Automated Induction

Plus One Robotics' automated induction solutions optimize the picking and placing of mixed parcels, bags, and products for high-volume fulfillment and distribution centers. Harnessing the power of the company’s PickOne™ award-winning AI vision software, robots singulate packages and securely place them for downstream sortation. Coupled with Yonder, Plus One’s human-in-the-loop remote intervention software, exceptions are quickly handled, boosting throughput rates for less downtime.

The Plus One Robotics induction solution offers the flexibility required to work with numerous infeed or outfeed configurations including:

Induct to Cross-Belt Sorter

Induct to Tray Sorter

Induct to Linear Sorter

Induct to AMR

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Your Automated Induction Options


Our Turnkey Solution

Pre-engineered system with PickOne 3D/AI vision software, Yonder™ human-in-the-loop remote supervision software, robot, gripper, vacuum system, lighting, conveyors, safety features.


Our Software, Your Robotic Cell

Embed our PickOne 3D/AI vision software into your robotic cell.

Watch these videos to see Plus One Robotics' Induction Solutions in action

Demo: Parcel Induction

Customer Case Study: Pitney Bowes BWI

Individual Cup Control Gripper

Automated Induction Capabilities

Intelligent Grip Strategy
Classifies items by package type to enable dynamic adjustments in grip strategy, acceleration, deceleration, speed, and path.

Motion Detection
Ensures a quality pick location by re-triggering the pick request until the items are in a stable pose.

Place Verification
Verifies parcel placement within positional and angle tolerance for sorter. Returns major/minor axis item dimensions to prevent oversized parcels.

Empty Pick Zone Detection
If pick zone is empty, signals the system to index more parcels.

Double Recovery
If more than one parcel was placed, signals robot to recover the error by either placing items back into pick zone or ejecting them from the conveyor.

Scan in Flight
Automatically manipulate parcels to accommodate various barcode system setups or label-up requirements.

Machine Learning
With the industry's largest real image library from 1 Billion Picks, the systems continually improve by learning from every pick.

Business Intelligence
Visualizes system performance to provide key business insights for operational decision-making.

Real Time Exception Handling
Yonder software enables remote supervision that keeps operations running, minimizing downtime.

Robot Agnostic
Compatible with any major hardware OEM.

The State of Parcel Induction

As e-commerce continues to thrive globally, the demand for reliable parcel induction solutions is higher than ever before. In 2022, yearly volume exceeded 161 billion parcels and it is anticipated to reach  256 billion parcels by 2027, with a compound annual growth rate of 59%1.

This growth has placed immense pressure on traditional fulfillment methods. Warehouses are struggling to keep pace with the ever-increasing volume and variety of orders, leading to inefficiencies, errors and rising costs -- automation and robotics provide the perfect solution for meeting this challenge.

Plus One’s automated induction solution leverages 1 billion picks of production experience, enabling robots to handle a variety of picking and positioning jobs in e-commerce fulfillment and warehouse distribution facilities. Providing perfectly synchronized eye-hand coordination, this solution increases first-pass yield and enables companies to promote associates from repetitive tasks to higher-value work.

When coupled with Yonder™, Plus One’s human-in-the-loop technology, users also gain real-time exception handling and remote supervision to boost productivity even more.

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How AI-Automated Induction Works

When parcels arrive in a chute or on a conveyor, the PickOne Perception Kit images the items.

Using 2-D, 3-D, and AI algorithms, PickOne identifies each pickable item in  the scene and assigns it an associated confidence score.

PickOne sends the robot controller an array of locations and data for each pickable item via the PickOne API. If no items in the scene have a high enough confidence level, there are two options.

  1. PickOne issues a shuffle command to the robot controller to disturb the parcels and rescan.
  2. Issue a Yonder request where Yonder sends a picture of what the system sees to a remotely connected Crew Chief who handles the exception by selecting an item in the scene. In seconds, Yonder updates PickOne, and PickOne sends the data to the robot.

In parallel, Yonder stores the Crew Chief’s response, allowing the machine-learning algorithms to make the system smarter as it works. This ensures even higher performance over time.

Upon placement, the PickOne Perception Kit images the place zone to ensure a quality event. If it detects an out-of-spec parcel or a double, it signals the robot to resolve the issue.

Key Benefits

  • Improve sorting and picking throughput by more than30%
  • Improve automation deployment time requiring minimal floor space
  • Decrease operational costs associated with picking by 40% – 70%
  • Decrease parcel exception rate wih Human in the Loop intervention
  • Reduce turnover by improving job satisfaction
  • Reduce per unit handling cost
  • Improve sortation accuracy

Specification & Performance

  • Parcel types: polybags, shipping envelopes, padded mailers, paper mailers, parcels
  • Parcel weight <15lbs. (6.80kgs)
  • Parcel size up to 27in. X 19in. X 17in. (43.18-68.58cm. (longest edge))
  • Parcel height: .25in (.64cm) minimum
  • Load rating < 100lbs/ft2 (488kg/m2)
  • Throughput up to 2,500+ PPH
  • 99%+ Quality
  • Ms response time

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Automated Parcel Induction