HAI ROBOTICS passes the 100 unit milestone with HAIPORT

an illustration of the HAIPORT case loading interface
The HAIPORT can improve case loading and unloading by up to 16 times that of a conveyor port. | Image credit: HAI ROBOTICS

HAI ROBOTICS, marked a milestone for its HAIPORT-powered Workstation solution, over 100 units in operation globally since the product was launched one year ago. For customers pressured to update their warehousing facilities with higher throughput capacity, the solution has enormously improved order fulfillment efficiency.

The HAIPORT solution is an automatic loading and unloading system that can be docked with HAI ROBOTICS’ autonomous case-handling robots and conveyor workstations. The systems increases the throughput of the warehouse by concentrating and queuing cases, and reducing the number of interactions between the HAIPICK AMRs and the port.

The video below illustrates how the system functions:

At a HAIPORT-powered Workstation, multiple loads of totes or cartons are unloaded from the HAIPICK robots at the HAIPORT loader, transferred onto the conveyor belts for sorting per system orders and moved to the HAIPORT unloader, where they were fetched by robots for the next round of order processing.

With case loading and unloading being processed simultaneously at the two sides of a HAIPORT, a single workstation can be expected to handle up to 900 cases per hour, far exceeding that of manual handling. The speed is 16 times faster than robot-to-conveyor belt transport.

The speed – four to eight cases being loaded in 3 seconds and unloaded in 5s – promises higher case-handling capacity. A single robot’s efficiency can be improved by 30% compared with manual loading/unloading.

A HAIPORT-powered workstation increases loading and unloading speeds with the minimum of human intervention, increasing manual picking efficiency up to three times.

The entire solution can be customized and adapted for different uses based on the customer’s requirements. In many user situations, 30% fewer robots are required with a HAIPORT-powered Workstation deployed in a warehouse.

“HAIPORT-powered Workstation offers an innovative solution for warehousing automation and provides a new way of human-machine interaction.” said Jeff Zheng, R&D Director at HAI ROBOTICS, “It helps not only increase operational efficiency, but also reduce costs and deliver better ROI. We’re committed to delivering more value to our customers and making their investments worthwhile.”

HAIPORT-powered workstation has been certified by CE and ETL in compliance with the safety standards for Europe and US markets, respectively. The certifications also evidence that HAI ROBOTICS has been implementing stringent quality control for its products along its own supply chain, in product design and production.

Thanks to its flexibility, HAIPORT-powered Workstation is suitable for extensive storage scenarios in which medium and small-sized cases are used, such as raw materials, small electronics, apparels, medicine, retails and 3PL industries that have large number of SKUs and demand high order fulfillment efficiency in peak hours with surging e-commerce demands.

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