Chris Morgan met us at the booth for Bastian Solutions at Promat 2019 in Chicago for his first interview with IndustrialSage!
After getting blown away by the company’s transparent truck trailer and ULTRA robot last year at MODEX, joining Bastian Solutions at Promat was a no-brainer for us.
“We’re trying to do the most fun things out there… We’re in all areas such as autonomous vehicles, robotic picking, robot arms, conveyance delivery, reach trucks, anything that you can think of. If you can dream it, we can build it.”
Bastion focused this year on their new Robotic Shuttle as the central focus of their display. They created the shuttle in response to the demands of modern e-commerce. Rapid delivery, more specifically.
Other robotic shuttles might be available to material handling companies, but Bastian’s is one-of-a-kind and unique to the market. Why? Scissor technology raises and lowers the crate three rows above or below the shuttle wheels. It wields its very own carbon fiber robotic arm with vision and AI picking. The arm differentiates between products to pick as needed. It also employs AI and predictive analytics to continually learn and improve its techniques over time.
“The big fun part about this is, this robotic shuttle can leave the grid and transport itself freely throughout the entire space!”
No other robotic shuttle can overlap between inventory grids and unmarked warehouse floors. Bastian discovered this need when working with small brick-and-mortar stores as they struggled to compete with larger eCommerce enterprises. They developed this robotic shuttle from the ground-up as a response.
Suction within the robots unique arm means that it can pick up items as delicate as a business card. Conversely, its flexible and self-tightening digits grip objects as unwieldy as American footballs. Massive crowds flocked to the booth for Bastian Solutions at Promat to see this bot in action. So, it looks like the product’s launch was a smashing success.
“Products like this are absolutely necessary for all of the stores across the world to be able to stay competitive and meet the demands of the customer.”
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