March 9, 2020
Brain Corp announced a new partnership with power assist manufacturer Dane Systems. Dane Systems develops powered devices which assist in applications such as shopping cart retrieval. Brain Corp is a leading provider of artificial intelligence for AMR control systems.
The two companies describe the partnership to include the application of BrainOS® to the (currently) manual power assist devices designed and manufactured by Dane Systems. Delivery of the new autonomous machines will begin in Spring 2020 at several major retailers.
"Dane Technologies has a successful track record of developing equipment for demanding retail and manufacturing environments, including the pioneering QuicKART shopping cart management system," said John Black, SVP of New Product Development for Brain Corp. "They are a perfect partner to help bring accessible automation to this broad range of applications."
The applications of the combined technology will also include automated inventory movement from the warehouse to front of store. Users of the machine can utilize a simple and intuitive "teach and repeat" approach to building routes, allowing for easy initial deployment and updates to delivery routes as the environment changes. The robots enable workers to avoid pushing several hundred pounds of inventory from the back of a store to in-store displays, thereby increasing efficiency, lowering workers' compensation-related injuries, and freeing up time for employees to serve customers.
"Brain Corp delivers an industry leading AI software platform that enables manufacturers like Dane to build easy-to-use autonomous solutions at scale," said Dan Johnson, founder and CEO of Dane Technologies. "Our customers are looking for dependable automation solutions that can adapt to their changing operating environments and be implemented quickly and cost effectively. The Brain technology platform does not require custom infrastructure investments or specialized training. That allows these robots to deliver increased efficiency, safety, and a compelling return on investment to our clients almost immediately."