GENI-AntTM: The next generation of autonomous mobile robotics to automate small parcel sortation
Fives developed its ultimate parcel sorter based on AMR, named GENI-AntTM, to help CEP operators solve how to sort non-compatible or irregularly shaped parcels automatically.
In 2019, the GENI-AntTM was showcased at Parcel + Post EXPO in Amsterdam for the first time.
In 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic had a major impact on consumption patterns. The demand for home deliveries reached new record levels and the small parcel volumes increased up to unprecedented peaks.
As a result, distribution centers have been receiving more and more shipments consisting of irregularly sized or poorly packed items that are difficult to handle automatically, such as polybags, padded envelopes and other odd-shaped packages, most of them containing just one small item.
In this context, Fives’ teams worked hard to develop further the GENI-AntTM design by integrating specific innovations and improvements.
Most innovative features
The GENI-AntTM incorporates two independent sorting units, each of which can be equipped with different types of belt, depending on the product to be handled.
Beside the flat belt conveyor, Fives included a new belt model specially designed for unstable, fragile items and products with uneven surfaces: this innovative belt features edges and gauges that prevent objects from moving or rolling, offering total control on the item during transportation and sortation.
Different available heights have been added: the robot can be from 800 mm up to 1.3 m high to allow discharging into containers and chutes or onto horizontal conveyor belts, depending on the application.
The fleet runs throughout the operational area at different speeds on the straight and in curves, from 1.5 m/s up to 2.5 m/s.
Differently from the AGVs that are guided by cables, magnetic strips or sensors installed inside the warehouse, every GENI-AntTM robots can move completely autonomously in a dynamic environment. Using Wi-Fi communication, the system software manages their navigation, defines where each of them should speed up or slow down and calculates the most efficient travel path, according to the position of the vehicle, the nearest loading area, and the assigned destination.
And above all, AMRs never stop, due to the automatic battery recharging system ensuring continuous operation, with no need to arrange a dedicated charging station.
Main benefits for the customers
Can be effectively used to reduce manual material handling.
Can be installed in restricted space and adapted quickly to any change.
Can be moved very easily, as it is not a permanent equipment.
Can be used as a stand-alone system or added to an existing equipment.
Can be re-configured simply by changing the layout, without stopping the operations.
Can be scaled up easily by adding vehicles or destinations, with no disruption.
Can be combined with Fives’ automatic induction lines.
The initial investment can be adapted according to the current layout and performance requirements and then increased at a later stage, also on a RaaS (Robot as a Service) basis.
“Our AMRs are built to be deployed quickly,
thanks to standardized vehicles, proven software modules and seamless integration.
The system occupies a very low footprint and is therefore the optimal solution for many
applications in both large-sized hubs
and small distribution centers,
such as post terminals, express courier depots
and 3PL warehouses.”
highlighted Fabio SACCHI, New Application Director at Fives Intralogistics SpA
About Fives’ Smart Automation Solutions Division
With 1,600 employees in Europe, Asia and North America, Fives' Smart Automation Solutions Division provides best-in-class automation solutions with a broad portfolio of proprietary technologies and software for the retail and mass distribution, mail, post and courier, e-commerce and general industry markets.
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