Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the logistics industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share some of our insights with you. So, let’s take a look at promising robotics solutions in the logistics industry.
Heat Map: 5 Out Of 600 Robotics Startups
For our 5 picks of Robotics startups in logistics, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 600 highly relevant Robotics solutions in the logistics industry. Depending on your specific needs, your top 5 picks might look entirely different.
Copal – Fully Automatic Solutions (Unload Containers Or Palletize)
The strenuous human work with uploading and unloading heavy bags and biles is being substituted with automatic robots that unload containers and palletize them. It does not only save time and energy but also ensures high productivity and increased speed of the manufacturing process. For example, a breakthrough for companies has been working with Netherlands-based Copal, which enables fully automatic solutions with their robotics force. Humans can program the robot to move load, palletize it, or deliver it directly to the pack station or storage.
Sawyer – Co-Bots
Working hand-in-hand with robots is not a vision of the future anymore. So-called “co-bots” (collaborative robots) are flexible in movements, quick in reaction, and high-quality in the working process. They can fully overtake monotonous tasks enabling people spending more time on complex objectives. Germany-based Sawyer is one of such “co-bots” that stands in the assembly line with the human workforce performing fully automatic work. This high-performance collaborative robot has a human-like face to make the working process more cooperative and friendly.
Smart Robotics – Pick & Place Robots
Meticulous and precise movements of robotics have enabled manufacturers to create high-performing pick and place robots that work effectively in assembly lines. Product sorting, loading items to machines, quality control and packaging are the main responsibilities for such robots. Smart, safe and simple in implication Smart Robotics, a Netherlands-based startup, considers the third dimension to enable complicated and precise picking and placing movements.
6 River Systems – Shelving Robotics
Robotics have become a guide for people working on shelving products. Those robots can either work automatically or hand-in-hand with the human workforce helping them with moving goods. They are able to collect data while on the road and analyze it to further improve shipping. For instance, when the robot of US-based 6 River Systems has filled a tote, it automatically delivers the goods to the designated station or storage.
GreyOrange – Advanced Robotics Software
To solve the simplest tasks, robots have to compute sophisticated algorithms on the intersection of computer science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cognitive sciences, electrical and mechanical engineering, machine learning, etc. Startups that develop AI software for robots combine perception with adaptive decision-making abilities. For example, Singaporean startup GreyOrange offers advanced AI-driven robotics that function on the basis of intelligent software enabling the user to control the devices for effective cooperation. By reducing the order-to-delivery time, this flexible automation resolves the customer business challenges of fast and error-free fulfillment of orders.
What About The Other 595 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 Robotics startups showcased above are promising examples out of 600 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.