Swisslog showcases its robot-based solution, ItemPiQ, whose gripper can pick up to 1,000 items per hour

Swisslog showcases its robot-based solution, ItemPiQ, whose gripper can pick up to 1,000 items per hour
Swisslog Middle East general manager Alain Kaddoum at GITEX 2019.
Published: 8 October 2019 - 9:01 a.m.
By: Logistics Middle East Staff

Robotic, data-driven and flexible automated solutions provider Swisslog is physically displaying its efficient order processing solutions for single items at the 39th GITEX Technology Week.

Swisslog has partnered with Etisalat to showcase its latest robot-based solution ItemPiQ, which is specially designed for repeated, reliable picking of a wide range of items for the fast delivery of orders at low operating costs.

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With picking and palletising making up to 60% of warehouse operational costs, the ItemPiQ robot can handle a wide variety of common products in retail, e-commerce and pharmaceutical industries weighing up to 1.5kg and can reach 1,100mm. By using 3D vision technology for object recognition, ItemPiQ’s gripper can pick up to 1,000 items per hour and allows picking of a wide range of products of different shapes and sizes, error-free.

Swisslog Middle East general manager Alain Kaddoum said in a statement: "Businesses around the world are spending more on robotic process automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence. According to KPMC, enterprises are expected to invest $232 billion on technologies in 2025, up from $12.4 billion in 2018.”

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He added: "The Middle East is gearing up to take advantage of digitisation in a big way, and we are seeing companies in the region making real investments for real results today. A report by PwC Middle East says that 41% of participants surveyed from the region say they have already reached an advanced level of digitisation and integration and over 62% expect to be at such a level in five years’ time. Compared to other countries around the world, that is an unusually high level of digitisation."

Businesses in the Middle East are planning to invest more on AI-enabled projects. A research by International Data Corporation has predicted that the spending on the technology will reach $374.2 million by the end of this year, recording a 43% growth.

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