RightHand Robotics last week announced that Gartner, the global research and advisory firm, has recognized the company as a Representative Vendor in its 2022 “Market Guide for Intralogistics Smart Robotics.”
RightHand Robotics was founded in 2015 by a DARPA challenge-winning team from the Harvard Biorobotics Lab, the Yale GRAB Lab, and MIT. The team said it was intent on bringing grasping intelligence powered by computer vision and applied machine learning to solve real-world problems. The company is based in Somerville, Mass.
RightHand said the Gartner report shares significant findings and recommendations for customers looking to buy autonomous systems. The firm observed a strong and growing interest in robots for use in warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing environments.
What is Intralogistics Smart Robotics?
Gartner describes intralogistics smart robotics (ISRs) as a special class of flexible, intelligent, and often mobile intralogistics systems. They are cyber-physical systems that leverage embedded sensors and AI technologies to sense their surroundings, operate and complete tasks, and communicate with intelligent software, RightHand Robotics said.
According to the report, 75% of large enterprises in product-centric businesses will have adopted some form of ISRs in their warehouse operations by 2026.
RightHand Robotics said it was recognized because it represents the attributes that Gartner considers fundamental in the intralogistics smart robotics market.
The research considers three of the most popular broad categories of robots used in the fulfillment and distribution centers: mobile robots (AMRs), picking robots, and engineered robotic systems.
The report recognizes RightHand Robotics as a picking robot provider, highlighting its products including:
- RightPick 3
- RightPick AI Software
- RightPick Control Center
- RightPick Integrator Tool Box
“We are honored by Gartner’s recognition,” said Leif Jentoft, chief strategy officer and co-founder of RightHand Robotics. “This is a strong reflection of our intelligent, adaptable, and easy-to-integrate robotic solution. Our solution stands out in the industry because of its leading performance, proven reference installations, and our focus to create a productized building-block that companies can rely on.”
What to consider when automating warehouse picking
The Gartner report includes discussion of the market for warehouse picking robots, and states, “Picking is a repetitive and labor-intensive task ripe for automation. Warehouse picking robots will evolve over the next few years to address the needs for better cost, flexibility, adaptability, scalability, utility, and intelligence.”
When considering warehouse picking robots, Dwight Kapplich, a research vice president and Gartner Fellow in Gartner's logistics and customer fulfillment team, suggests to “carefully map the types of picking use cases and volumes appropriate for these types of robots.”
“Redesign processes and target the right products when moving from people-driven to automated picking activities, in order to benefit from robotic picking advantages,” he added.
To receive a copy of the Gartner Market Guide for Intralogistics Smart Robotics report, please download it from Right Hand’s website.