RBR50 Spotlight: Slip Robotics minimizes trailer loading times with simple approach

Organization: Slip Robotics
Country: U.S.
Year Founded: 2019
Number of Employees: 11-50
Innovation Class: Application & Market

Imagine you’re a truck driver finally arriving at your destination after hours of driving. Once you drop off your cargo, you know you have hours more to go before the end of your workday.

In between all this driving, you spend a significant amount of time simply waiting for your trailer to be unloaded and loaded again. While there are robots that can unload pallets or boxes individually, Slip Robotics has taken a different approach to the problem.

Instead of creating a robotic arm to pick items individually, the Atlanta-based company developed SlipBot, also known as an automated loading robot (ALR).

It’s a large, omnidirectional mobile robot that can carry up to eight full pallets and a total of 6 tons. Once the pallets are on the ALR, it autonomously drives into a trailer for transport to the next destination.

When it gets there, it drives off the truck and into the warehouse. Once the truck has been unloaded, the ALRs waiting in the wings can drive onto the trailer.

This can reduce driver wait time from 1.5 hours down to just five minutes, said Slip Robotics. The company also said it can load 20 pallets per minute without driving a forklift into a trailer.

Besides reducing wait times for divers, Slip claimed that its robots can load eight times as many trailers with the same number of operators. It can also reduce damage by 40% by reducing touches and impacts in material handling.

Finally, the company said its systems can improve worker safety. Twenty-five percent of industrial accidents involve a loading dock, noted Slip Robotics, and ALRs make it so operators never need to enter trailers to unload, load, or secure.

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