The Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. (Yaskawa Motoman), R/X Automation Solutions (RXAS) and Universal Robotics have announced a partnership to develop arobotic pharmacy order fulfilment system.
The robotic system will provide complete verification of National Drug Code barcodes and validation of robotically-placed patient labels for pharmacy unit of use items while automatically handling an array of items including bottles, boxes, and variousother products, according to a press release.
"Offeringautomated systems to the mail order, central fill and specialty pharmacy industries as well as drug manufacturers and drug re-packagers is a natural expansion of our automated process tools and software for the pharmaceutical industry," mentioned Tim Chambers, CEO of RXAS. "We are excited to partner with other industry experts."
RXAS, a manufacturer of custom pharmaceutical equipment with 11 years’ experience, develops packaging systems and pill counters, as well as software for process quality control and item validation. The system will incorporate Yaskawa Motoman robots and Neocortex artificial intelligencesoftware from Universal robots, which adds intelligence to 3D vision, enabling robots to recognize a range of random unit of use items.
"This solution leverages the breadth of our robots by using versatile six-axis and high-speed delta models to bring automation to pharmaceutical applications," said Roger Christian, vice president of business development and marketing for Yaskawa Motoman.
David Peters, CEO of Universal Robotics, added: “Neocortex machine learning-based 3D vision provides unprecedented flexibility to allow the robot to handle an unlimited number unit of use containers.”
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