US Positronix (USP) developed a low power, high load capacity, adaptive levitation system that enables a wide variety of applications, with some examples within warehousing and manufacturing automation described below:
Goods/Cargo Conveyance System
Increase speed and accuracy of
cargo transport in warehouse and logistics systems, while creating a
safer work environment for warehouse staff. Design automated and
adaptable cargo transport stations within warehouses so that people do not have to walk as far, or touch as
Goods to person / Person to Goods:
In picking applications, USP’s levitation system can transport the person and picking cart to the next bin, for fast, accurate, and low effort picking. This system dramatically accelerates picking throughput for ecommerce fulfillment centers.
Worker efficiency, performance, & satisfaction:
In factories, offices, warehouses, or production plants, the ability to transport a person along with their workstation or tools from one location to the next creates new models for thinking about where and when to best deploy personnel for optimum morale, collaboration, performance, or efficiency. The location of employees and workstations could be dynamically adjusted, based on what performance metric required optimization, or what solution
best retained employees.
Dynamic inventory management:
Inventory can be stored on mobile, levitated shelving units that are densely packed without any spacing between rows, thereby reducing the factory footprint needed for storage. As inventory is needed, USP's levitation system retrieves the shelf with the required inventory, and takes that shelf to a worker for the item to be picked.
Autonomous Palletizing/Depalletizing (or Levitated Mobile Robots):
Robotic systems for lifting cases or cartons from pallets or placing cases and cartons on pallets can utilize USP’s levitation system as the mobility platform, freeing these robots from navigation complexities, and allowing robots to focus on the value-added task of loading or unloading a pallet.