KNAPP at the R&A Exhibition

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On stand 317, the KNAPP team will promote the group’s wide range of automation solutions offered – including robotic picking systems, smart assembly solutions and automated guided vehicles (AGVs).

KNAPP supplies material handling automation and software to the manufacturing, retail, food retail, e-commerce, fashion and healthcare sectors. Clients in the UK include John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Boots, Amazon, Staples, Clarks, British Gas, Alliance Healthcare, Boden, Primark, Kuehne + Nagel and Draper Tools.

KNAPP’s award-winning Pick-it-Easy Robot system features its proven KiSoft Vision image-recognition technology. This robotic picking solution has been delivered to a number of customers – including a dental wholesaler in the Netherlands, an electrical supplier in Germany and a pharmaceutical company in Spain.

Designed to handle a wide range of articles in applications where consistently high throughput is required, Pick-it-Easy Robot utilises a range of grippers that are switched at very high speed. It can be served by KNAPP’s OSR ShuttleTM Evo automated storage system, and can be used at induction points for overhead conveyor pockets, sorters or automated packaging systems.

KNAPP has also developed smart production systems for industrial applications. The company recently supplied a solution for the supply of components to assembly workstations to drivetrain manufacturer, Pankl, at its new factory in Kapfenberg, Austria. Shuttles retrieve all required components from storage and supply them just-in-time to the assembly workstations, where an intelligent feedback system, ivii.smartdesk – developed by ivii gmbh, the image-recognition specialist within the KNAPP group – captures information regarding every component and checks every work step.

Visitors to the KNAPP stand can also learn about the company’s Open Shuttle AGVs, which enhance transport efficiency in production and distribution applications. With both tote-handling and pallet-handling models available, the self-driving Open Shuttles can manoeuvre safely through any facility without optical or physical aids, reacting dynamically to obstacles and autonomously planning their paths.

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