Ful­fill­ment ser­vice provider FIEGE buys intel­li­gent pick­ing robots from Mag­a­zino

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7. September 2016

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Munich, Sep­tem­ber 7, 2016 | Munich-based robot­ics startup Mag­a­zino has won another cus­tomer for its TORU Cube order pick­ing robot in the form of logis­tics ser­vice provider Fiege. Three of the mobile robots for piece-pre­cise han­dling will be used from Sep­tem­ber in the Fiege Mega Cen­ter Ibben­büren, where they will pick shoes ordered online. With its laser and cam­era sys­tem, the per­cep­tion-con­trolled and net­worked robot can autonomously locate indi­vid­ual objects on shelves, iden­tify them and then grasp them with pin-point accu­racy and trans­port them to their des­ti­na­tion.

Jens Fiege, CEO of the fam­ily busi­ness, is look­ing for­ward to the joint project with Mag­a­zino. “With the use of new tech­nolo­gies, we are always pur­su­ing the goal of mak­ing our logis­ti­cal processes faster and more effi­cient. Magazino’s robots are an excit­ing project for the fur­ther dig­i­ti­za­tion of our ware­houses. I think we will use our prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence to con­tribute to fur­ther devel­op­ing and refin­ing robot­ics in intral­o­gis­tics,” says Jens Fiege.

Fred­erik Brant­ner, co-founder and com­mer­cial direc­tor at Mag­a­zino, empha­sizes: “Right from the start, it was impor­tant that the robots could work par­al­lel to humans. This means that part of the pick­ing process can be auto­mated flex­i­bly and step by step.”

The TORU Cube robot receives its pick­ing orders via WLAN and can pick rec­tan­gu­lar objects weigh­ing up to three kilo­grams — both from the bot­tom and top shelves of stan­dard shelv­ing sys­tems. In its inter­nal stor­age space, TORU Cube can tem­porar­ily store six to eight picked shoe car­tons and thus process sev­eral orders in one run. Thanks to safety lasers, the robot detects obsta­cles in the path as well as employ­ees in its vicin­ity — at the same time, TORU Cube can ori­ent itself in the ware­house.

This elim­i­nates the need for reflec­tors or mark­ing lines on the hall floor. Once it has been trained, the net­worked robot can also use its WLAN con­nec­tion to share maps of its own envi­ron­ment, as well as expe­ri­ences with spe­cific objects or chal­lenges with new robot col­leagues.

The Fiege Group, head­quar­tered in Greven, West­phalia, is one of the lead­ing logis­tics providers in Europe. Its exper­tise lies in par­tic­u­lar in the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of inte­grated, holis­tic logis­tics sys­tems. It is regarded as a pio­neer in con­tract logis­tics. With 10,500 employ­ees world­wide, the group achieved a turnover of 1.4 bil­lion euros in 2015. 160 loca­tions and coop­er­a­tions in 15 coun­tries form a close-knit logis­tics net­work. 2.7 mil­lion square metres of ware­house and logis­tics space speak for the company’s effi­ciency. You can find more infor­ma­tion at www​.fiege​.com

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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.

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