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Wynright Introduces Autonomous Robotic Truck UNloader for Warehouse Applications

Wynright Corporation, a leading independent, U.S.-based provider of intelligent material handling systems, today revealed it has added a new, patented Robotic Truck UNloader (RTU) to its extensive line of robotic solutions for warehouse and distribution center (DC) applications.

The Wynright RTU is ideal for boxes, bales, containers, tires and a variety of other products. One of the first of its kind for materials handling, it is a self-guided, autonomous robot that can be used to unload a wide range of floor-loaded products on semi-truck trailers or ocean freight containers.

The Wynright RTU’s advanced perception technology allows it to navigate into the trailer or container and sense its surroundings, as well as the size and shape of cases or even irregular products. It then unloads them onto a telescoping 24V motor driven roller conveyor to transfer product back into the warehouse or DC.

“While much of the warehouse has benefitted from automation, the loading dock is still primarily a manual operation,” said Kevin Ambrose, CEO at Wynright Corporation. “It is very difficult, labor-intensive work, often in intense heat or cold, which can make it a limiting factor to the overall efficiency of the warehouse. These working conditions, coupled with handling heavy product can also lead to injuries among warehouse personnel. Wynright’s new RTU solves those issues by setting a steady, reliable pace for unloading that allows warehouse and DC managers to plan workflow more effectively and keep products moving through the system while reducing the physical toll of manual labor on their people.”

One of the keys to Wynright’s RTU is its ability to sense the sidewalls, floor and product façade as it moves forward to complete the unloading process. Its perception-vision technology maps out the shape and dimensions of the next carton or object to be unloaded and guides the robot accordingly. It is this perception ability that allows it to pick cases in regular or irregular patterns, as well as mixed product sizes rather than being limited to same-size cartons or products.

Options on the Wynright RTU include:

  • The ability to track weights and sizes of cases
  • The ability to scan barcodes
  • A bypass process to handle odd-sized components
  • A paging system to alert operators to error conditions

Each RTU typically moves between a dock pair. The result is that the next trailer or container can be set up while the RTU is unloading the current one. A single operator can manage as many as three RTUs at once, greatly reducing labor costs while improving efficiency and operator safety.

“Wynright has brought continuous innovation to the warehouse and distribution center for more than 40 years,” said Ambrose. “The RTU is just one more example of our engineering expertise overcoming what seemed like an unsolvable problem and provide savings in time and labor. We are proud to add this product to our comprehensive line of robotic equipment.”

Wynright Corporation recently earned the new Certified Robot Integrator designation from the prestigious Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s foremost trade group. It is one of only a handful of integrators to have earned this distinction.


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