Logistics support robot CarriRo® introduced at LIXIL Viva New Logistics Center

CarriRo® AD transports two carts connected together

CarriRo®, a logistics support robot sold by ZMP Inc. in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (CEO, Hisashi Taniguchi) was introduced to a major home center company LIXIL Viva in Saitama-shi, Saitama (President and COO, Osamu Watanabe). In September 2019, a total of 6 units were installed at the Higashimatsuyama Logistics Center, a newly established logistics base, in order to improve transport efficiency and save labor. Five CarriRo® AD (Autonomous Moving models) are automatically transported from the sorting to the shipping, and one CarriRo® FD (Following model) is for transporting containers to clean.

LIXIL Viva Corporation (https://www.vivahome.co.jp/corporate_top/) operates home centers such as Super Viva Home. We are addressing the labor shortage associated with the acceleration of store openings in metropolitan areas such as the Tokyo metropolitan area, reducing logistics costs, and improving the efficiency of logistics functions. As part of this, we established the Higashimatsuyama Logistics Center and introduced material handling equipment such as sorters and automatic sorting machines.

The reason to the introduction of CarriRo® is that it is easy to set up the transport route for the autonomous movement mode, and that it is easy to change the route after setting. On the other hand, with autonomous transfer robots such as AGV and SLAM that are guided by magnetic tape, it takes a lot of time to set the travel route, and the transport routes to the shipping berth are diverse. By transporting two or three carts at a time in the autonomous movement mode of CarriRo® AD, a 30% reduction in handling work is expected, leading to a reduction in worker load.

Furthermore, CarriRo® FD (Following model) can be used for transporting containers reducing the number of round trips and reducing transport man-hours.

【Logistics Support robot CarriRo®】

The logistics support robot CarriRo® is a product developed by applying ZMP's Autonomous driving technology represented by the service demonstration of the Automatic taxi® that ZMP is working on. In the logistics industry, where there is a rapid labor shortage due to the declining birthrate and aging population, CarriRo® sales are being carried out for the purpose of saving labor and increasing efficiency in the logistics industry. Since the start of sales, it has been installed for more than 140 users, and with new added value through autonomous movement, it has been introduced in various fields, including logistics bases and factories, and the service industry such as hotels.

[Product Web URL]​ ​ https://www.zmp.co.jp/carriro/
【Product price】
CarriRo® FD (Following model): 5-year lease 34,000 JPY per month (excluding tax) / 1 unit
CarriRo® AD (Autonomous Moving model): 5-year lease 52,000 JPY per month (excluding tax) / 1 unit
CarriRo® AD (Equipped with external connection function): 5-year lease 58,000 JPY per month (excluding tax) / 1 unit
CarriRo® AD +: (Trolley type) 5-year lease 73,000 JPY per month (excluding tax) / 1 unit
(Pallet loading type) 5-year lease 82,000 JPY per month (excluding tax) / 1 unit
* CarriRo® AD + will begin shipping in December.

【Main Specifications】

Body weight
55 kg

Width 61 cm × Depth 91 cm × Height 24 cm

* Handle part is 96 cm
Maximum loading capacity

FD/AD: 150kg
AD +: 200kg

Maximum speed

6 km/h (Drive, Following mode)

3 km/h (Autonomous Moving mode)

FD & AD:250N (equivalent to 300kg)

AD +: Equivalent to 600kg
​ ​* It depends on the condition of the road and boggie.

Charging time
Two and a half hours​ ​
Operating time

8 hours

* It may be different depending on the operating condition

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