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  February, 2015
Goods to Robot Picking Requirements for E-Commerce Omni-Channel Fulfillment
by Thomas R. Cutler

Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz, making its North American debut at ProMat 2015 (booth #5521) in Chicago, IL in late March, utilizes goods-to-robotic picking with a focus on automating e-commerce fulfillment centers. "For the last few years goods to person solutions for e-commerce omni-channel fulfillment have grown dramatically," according to Anuj Kapuria, Director & CEO, representing the company at ProMat 2015. Kapuria added, "While robotic picking and packing technology has been around for a decade the recent dimensional technology advancements have been extraordinary," and why the Indian-based firm is now bringing their solution to the North American market.

Order picking AGVs (automated guided vehicles) or BOTS are used to move ordered products to trailer-loading area for distribution. Distribution center (DC) operations managers must ensure these vehicles are capable of executing multiple paths and bus routes, possess safety features including safety-class bumpers and laser range sensors for obstacle detection. It is critical to have multi-vehicle coordination and optional intersection management. These "labor" workers must integrate with central MES (manufacturing execution systems).

Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz is the only Indian Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) solution provider that has helped the manufacturing sector increase productivity multi-fold and work in a clean pollution-free environment. With more than 100 AGVs installed and commissioned in last three years for manufacturing applications for Engine Assembly, Kitting application, Mobile Assembly Stations, the company expanded warehousing solutions such as Mobile Case Flow System, Sortation Conveyors, Palletizing Solutions, and Truck Loading/Unloading Systems.

Kapuria graduated with a Master's Degree in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA after completing his Bachelors in Robotics and Automated Manufacture Engineering, from the School of Engineering, University of Sussex. He then worked as a researcher in CMU, successfully executing projects in 3D Object Recognition, Autonomous Vehicles, Terrain Mapping, and Face Recognition. He has also been a part of several U.S. Defense Projects. During ProMat, Kapuria will share the company's global pathway to successfully transforming path-breaking ideas into products, create custom-made solutions, and minimize time to market.

Kapuria recognizes that the omni-channel and e-commerce modalities of 24/7 same-day delivery require different automation solutions. Kapuria is proud to be one of the global industry leading innovators to showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain equipment and systems during ProMat 2015. Over 800 exhibitors from industry, commerce, and government will display supply chain solutions and innovations on the 300,000 square foot show floor. ProMat attendees will discover the latest innovations learning the latest ideas driving productivity, attend more than 100 educational sessions, and build strong business partnerships with suppliers.

Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz ( is a pioneering global company based in India working in the field of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Control technologies. Spanning the entire value chain starting from requirement analysis, concept development to system integration and beyond, the company holds more than fifteen patents, state-of-the-art technologies, and is engaged in developing solutions to bring in effective and efficient robotic systems for mass utility. Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz is a part of the Hi-Tech Group - a $150 Million multi-dimensional group of companies with more than two decades of experience in the Indian and International markets. The Industrial Robotics Division develops world class robotic and automation solutions increasing the efficiency and productivity on the factory floor. Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz North American operations will be launched at ProMat 2015.

Thomas R. Cutler is the President & CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., ( Cutler is the founder of the Manufacturing Media Consortium including more than 5000 journalists, editors, and economists writing about trends in manufacturing, industry, material handling, and process improvement. Cutler authors more than 500 feature articles annually regarding the manufacturing sector. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide and can be contacted at and can be followed on Twitter @ThomasRCutler. See More Details.

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