Swisslog Wins the 2016 INDUSTRIEPREIS for Automated Item Pick

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Automated Item Pick (AIP), Swisslog’s human-robot picking solution, has ben awarded the 2016 INDUSTRIEPREIS. The motto of this year’s competition was “Success through Progress,” and AIP was chosen as the winner in the “Intralogistics & Production Management” category for its outstanding economic and societal benefits. The prestigious award was presented to Dr. Christian Baur, CEO of Swisslog’s Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) Division, on the opening day of HANNOVER MESSE.

Whether in e-commerce, the pharmaceutical industry, spare-parts logistics or the supply of industrial assembly lines, the trend towards ever smaller batch sizes calls for reliable and efficient solutions. To master this challenge, Swisslog is betting on robot-aided intralogistics concepts. At the 2016 HANNOVER MESSE, its fully automated picking system Automated Item Pick (AIP) was recognized with the 2016 INDUSTRIEPREIS in the “Intralogistics & Production Management” category.

Now in its 11th year, the annual INDUSTRIEPREIS is awarded by Huber Verlag für neue Medien, a German media company. An expert jury comprised of professors, scientists, industry specialists and trade journalists had assessed the submitted applications and chosen winners in a total of 14 categories.

“We are very happy to receive the 2016 INDUSTRIEPREIS,” says Dr. Christian Baur. “This award recognizes our pioneering role in integrating advanced human-robot collaboration solutions in logistics. The cooperation between Swisslog and KUKA delivers synergies at every level. Ultimately, it is the customers who benefit from intralogistics solutions that are more efficient, flexible and intelligent.”

AIP offers a significant boost in efficiency

The centerpiece of Swisslog’s Automated Item Pick solution is KUKA’s lightweight robot LBR iiwa, which is equipped with state-of-the-art sensor technology and a 7-axis gripper. In Swisslog’s advanced logistics application, if networked with automated goods-to-person warehouse systems such as AutoStore or CarryPick, LBR iiwa can assist human workers with picking tasks without the need for a barrier or fence between man and machine.

Automated Item Pick has the potential to significantly boost efficiency in item picking. Smart human-robot collaboration makes order fulfillment significantly faster, less error-prone and more flexible. AIP gives companies the opportunity to benefit from improved quality and customer satisfaction.

Focus on robotic innovations

As a result of the close cooperation between Swisslog and KUKA, Industry 4.0 solutions such as AIP are becoming the centerpieces of state-of-the-art material flow and logistics concepts. Both companies are working at full speed to advance the AIP solution and soon present an initial industrial application featuring an extensive range of grippers. Also, a robot-aided material flow innovation called Automated Case Picking is being readied for launch. This logistics solution, featuring state-of-the-art robotic technology, will be able to automatically create mixed pallets from multiple single-SKU pallets.