Plus One Robotics Emerges from Stealth
May 29, 2018
Plus One Robotics, a 3D vision and controls developer for robotic
automation in the logistics and e-commerce markets, has exited stealth,
and has made the commercial release of the PickOne Perception system, an
integrated 3D vision solution for imaging parcels and generating robot
PickOne Perception System
Plus One Robotics has partnered with leaders in robot manufacturing,
system integration, and e-commerce to develop this technology for the
order fulfillment and parcel shipping markets. Rising consumer demand
for shorter delivery times has increased the need for improved
efficiency in sortation, induction, and singulation of the millions of
packages which must be handled each day. The repetitive nature of these
material handling tasks leads to high employee turnover and thus a need
for an automated solution.
"It's an exercise in labor optimization," Plus One Robotics Chief
Executive Erik Nieves said. "Our PickOne technology enables robots to
perform these simple yet necessary operations, allowing employees to
flow to higher value work." At up to 1500 picks per hour, the software
generates pick points faster than any other 3D vision software, allowing
robots to meet or exceed human picking rates, he said.
Leveraging advances in 3D image processing and machine learning, Plus
One Robotics' technology combines hardware and software to deliver a
robust, integrated solution. The PickOne system is robot-agnostic and
can be installed on robots from any major robot manufacturer, including
ABB, Fanuc, Kuka, Universal Robots, or Yaskawa.
perception is the prime mover for automation in supply chain," said Plus
One Robotics CTO and co-founder, Shaun Edwards. "As the variability of
the goods to be handled continues to grow, the need for adaptive vision
and seamless robot control is more acute. Our PickOne system is the
first to successfully deliver on these requirements, and at pick rates
that meet our customers' throughput demands."
Founded in 2016, the company has 11 employees and expects to add around
20 more within a year.
Plus One Robotics' initial investment round was led by Schematic
Ventures, a thought leader in supply chain automation, with
participation from Lerer Hippeau, ff Ventures, First Star, and Dynamo.
"The founder DNA is really something else. Erik is a known leader in the
industry with a distinguished career at Yaskawa. Shaun & Paul built the
most widely-used open source software platform in industrial robotics,"
said Julian Counihan, General Partner at Schematic Ventures. "As a team,
they check every box needed to create the next major category of