I am Robotics Partners with Tompkins Robotics to Expedite Order Fulfillment

  • April 05, 2021
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I am Robotics Partners with Tompkins Robotics to Expedite Order Fulfillment
I am Robotics Partners with Tompkins Robotics to Expedite Order Fulfillment

March 30, 2021 - IAM Robotics has joined forces with Tompkins Robotics to create a new robotic application to automate the exit process of order fulfillment. Developed by Tompkins, the new application enhances the current t-Sort system with the addition of xChange to autonomously remove completed order containers from sortation and replace them with empty order containers at one time. xChange is based on IAM Robotics’ latest robot, Atlas.

Thanks to the industry-leading features of xChange, companies are even closer to experiencing human-free automated sortation. Standard unit sortation systems typically require human laborers to manually sort items to order containers, then drop off each at a takeaway conveyor. In contrast, this new system uses t-Sort to sort orders directly into an order container, and xChange removes full containers and replaces it with an empty container. This completely automates the order fulfillment exit process, cutting both costs and labor requirements.

“We are excited to partner with Tompkins to provide a fully-automated sortation/order fulfillment exit process,” said Tom Galluzzo, CEO and founder of IAM Robotics. “The collaboration between our robotic systems will be a game-changer for logistics.”

Mike Futch, CEO and president of Tompkins Robotics, echoes these sentiments. “We are proud to unveil this breakthrough automation technology with our partner IAM Robotics. This collaboration combines the strengths of both companies to put the final puzzle piece together to maximize fulfillment automation for our industry.”

xChange is based on Atlas, an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) designed for handling and transporting materials within and between zones inside a traditional warehouse environment. Atlas provides flexibility for various tote sizes with configurable vertical shelf positions, making it the perfect fit for the foundation of xChange.

The t-Sort system consists of autonomous mobile robots that sort a wide range of items and parcels to consolidation points, optimizing client distribution performance and capabilities. The fast, efficient, and modular unit and parcel sortation systems can handle a wide variety of products unmatched by traditional sortation solutions.

Humans will continue to be essential to warehouse fulfillment, taking on more strategic roles. The xChange system responds to operational demands introduced by COVID-19, large-volume e-commerce sales, safety requirements, and labor shortages to boost productivity, reduce costs and match the pace of today’s fulfillment requirements.

About IAM Robotics

IAM Robotics is the future of material handling. Our mobile robotics platform powers operational excellence in an on-demand world.

We are dedicated to building adaptable and safe robotics solutions that seamlessly integrate into any operational environment. Our team of robotics engineers and supply chain veterans work closely with partners to model, simulate, and configure optimal solutions that keep their businesses competitive.

IAM Robotics was founded in 2012 and is proudly based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company is home to over 50 employees and supports customers worldwide.

About Tompkins Robotics

Tompkins Robotics is a global leader focused on the robotic automation of distribution operations. Our primary system, t-Sort, consists of autonomous mobile robots that sort a wide range of items and parcels to consolidation points. t-Sort is a portable, automated material handling sortation system that is creating a huge paradigm shift in the supply chain and how the basic distribution function of order fulfillment is accomplished. We continue to expand this core system with new innovative robotic systems such as the xChange to automate processes in fulfillment operations. Our systems maximize performance with mobile, scalable and flexible robotics solutions that grow and change on-demand to meet customer needs. We create profit and value for our clients, making them more agile and adaptable to the highly dynamic changes in the marketplace.

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