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  • MIT Startup that can unload a trailer 'blazingly fast'!

    From Robotics and Automation News

    The secret, says the company, is to “keep people in the picture”.
    How has a team of 15 solved one of the biggest challenges in logistics automation in only 18 months and with limited funding?
    A real-world warehouse is chaotic and fast-paced. Unloading messy trailers and getting billions of e-commerce orders delivered on time involves backbreaking, repetitive tasks.
    It also requires a constant stream of ingenuity and problem solving that only people can provide.
    Ariana Eisenstein, Pickle CTO and co-founder, says: “At Pickle, we think of our robots less like Terminators and more like sled dogs. No one expects a team of dogs to run the Iditarod on their own.
    “They’d run into trouble in just minutes.”

    The same goes for AI robots. After spending months inside warehouses observing operations, the engineers at Pickle realized that if you try to completely replace people with robots, the operation would quickly grind to a halt.

    With that insight, Pickle may have created the holy grail of automation tech for the logistics industry: solutions that inexpensively retrofit existing operations and have the potential to increase the processing rate of the entire facility.

    In their new video, Pickle demonstrates how their robot, “Dill”, can unload a messy, real-world trailer at more than 1,600 picks per hour. This is significantly faster than a person, and double the speed of any competitors.
    To maintain these speeds, Dill needs people to supervise the operation and lend an occasional helping hand, stepping in every so often to pick up any dropped packages and handle irregular items.
    This saves employees’ backs and reduces the considerable costs associated with labor, mis-sorts, damaged items, and trucks leaving late.

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