Brightpick launches the “world’s first” commercially available autonomous mobile picking robot

Brightpick, a provider of warehouse automation solutions for order fulfillment, has launched its Brightpick Autopicker, which the company describes as “the world’s first commercially available autonomous mobile picking robot for e-commerce and grocery order fulfillment.”

Brightpick Autopicker is the only warehouse robot that can both pick and consolidate orders in the aisles. Like people with carts, Brightpick autopickers move through the warehouse, retrieving product storage bins (bins) from shelves and picking items from those bins to consolidate orders right in the aisles.

Unlike other types of automated fulfillment systems, Brightpick Autopicker does not have to travel back and forth to central picking stations.

This means warehouses require fewer robots to fulfill orders, resulting in lower costs and an improved return on investment. Because of this, Brightpick can also deliver a lower cost per pick than any other solution on the market.

According to Brightpick, the fully autonomous, end-to-end robotic solution takes less than a month to install, enables warehouses to reduce their picking work by 95 percent and cuts order processing costs by half.

Brightpick co-founders (from left): Tomas Kovacovsky, CTO; Jan Zizka, CEO; and Branislav Pulis, CRO at Brightpick Autopicker. (The fourth co-founder Michal Maly, director of AI, is missing from the photo.)

A typical Brightpick Autopicker fleet in a warehouse consists of 15 to 100 robots. The entire fleet and fulfillment process is orchestrated and streamlined by Brightpick Intuition software.

Jan Zizka, CEO and co-founder of Brightpick says: “Our patented Brightpick Autopicker is the most advanced fulfillment robot ever developed and is a game changer in warehouse automation.

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“Until now, there has never been a robot capable of picking and consolidating orders on its own while moving through a warehouse.”

Specially designed for e-commerce and grocery retailers

According to Brightpick, the autopicker is specifically designed for e-commerce and grocery retailers and is suitable for large, small and micro fulfillment centers. It can reliably pick groceries, cosmetics, personal care products, electronics, pharmaceuticals, clothing and more with “99.9 percent accuracy”.

By drastically reducing the need for human labor, Brightpick Autopicker virtually eliminates human picking errors, resulting in happier customers and fewer returns.

The robot also has goods-to-person capabilities for items that require human dexterity, and is able to autonomously find the closest human to complete a pick if needed.

Brightpick Autopicker is fully patented and powered by proprietary machine vision and AI algorithms. Its advanced AI algorithms have been trained on more than 250 million picks to date and use machine learning to improve with each pick.

Easy integration into existing warehouses

Brightpick autopickers work with standard storage racks and bins, allowing for quick deployment and easy integration into any storage environment, including existing operations and mezzanine floors.

By implementing the Brightpick solution, companies can increase storage density in their warehouses by 250 percent using standard three-foot racking. The storage density can be further increased by using several levels.

The solution has 99.5 percent uptime, no single point of failure and is easy to maintain. Brightpick Autopickers can also be used to replenish stock and consolidate orders across different pick zones. Additional Brightpick autopickers can easily be added to increase throughput for seasonal peaks such as the December holidays.

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The Brightpick solution is available in two purchasing models: Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) and Capex (direct purchase). Several companies in the US and Europe are planning to introduce Brightpick Autopickers in their warehouses in 2023.

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