Boston Dynamics Intros Stretch For Warehouse Automation
March 29, 2021
Boston Dynamics has revealed Stretch, its new box-moving robot designed to support the growing demand for flexible automation solutions in the logistics industry. This debut marks the company’s official entrance into warehouse automation, a fast-growing market fueled by increased demand in e-commerce.
Stretch is Boston Dynamics’ first commercial robot specifically designed for
warehouse facilities and distribution centers, of which there are more than
150,000 globally, according to analysts. The multi-purpose mobile robot is
designed to tackle a number of tasks where rapid box moving is required, first
starting with truck unloading and later expanding into order building. Stretch’s
technology builds upon Boston Dynamics’ decades of advancements in robotics to
create a flexible, easily-integrated solution that can work in any warehouse to
increase their flow of goods, improve employee safety in physically difficult
tasks and lower expensive fixed automation costs.
“Warehouses are struggling to meet rapidly increasing demand as the world relies more on just-in-time delivery of goods,” said Robert Playter, CEO of Boston Dynamics. “Mobile robots enable the flexible movement of materials and improve working conditions for employees. Stretch combines Boston Dynamics’ advancements in mobility, perception and manipulation to tackle the most challenging, injury-prone case-handling tasks, and we’re excited to see it put to work.”