The family-owned company Fiege is one of the leading contract logistics service providers in Europe. Fiege has made it possible for Magazino to test theoretical knowledge in practice and to further develop the robots through joint findings. With Magazino, Fiege has found a strong partner with whom it has been able to successfully master the challenges of intralogistics today and tomorrow since 2016. The robot fleet has grown since then to a size of nine TORU robots.
Magazino develops and builds perception-controlled, mobile robots. As the largest Advanced Robotics team in Europe, we revolutionize the world of intralogistics together with our customers.
The future of intralogistics
Fiege has a stock of 2 million articles, which are distributed throughout Europe. With over 100,000 outgoing goods per day, small lot sizes and high customer demands, they need new solutions in order to be able to deliver quickly, flexibly and economically in the future as well.
As a third-party logistics provider, flexibility is particularly important for Fiege. During contract terms of three to four years, the needs of their customers and thus the tasks for Fiege can change considerably. Instead of rigid automation with high investment costs, Fiege therefore wants an adaptable and scalable solution that makes it ready for Industry 4.0.
Together with Fiege, Magazino has taken up this challenge and done pioneering work: they have further developed the intelligent TORU order picking robot in a real environment. With 3D cameras, precise gripping mechanics and intelligent navigation, TORU was integrated into the existing warehouse processes and work alongside humans – with great success. At Fiege in Ibbenbürgen, shoe picking was thus carried out autonomously for the first time anywhere in the world. Since then, TORU has taken over the tasks of storage and retrieval as well as the distance between the objects to be picked. It combines high performance with flexibility and security. The handover of the shoe boxes is carried out via pick-carts: these are autonomously filled by TORU in the outbound process or emptied in the inbound process.
The fleet of TORU robots has grown continuously since the pilot project in 2016 — today nine robots are in daily operation at the Ibbenbüren site and support the employees on an area of around 1,700 square meters.
Robots in action