MODEX 2024: DAC Robotics selects OSARO mixed-case robotic depal for new integrated warehouse replenishment system

OSARO fulfills front-end role for DAC Robotics’ fully automated inventory replenishment system

DAC Robotics

The DAC Robotics system combines the OSARO® Robotic Depalletization System with DAC’s latest automatic box opening ABOT and its automated decant robot.
DAC Robotics has selected OSARO for its mixed-case depal system, which automates the handling of dangerous depalletization, box opening and decanting.

DAC Robotics is teaming with OSARO, a machine-learning-enabled robotics for e-commerce company, to launch a warehouse replenishment system that debuts at MODEX 2024 in Atlanta. The DAC Robotics system combines the OSARO® Robotic Depalletization System with DAC’s latest automatic box opening ABOT and its automated decant robot.

With the system, fulfillment operators and 3PLs can now deploy an integrated and fully automated system capable of performing three crucial tasks: depalletizing, box opening, and decanting.

Integration with DAC, OSARO

“Today’s technology announcement is the culmination of more than three years of development, engineering and testing to integrate all automated work cells in the receiving and decanting process for warehouse intralogistics automation,” said Mark Ganninger, president of DAC Robotics. “With OSARO’s SightWorks Perception Software, we were able to design and deploy a system that met our exacting specifications.”

While many other tasks downstream from the loading dock have been automated, the hazardous manual tasks of unstacking, sorting, scanning, opening and transferring (decanting) master pack box contents into standard totes are often still performed by humans. To automate the entire process, DAC Robotics looked for a depalletizing system capable of unloading a wide variety of box sizes and shapes from a pallet and then handed off each box to an automated box-opening robot in preparation for decant.

The OSARO Robotic Depalletization System is equipped with OSARO SightWorks Perception software, which enables the robot to recognize, select and successfully grasp the varied sizes and materials of unevenly stacked packages commonly found on mixed-case pallets that arrive at a loading dock. The system can depalletize mixed-case pallets at rates that provide cost-effective automation of replenishment and reverse logistics.

“In today's busy ecommerce and fulfillment warehouses, thousands of different SKUs arrive on mixed or homogenous pallet loads every day,” said OSARO CEO Derik Pridmore. “The variance and multiplicity of pallet stacks, mixed pallet stacks, box construction and box conditions can easily exceed millions of possibilities. OSARO’s robotic depal system is the perfect teammate for DAC’s robotic box opener and decant system because it can maintain a high rate of in-bound merchandise, 24x7.”

What to expect from DAC, OSARO at MODEX

The fully integrated system on display in Atlanta includes:

  1. A DAC Robotics mixed-case depalletizing system, powered by OSARO SightWorks Perception. The system can rapidly depalletize the most technically challenging mixed-case pallets.
  2. A DAC Robotics ABOT (automated box opening technology), which features box metrology and dimensional capture to ensure precision opening of a wide range of box sizes and types prior to decant.
  3. A DAC Robotics precision decanting system. DAC offers fully automated precision handling of the most delicate glassware and foil packs to semi-automated designs that allow for necessary operator re-pack and consolidation functions, or additional process work to optimize and utilize the highest percentage of a re-packed tote’s capacity.

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DAC Robotics

The DAC Robotics system combines the OSARO® Robotic Depalletization System with DAC’s latest automatic box opening ABOT and its automated decant robot.

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