Pregis and inVia Robotics partner on a packaging fulfilment solution that apparently boosts efficiency by automating pick, pack and replenish applications with artificial intelligence (AI) software.

Pregis says that its advanced automated solutions are typically integrated into end-of-line work cells, which it refers to as the “perimeter around the parcel”. This includes its Sharp brand of bagging machines, as well as its air-foam and paper-based protective packaging systems.

The collaboration with inVia is aimed at integrating automation capabilities throughout the fulfilment process in order to increase operational efficiency, order accuracy, and pack cycle times.

inVia’s robots, which are apparently fully autonomous and mobile, move goods from pick grids to pack stations and then back for replenishment. Meanwhile, a warehouse management system sends shipping labels to pack stations where Pregis’ end-of-line systems increase throughput, according to the companies.

The companies claim that the Pregis-inVia automated solution can improve productivity tenfold compared to manual processe. This, in turn, can ease labour challenges, enable customers to meet consumer demand, and provide quicker return on investments.

David Schuda, vice president of technology at Pregis, comments: “Pregis prides itself in working collaboratively with fulfillment operations to ensure all aspects of production are as efficient as possible. That means bringing in partners and developing integrated solutions to optimize results.

“That’s exactly why we partnered with inVia – to improve upstream pick and pack operations, as well as boosting labor efficiencies.”

Lior Elazary, chief executive officer and co-founder of inVia Robotics, adds: “Strategic partners like Pregis help us integrate additional automation into warehouse operations, ensuring goods, people and equipment are all flowing without interruption.”

Fulfillment operators can visit the Pregis IQ innovation centre in Aurora, Illinois, USA, for a demonstration of the integrated solution from Pregis and inVia.

Pregis acquired Sharp Packaging Systems in 2018 for an undisclosed amount. In the same year, it launched a paper void fill system offering enhanced safety and ease-of-use, as well as high productivity and customised work cell options. The company says it is focused on providing efficient and sustainable packaging solutions across the application requirements of its customers.