Goods to Person

E-commerce has grown exponentially due to the recent global shift from retail to online sales, with the Goods to Person market expected to quadruple by 2023, according to a recent Gartner article.

Now more than ever, E-commerce companies need to automate – and scale quickly – to keep up with demand and stay ahead of the competition.

For the autonomous mobile robot sector, easily and accurately determining the robot’s location – independent from the environment – is essential, specifically in Goods to Person logistics operations.

Source: Science Direct, published November 1, 2019. Decision Rules for Robotic Mobile Fulfillment Systems.

AMRs for Goods to Person Operations

AMRs play a key role in many Goods to Person order fulfillment operations as they provide a modular, scalable platform on which to build the process.

Accerion is guiding mobile robots into the future … but how?

Accerion’s positioning systems enable AMRs to follow a virtual grid with sub-millimeter accuracy at high speed and operate in highly dynamic environments … without any infrastructure.

This means Accerion’s Triton positioning system is the right technology at the right time to further accelerate industrial automation, giving Goods to Person operators a competitive advantage.

How does Triton work?

Triton is infrastructure-free. There are no laser reflectors, no magnetic tape, no QR codes.

First, the warehouse area is mapped with the Triton sensor by recording images of the floor. After recording, we use artificial intelligence to convert the recorded images to unique “signatures.”

Goods to Person for order-picking and replenishment. Source: Science Direct, published November 1, 2019. Decision Rules for Robotic Mobile Fulfillment Systems.

 

In operation, Triton maps the “signatures,” then provides coordinates to the navigation system so mobile robots can localize themselves in the environment.

Triton provides absolute localization updates as input for drift corrections of the vehicle’s navigation system. The floor becomes your map, and you need no additional infrastructure for precise localization.

Left: Just wheel odometry showing planned and actual path. Right: Using the floor “signatures” for absolute localization as input for drift corrections.

 

Triton’s sub-millimeter-level accuracy enables mobile robots to perform high-performance operations in dynamic environments at a speed of 1.5 to 2 meters per second.

The Triton system consists of a camera, lighting, CPU, software and database embedded in one sensor measuring 110 x 110 x 40 mm with two connections, power supply and signal exchange. Triton holds CE, FCC and RoHS certifications.

Here’s the really good part: Triton is economical

Triton offers new logistics applications, high-speed driving and docking, no infrastructure costs and highly accurate localization.

Do more with less: no infrastructure, no QR codes and/or laser reflectors and fewer vehicles when compared to traditional AMR Goods to Person applications.

The Triton localization sensor is compact and fits any AMR. Triton is a state-of-the-art solution used for virtual grid following and other Goods to Person applications using AMRs.

Triton is economical. Triton’s dynamic and accurate vehicle operation means operators require fewer vehicles, significantly reducing costs.

Triton’s top features

Infrastructure-free
The floor is your map, which eliminates hefty installation costs and maintenance of localization infrastructure such as induction wires, magnetic tape, laser reflectors or QR markers.

Sub-millimeter accuracy
Triton’s sub-millimeter repeat accuracy results in faster AMR driving, faster docking and more effective fleet operation.

Dynamic environments
Unlike Lidar SLAM localization, Triton allows AMRs to operate in dynamic environments without infrastructure, offering Goods to Person operations great flexibility.

Flexibility and scalability
After mapping the warehouse floor, operators can easily scale E-commerce business by adding more AMR’s, more SKUs, and more storage and mobile racking. Using the existing floor surface, the virtual grid offers flexibility and scalability so logistics operations can grow quickly. And with its high-speed driving capability, Goods to Person operators can do more with fewer AMRs.

Accerion’s Triton positioning system is the right technology at the right time to accelerate the growth of the Goods to Person market.

Download the Goods to Person data sheet and get in touch to learn how to implement Triton in your high-performance logistics operations: sales@accerion.tech