LOS ANGELES – Warehouse mobile robot provider inVia Robotics today announced the expansion of its core system. The latest update includes inVia Connect, which streamlines integration, as well as the ability for customers to automate replenishment, cycle counting and product returns.
The company’s automation system is powered by inVia Logic, which calculates and synchronizes inventory movements for a variety of business cases, and inVia Command, which maps a warehouse and designs optimized workflows based on those calculations. The workflows can be implemented in zones that are serviced by its Picker robots and/or warehouse workers, depending on the customer’s needs. The inVia Connect system adds a new layer to the software, a drag-and-drop data translator. The company said it can seamlessly match data fields between a customer’s warehouse management system (WMS) and inVia’s system, simplifying a costly and complicated systems integration process that typically takes months to complete.
The system automates routine, manual and generally inefficient warehouse tasks, including picking and sortation, inVia said. With this expansion, the inVia Picker robots can now also carry out replenishment, cycle counting and returns tasks. This helps address the increasing pressure on e-commerce companies to fulfill orders faster, accurately and more efficiently, without disrupting operations, the company said.
“inVia’s system expansion helps our customers stay ahead of consumer demand as the e-commerce landscape continues to rapidly change and grow,” said Lior Elazary, co-founder and CEO of inVia Robotics. “System deployments are already possible in a matter of days, and now system integration can happen just as quickly. The ability for our robots to take on additional routine tasks creates even greater efficiency across the entire warehouse in time for the busy holiday peak season. ”
In an increasingly competitive e-commerce market, inVia said its system provides customers with AI-driven automation technology to offer consumers expanded product assortments and deliver them faster and more accurately. inVia’s robots-as-a-service model makes robotics and automation accessible to companies of any size by introducing the ability to pay only for the services robots provide, rather than buying and maintaining robots. This allows them to scale services up or down as needed, which is critical for companies who face a high degree of seasonality, inVia said.
Founded in 2015, inVia Robotics is based in Southern California and has developed a goods-to-person solution offered via robots-as-a-service. The company has raised $29 million in funding, the most recent a $20 million Series B offering in 2018.