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Imple­ment­ing the pick­ing robot TORU in Euro­pean Dis­tri­b­u­tion Cen­ter

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26. February 2020

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Munich, 28th of Feb­ru­ary 2020 — The robot­ics com­pany Mag­a­zino has won ASICS as a cus­tomer for the mobile pick­ing robot TORU. The lead­ing sports per­for­mance brand ASICS will use the robots at its Euro­pean Dis­tri­b­u­tion Cen­ter (EDC) in Krefeld, Ger­many. By using the TORU robot, ASICS is imple­ment­ing a flex­i­ble automa­tion for the man­ual pick­ing process in their shoe ware­house.

With the imple­men­ta­tion of intel­li­gent and mobile pick­ing robots, ASICS is one of the inno­v­a­tive pio­neers in the indus­try. The con­tin­u­ing growth in e‑commerce and ever smaller batch sizes require automa­tion solu­tions that can be flex­i­bly adapted and scaled as required. The mobile pick­ing robot TORU works com­pletely autonomously with the help of 3D cam­era tech­nol­ogy, numer­ous sen­sors and can oper­ate both at week­ends and at night. TORU reduces the typ­i­cal order peaks in e‑commerce and improves cus­tomer ser­vice by pro­vid­ing faster pro­cess­ing of urgent orders.

Michael Gryszko-Prattes, Head of Euro­pean Dis­tri­b­u­tion Cen­ter at ASICS, says: “With the Mag­a­zino robots, we can not only cover the increas­ing order vol­ume bet­ter and ensure our flex­i­bil­ity in automa­tion, but also sup­port our EDC staff in the fast stor­age and retrieval of orders — espe­cially for very small orders. We also see the TORU robot as an oppor­tu­nity to become even bet­ter in terms of speed, qual­ity assur­ance, same-day order pro­cess­ing and overnight pick­ing”.

With its vac­uum grip­per, TORU grasps indi­vid­ual shoe boxes from the shelv­ing sys­tem, trans­ports them to the han­dover sta­tion and also stows returns. Via Wi-Fi, the robot is not only con­nected to ASICS’ ware­house man­age­ment sys­tem (WMS), but also to a local and global cloud from Mag­a­zino. With this con­nec­tion and the use of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, TORU learns from its expe­ri­ences every day, improves its own per­for­mance and robust­ness and at the same time shares the knowl­edge with its robot col­leagues in the fleet.

One of the key advan­tages of TORU is the abil­ity to be inte­grated into the exist­ing ware­house envi­ron­ment in Krefeld with­out any mod­i­fi­ca­tions nec­es­sary. TORU can relieve the employ­ees of less ergonomic tasks, for exam­ple when pick­ing from the bot­tom or top shelf or from par­tic­u­larly long walk­ing dis­tances in the ware­house. Thanks to numer­ous sen­sors, the TORU robot per­ceives its envi­ron­ment in real time, detects peo­ple or obsta­cles in its path and there­fore oper­ates in a safe way along­side humans in the same work area. With up to 18 hours of oper­at­ing time, TORU can also oper­ate at night or out­side core work­ing hours.

The Mag­a­zino robots are already in oper­a­tion at sev­eral cus­tomers in Ger­many and Europe. Among the users are the logis­tics ser­vice provider FIEGE Logis­tics and the online plat­form ZALANDO. In con­trast to many other robotic solu­tions on the mar­ket, TORU can not only autonomously pick indi­vid­ual arti­cles or trans­port them in the ware­house but can also cover both process steps simul­ta­ne­ously.

About ASICS Cor­po­ra­tion

Head­quar­tered in Kobe, Japan, ASICS is a lead­ing designer, man­u­fac­turer and retailer of high-per­for­mance ath­letic footwear, apparel and acces­sories. Founded in 1949 by Kihachiro Onit­suka, the com­pany name is derived from the Latin say­ing Anima Sana In Cor­pore Sano (“A healthy mind in a healthy body”), and this maxim con­tin­ues to guide the activ­i­ties of the orga­ni­za­tion as a whole. ASICS has regional oper­a­tions in Japan, the Amer­i­cas, Europe and Ocea­nia, as well as South, East and South­east Asia, dis­trib­ut­ing prod­ucts to over 150 coun­tries and regions world­wide. The com­pany also oper­ates the clas­sic Onit­suka footwear and the HAGLOFS out­door brand.

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Mag­a­zino GmbH devel­ops and builds intel­li­gent, mobile robots that per­ceive their envi­ron­ment and make their own deci­sions. These autonomous robots work along­side peo­ple and make processes in e‑commerce, fash­ion and pro­duc­tion logis­tics more flex­i­ble and effi­cient than ever before. With over 110 employ­ees in Munich, Mag­a­zino is the largest Advanced Robot­ics team in Europe. Magazino’s investors include Kör­ber AG, Zalando and Fiege Logis­tik.

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