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ASRS with an AMR attitude

March 28, 2023
Hai Robotics’ intelligent automated storage and retrieval system earned the MHI Innovation Award at ProMat
Hai Robotics, provider of intelligent automated warehousing solutions, won the MHI Innovation Award for Best Innovation of an Existing Product at ProMat 2023 in Chicago (Figure 1).

Hai’s A42T autonomous case-handling robot (ACR) is goods-to-person equipment that extends upward, allowing facilities to store items up to 10 m—more than 32 feet—high, while remaining independent of any storage medium (Figure 2).

MHI—an 800-member trade association that includes material handling and logistics equipment companies, systems and software manufacturers; consultants; systems integrators and simulators; and third-party logistics providers and publishers—is the sponsor of ProMat and MODEX industry events.

The MHI Innovation Award recognizes Hai for its work in developing advanced equipment for automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) and the company's commitment to advancing customer success with innovative technology.
The A42T ACR is designed to be highly intelligent, able to handle most totes or container sizes and types, even cardboard boxes, on standard industry shelving structures. The A42T ACR is designed to free facilities of more rigid ASRS constructs (Figure 3). The robot is designed to provide system flexibility akin to that of autonomous-mobile-robot (AMR) or automated-guided-vehicle (AGV) technology, while allowing facilities to obtain warehouse density with maximum use of vertical storage.

"We are thrilled to have won the Innovation Award at ProMat 2023," said Brian Zheng, CEO of Hai Robotics USA. "This award is a recognition of our team's hard work, dedication and commitment to driving innovation in the industry. We are proud to be at the forefront of intelligent warehouse automation and are committed to delivering advanced solutions that help our customers stay ahead of the game."

Visitors at ProMat 2023 were able to witness the A42T ACR live where it demonstrated 32-foot-high tote picks (Figure 4).

"We are honored to have received this prestigious award, and we thank MHI for hosting such an exceptional event," said Rebecca Lennartz, director of marketing for Hai Robotics USA. "We look forward to continuing to drive innovation in the industry and helping businesses achieve their automation goals."