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Caja Robotics: Delivering Flexibility through 'Plug n' Play' Robotic Warehouse Automation

Bailey Ludlam | 6 April 2022

In response to the daily challenges of keeping up with dynamic market changes and adjusting order fulfillment processes to match, Caja Robotics developed smart warehouse technology that adapts to existing infrastructure and is flexible enough to handle peaks in sales. Caja’s solution combines two robots: a Lift robot and a Cart robot, that work together to optimize order picking operations.

In 2022, Bastian Solutions announced a working relationship with Caja Robotics to integrate robotic systems in the U.S., with a plan to leverage each other’s capabilities in the material handling space to serve a range of projects and customer sites.

We talked to Ilan Cohen, the CEO and Board Chairman at Caja Robotics, for a deeper insight on the technology and future of DC automation development. Ilan is an external founder with a Ph.D. in AI (artificial intelligence) and an extensive career in automation and robotics.

“With such a boom in the market, warehouses are in dire need of automation, and it’s no longer something “nice to have”, it has become a must,” says Ilan Cohen. “Caja’s solution is unique in that it directly addresses the needs of the customer. The solution is simple to deploy, nearly plug n’ play, and is easy for warehouses to implement and operate.”

 

Q: The ability to scale operations is a big focus right now pandemic and market changes – investment capital, workforce availability and future planning. What kind of flexibility does Caja Robotics technology bring?

One of Caja’s main advantages is its scalability. Many clients prefer to deploy the solution to a small area of the warehouse at first, before scaling up and implementing the solution throughout the entire warehouse as a plug n’ play solution. Caja is able to grow with the warehouse and adjust its solution to the growth. In addition, Caja adapts the solution, with minimum changes to the warehouse (e.g., existing shelves), as well as to uncertainties such as uneven floors. Caja’s unique solution also supports both ecommerce and retail operations in the same warehouse, combining both high and low runner capabilities, seamlessly in one warehouse.

Q: What benefits and optimizations does Caja Robotics technology bring to an operation?

Caja is a flexible, simple to deploy and easily operable solution that addresses three main needs of the warehouse: high performance and productivity, optimize warehouse floor space, and the need to address manual labor shortages. Caja prides itself on learning the needs of each of its customers and tailoring a solution best suited to their warehouse. Taking into account peak seasons, warehouse sizes and human intervention is the key to Caja’s success. The solution is able to recommend best practices using minimum robots which address the warehouse’s performance, optimizing location of bins within the warehouse, and decreasing the need for manual labor significantly.

Caja addresses several market segments, where a solution has already been deployed: footwear, apparel, eGrocery and 3PL (third-party logistics). The 3PL solution attests to the flexibility of Caja’s capabilities as the needs are constantly changing. Caja is able to assess ever-changing needs and continue to tailor a solution that best suits the 3PL.

Q: What is the most critical part of Warehouse Automation and how does Caja fit into that?

Caja believes software is everything. Robots are important as well, however, they are becoming more of a commodity. The software manages everything, such as traffic management (the robots are a slave to the software), order management and warehouse optimization. Caja has an entire solution: robots, picking stations and a cloud-based software that intricately operates it all. 

Q: What is in the future for Caja Robotics?

Caja is mainly a cloud-based software solution, easily interfacing with any warehouse management software. The solution is constantly being optimized to adapt to the future needs of the market. The goal is to get the maximum number of orders out and bring the bins as fast as possible to the picking stations. To address this, Caja plans to speed up the robots and optimize the location of the items during the processing. One major example of the optimization is a task manager that will allow workers in the warehouse to manage the tasks more efficiently and optimize the time they are using to carry out processes as well as to predict the number and activity of robots needed.

Author: Bailey Ludlam

Bailey is the Brand Marketing Manager at Bastian Solutions, based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. She has a bachelor’s degree from Washington College and 10 years experience working in marketing and journalism. Outside of work, Bailey enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and can usually be found hiking, running or creating with LEGO bricks. 

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