Prime Vision mobile parcel sorting robots trialled by PostNL

Dutch robotics company Prime Vision has been trialling a new mobile parcel sorting robot with PostNL. Traditionally, automated sorting machines have been in a fixed position but the Prime Vision systems, being tested in Belgium currently in a manual sorting centre with PostNL, are mobile robots.

Prime Vision claim that all that is needed for the mobile sorting robots to operate is an empty production floor and a few days for the AI powered robots to learn the floor to navigate it. 

Björn van Batenburg, process innovator at PostNL, explains, “We started testing as we want to understand the ins and outs of autonomous sorting. Questions we ask ourselves include: What is the potential productivity? How do operators interact? How do we achieve optimal integration in existing processes? The flexibility, scalability and short implementation period are set to make the concept a valuable add-on to our logistics network.”

Bernd van Dijk, innovation Director at Prime Vision elaborates on the advantage of the trials from Prime Vision’s perspective: “For Prime Vision, performing these tests during actual operations constitutes the final stage in development toward full market introduction of autonomous sorting.”


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