Lowell Massachusetts, 12-10-2018, NextShift Robotics, a provider of fundamentally different robotic workflows for material handling in distribution and manufacturing recently demonstrated the ability of its robots to climb 8+ degree ramps.
See a video of the ramp demonstration here -> https://youtu.be/kjw0R68du4c
“It sounds simple”, says Mary Ellen Sparrow, CEO of NextShift, “but the ability to climb steep ramps and handle rough surfaces is a powerful differentiator for us.”
“Most robots,” she continued, “are designed to only operate on clean and level floor surfaces. In a real distribution or manufacturing environment this is seldom the case.”
A real-world robustness has been designed into NextShift robots with the understanding that the surfaces aren’t always flat and pristine. This is an invaluable differentiator when dealing with the realities of logistics.
Why is that important? Because in many cases material handling workflows must move between buildings or onto mezzanines with open grating. Unless you have a robot that is designed to handle these surfaces and inclines you won’t be able to support your workflow.
Often people don’t discover this limitation in their robots until they run into it in their facility. Robots without this ability will simply stop, essentially getting stuck in the facility until someone comes to rescue them. Having to rescue stuck robots runs counter to the value proposition of ‘robotic automation’.
Next Shift robots don’t get stuck. NextShift robots are built for the real world of logistics and manufacturing.