Zalando – successful picking robot trial

A test of mobile picking robots by Zalando using Magazino’s TORU robots has been successfully completed. This opens the door to expanding the robot fleet and a move to a larger operational area.

The test was done with robots being deployed in parallel with humans in the Zalando warehouse in Erfurt. Both worked on storage and retrieval of shoe boxes in shelving racks.

“We were able to exceed the requirements in all areas. What makes us particularly happy is that the hard work of the past weeks has paid off so clearly,” said Markus Ruder, project manager at Magazino.

Carl-Friedrich zu Knyphausen, head of logistics development at Zalando, said: “After various assignments in Pick and Stow, the robots have clearly proven themselves in our logistics test environment.”

Zalando will now send the two robots from Erfurt to its Lahr site in southern Germany, and the firm plans to buy six more TORU robots later this year. Firstly they will be trained in the shoe area of the warehouse and then connected to the warehouse management system.

Thanks to laser scanners and 3D sensor technology at the front and rear of the robots they can safely work with human pickers, working in parallel with them. Should a TORU robot sense a human or obstacle on its route it will slow down, or stop and wait, though it can find an alternative route should the path continue to be blocked.

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