31. August 2017
Munich 31 August 2017 | The logistics service provider FIEGE Logistik has ordered 30 more robots from the Munich-based robotics startup Magazino. At the Ibbenbüren site, FIEGE has already deployed three intelligent TORU order picking robots in a shoe warehouse. Due to the high savings and the positive experiences, the rollout with an entire robot fleet has now been decided. FIEGE will thus operate one of Europe’s largest fleets of perception-controlled robots in the warehouse.
Jens Fiege, CEO of the family-owned company, comments on the new order: “We are convinced that robots will be of great importance for intralogistics in the future — especially for fulfillment service providers.” This is why Fiege decided at a very early stage to rely on this technology. “We see ourselves as pioneers in this field and are further developing this flexible solution together with our partner Magazino. Continuing to automate order picking in our warehouses is an important step towards digitizing the logistics center,” says Jens Fiege.
“We are very proud to be working with FIEGE to drive forward digitization in intralogistics on such a massive scale,” says Frederik Brantner, co-founder and CEO of Magazino. “By using TORU at FIEGE, we are showing that the future belongs to perception-controlled robots in the warehouse,” Brantner continues.
Flexible automation in shoe storage
Magazino robots are used, for example, in a shoe warehouse in which the orders of a large German shoe dispatcher are processed. Thanks to numerous sensors and safety technology, the robots are already working there parallel to the employees and are moving shoe cartons into and out of the shelving racks and taking them to the dispatch station. The picking of individual articles plays one of the most decisive roles in the supply chain, especially in the booming online trade. End customers expect error-free and ever faster delivery. At the same time, staff shortages and order peaks pose ever greater challenges for service providers. In addition, order picking cannot be automated at all due to its complexity, or can only be automated with great effort and with a reduction in flexibility.
Digitization with intelligent robots
Magazino’s robots receive their pick orders via WLAN from the merchandise management system and can pick individual objects piece by piece using computer vision and artificial intelligence — both from the bottom and top shelves of common shelving systems. In the internal storage space, the robots can temporarily store the picked objects and thus process several orders in one run. Thanks to safety lasers, the robot detects both obstacles in the path and employees in its vicinity — at the same time, TORU can orient itself in the warehouse. This eliminates the need for physical changes in the warehouse or marking lines on the hall floor. Once trained, the networked robot can also use its WLAN connection to share self-created maps of its environment as well as experiences with specific objects or challenges with new robot colleagues. This enables the robots to learn from each other and thus constantly improve.
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 over 12,000 employees worldwide, the group generated a turnover of 1.45 billion euros in 2016. 178 locations and cooperations in 15 countries form a close-knit logistics network. 2.8 million square meters of warehouse and logistics space speak for the company’s efficiency. You can find more information at www.fiege.com
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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