Prefecture, SoftBank Robotics integrates our Pick-by-Vision solution as a central component. On around 1000sqm, SoftBank Robotics shows future-proof technologies for intralogistics in their demo factory.

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Our Picavi Smart Glasses enable the AutoStore picking (Goods-to-Person). At the workstations, workers are automatically provided with containers holding the correct goods. The workers receive all information required through the user-interface of the glasses to pick the right amount of goods and approve the changes in quantity. After this process, the containers picked up again by the AutoStore-system and go back in storage.

Many advantages in goods-to-person application

The application in the new SoftBank Robotics Innovation Lab clearly shows the advantages of Pick-by-Vision in the goods-to-person picking: Every process at the workstation can be handled by using Smart Glasses. This includes the multi-order-picking out of containers, but also enables complex multi-order-put applications that would usually require an expensive and inflexible Pick-to-Light system. The use of Smart Glasses can replace this investment and improves productivity at the same time.

Thanks to wearables, workers can use both hands for a more efficient and ergonomic way of working.  The clear visualization in the user-interface adds an additional layer of security to avoid picking mistakes. All this results in a reduced break-even for Pick-by-Vision in the AutoStore application compared to other systems.

First Picavi-Installation in Asia

The installation at SoftBank Robotics Innovation Lab is our first leap into the Asian market. We are grateful for the trust we have been given and are happy to see our solution succeed in new markets. Such a pilot project not only helps us thrive as a company, but it gives valuable insights for our product development. The insights gained from this application can help improve and develop our solutions. The novelty spiked interest all over the country: The Japanese media covered the opening of the SoftBank Robotics Innovation Lab, amongst them Japan’s only public media organization funded by fees:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20220912_32/

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