Automated handling solutions specialist TGW has won the ‘Business’ category in the 2018 Austrian Robotics Awards with its ‘Rovolution’ robot technology. The judging panel of representatives from the fields of education, industry and the Austrian Society for Measurement, Automation and Robotics were impressed by TGW’s intelligent, self-learning and flexible system for fully-automated single-piece picking.
“Being named as the recipient of the 2018 Austrian Robotics Award is a fantastic confirmation of our work. Positive feedback from our customers as well a large number of inquiries from potential customers are proof of the fact that we have our finger on the pulse of the industry,” says Harald Schröpf, CEO of the TGW Logistics Group.
The objective of the inaugural Austrian Robotics Awards is to feature pioneers who bring innovative ideas to life. While robots have long been state-of-the-art in the automotive industry, order picking in intralogistics has seen only limited applications. However, e-commerce has been presenting new challenges as well as changes in ordering patterns from customers, especially in terms of increased single orders. Intralogistics automation is increasing in importance, as a result.
“Rovolution’s technology is based on research from cognitive robotics, machine learning, and image recognition,” says Markus Gusenbauer, Director Group Technology at TGW. “Unexpected events are corrected autonomously and completely without human intervention, which allows for uninterrupted work processes 24/7.”
Rovolution’s second major advantage is its enormous flexibility. It can cope with a huge variety of article and packaging types, including both firm and soft packaging.
“System performance using gantry robots is significantly higher than with classic jointed-arm robots and can be seamlessly integrated into the TGW system world”, says Harald Schröpf. “The first order intakes, as well as the consistently high level of interest from potential customers, are proof that the market has been waiting for a solution like Rovolution, and we’re happy to provide it.”