Cognex joins the OSARO Partners Alliance

The combination of OSARO’s AI-driven SightWorks™ vision and control software and Cognex’s DataMan® scanners helped achieve >99% accuracy on Zenni’s high-throughput fulfillment line

OSARO®, a global leader in machine-learning-enabled robotics for e-commerce, has welcomed Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), the leader in industrial machine vision, into the OSARO Partners Alliance, an ecosystem of expertise aimed at delivering optimal automation solutions to customers. By integrating Cognex DataMan fixed-mount, image-based barcode readers into the OSARO Robotic Bagging System, OSARO solved a difficult technical challenge for Zenni Optical.

The recent deployment at Zenni in Novato, California, showcased the role of Cognex’s DataMan barcode readers in OSARO’s system, which comprises a FANUC M-10 Series robot arm powered by OSARO SightWorks™ vision and control system for robots, a Pregis Sharp™ automated bagging machine, Cognex readers, and Framos cameras to guide the robot. NPSG Global constructed the physical infrastructure in collaboration with OSARO’s technical team.

The system demonstrated compelling ROI for one of the world’s top eyeglass retailers by solving an ongoing challenge. Zenni’s signature translucent blue eyeglass cases had stymied scanners from several OEMs that were unable to read barcodes through the plastic cases. OSARO vetted several suppliers before selecting Cognex DataMan readers, which achieved 99% accuracy and read rates, while increasing throughput by 80%.

Lighting plays an important role in barcode reading solutions and helps to increase read rates. Cognex’s high-intensity LED lighting — a high-powered integrated torch (HPIT) — was instrumental in the ability to read barcodes through Zenni’s eyewear cases. Today, each OSARO robotic system can pick, scan, bag, and label up to 410 eyeglasses per hour.

“At OSARO, we’re always looking for the best technologies and vendors to incorporate into our strategic partnership ecosystem. Cognex is now part of that partnership strategy to deploy the best possible solutions to our customers,” said OSARO VP of Operations Gemma Ross. “We are excited to be working with Cognex and to draw on their experts with deep domain experience in the successful deployment of barcode readers in challenging e-commerce and logistics applications.”

“Cognex is proud to partner with OSARO to solve the most difficult barcode reading challenges on behalf of its customer, Zenni,” said Ben Carey, director of logistics product management at Cognex. “Our DataMan barcode-reading solutions can read barcodes in challenging conditions, ensuring that customers can maintain an efficient and accurate robotic pick-and-place process — and deliver customer orders on time.”

OSARO Partners Alliance addresses an urgent need for better automation

The OSARO Partners Alliance offers one-stop access for businesses looking to deploy robotic solutions in their fulfillment operations. It provides a mechanism for AMR and ASRS vendors, integrators, distributors, third-party logistics companies, and consultants to collaborate and co-market unified solutions. The program is designed to optimize every stage of a customer’s purchasing and deployment processes through collaboration with OSARO’s partners.

The OSARO partners program convenes the optimal set of players to deliver success to both customers and partners. It fosters a community where participants can share knowledge, resources, and expertise to support their mutual clients as they evolve their supply-chain capabilities to keep e-commerce humming.

Members of the Alliance can use OSARO’s industry-leading pick-and-place vision software to create new opportunities, build new revenue streams together, and expand the range of available solutions for fast-growing e-commerce and logistics businesses.

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