Hongkong Post, the Hong Kong government’s department for postal services, has introduced its first robotic sorting system for packages.
The system was implemented by combining robotic moving and sorting technology with the development blueprint of the Hongkong Post project team.
It is hoped that use of robotics to support mail handling applications at the site will streamline the package sorting process and improve efficiency.
Sorting and moving robots were implemented to simplify overall workflow and achieve a more accurate process, compared to the use of manual sorting.
Manual sorting is more labour intensive and less productive, with the robotic system reportedly able to sort up to 1,000 packets per hour.
“The robotics system with smart technology assists in sorting mail packages to individual delivery points throughout the territory, enabling more efficient and flexible postal operation,” said Clare Chiu, general manager (management services), Hongkong Post.
“We seek to leverage robotics technologies to meet the booming of e-commerce opportunities.”
The technology was supplied by autonomous mobile robot (AMR) specialist Geek+.