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OmniPick based on AI research

05 March 2019

Austrian intralogistics specialist TGW recently celebrated the premiere of its new OmniPick pocket sorter at the LogiMAT 2019 intralogistics trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany.

This new and innovative product is based on research from the fields of artificial intelligence and smart robotics – and offers solutions for omni-channel and e-commerce challenges.

As a targeted response to the challenging motto of "Mastering the Unpredictable", the new pocket sorter solution was featured at the very centre of TGW’s trade-fair booth. Numerous international attendees and media representatives had the chance to take a close look at the demo.

“With complex solutions, it’s of particular importance to provide hands-on access to new products, that way giving people the opportunity to literally get a grasp of things”, said Christoph Wolkerstorfer, CSO of TGW Logistics Group. “This approach was confirmed in the course of many discussions with attendees. Logistics managers and supply chain managers are facing the huge challenge of having to cope with more and more unpredictable scenarios. OmniPick offers the right answer to this uncertainty issue.”


Individual articles are each placed in a pocket – whether it's clothing, shoes, electronics, toys, or cosmetics. Garments on hangers can also be processed in between single pockets. This dynamic system allows for goods not only to be transported, but also buffered, sorted, and distributed efficiently and quickly. Of particular importance for dealing with increasing levels of e-commerce is the fact that returns can simply be buffered and quickly removed when a new order is placed – thus eliminating the need for order picking.

Unlike other systems, OmniPick features automatic loading by robot as well as automatic unloading.

Key Points

  • Pockets are emptied automatically and without human intervention
  • High throughput
  • Batch picking and preventive replenishment reduces the number of transports
  • Efficient consolidation of warehouse-mixed orders
  • Flat garments in pockets and hanging garments on clothes hangers can be processed together in the conveyor system
  • Returns can be buffered and used for order processing without re-picking

“This design makes OmniPick a zero-touch system. Users can adapt quickly and flexibly to different business scenarios and changing order structures. And, OmniPick comes with consistently high efficiency, productivity, and dynamics. TGW is automating order fulfilment from receiving to shipping. This has great benefits for performance – as well as total cost of ownership,” Christoph Wolkerstorfer emphasised. Hence, primary target groups for this innovative solution are not only fashion retailers, but also pure e-commerce players and specialists for omni-channel fulfillment in other industries.

OmniPick will be featured at ProMat in Chicago in order to introduce TGW's innovative solution to companies all over North America. With more than 1,000 exhibitors, ProMat is considered to be the most important intralogistics exhibition on the American continent and will take place from April 8 to 11 in Chicago.