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AutoStore announces the arrival of the new R5+ robot. This newest addition to the AutoStore fleet has a taller profile and is designed to handle deeper bins, up to 425 mm. The new dimension is the tallest bin size available in the AutoStore system.
With the R5+ robot, AutoStore customers can now store larger items in the AutoStore grid. Until now, this has been a premium feature possible only with AutoStore B1 robot installations. The R5+ is now available for operations globally.
The maximum grid height for AutoStore customers using the R5+ with 425 mm bins will be slightly higher than a grid with the R5 using 330 mm bins, creating a grid composed of 14 layers of bins that is around 6,044 mm tall.
“Sometimes the simplest solutions make the biggest transformation,” said Carlos Fernández, chief product officer at AutoStore. “We continue to innovate to help retailers improve the customer experience they offer. If there is one thing we’ve witnessed over the past two years, it is that the retail landscape, particularly in regard to e-commerce, has evolved to demand precision and speed. We’re committed to supporting our customers in becoming even more competitive in high throughput applications.”
The R5+ will continue to provide the fast and reliable service that the AutoStore system is known for, allowing customers to benefit from a solution that is capable of continuous operation.
AutoStore reported $84.7 million in revenue in the third quarter of 2021. Its revenue is up 95% from $43.4 million in Q3 of 2020. SoftBank took a 40% stake in AutoStore in April, 2021 valued at $2.8B.
In June 2021, Mike Demko, AutoStore’s VP of marketing, discussed the AutoStore strategy on this episode of The Robot Report Podcast: