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INNOTECH and OSARO Collaborate to Build a Demonstration AI Picking Robot System for Rohto Pharmaceutical’s Next-generation Smart Factory

INNOTECH and OSARO | January 12, 2022

OSARO Inc. a global leader in the development and provision of advanced robotics automation, and INNOTECH CORPORATION, which provides advanced products for electronics and consumer industries, have announced a collaboration to create an innovative demonstration for Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. using AI piece-picking robots. The two companies are jointly providing picking robots and jointly building a system for their introduction into a new factory production line, scheduled for completion in 2022. OSARO will take the lead in providing AI software to improve the efficiency of robot operations, and INNOTECH will provide support from demonstration testing to integration of the AI software.

By automating the picking of bottle products, one of the most labor-intensive tasks in the production process, with robots, the collaboration aims to reduce the workload and improve productivity at the Rohto factory. Rohto produces OTC medicines, beauty products and supplements. In the eye care category, sales of OTC eye drops account for more than 40 percent of the Japanese market.

 “We are honored to have OSARO's picking technology recognized by the next-generation smart factory of Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. We believe that the ability to integrate with existing equipment is a great advantage to create a new model case for Japan’s future factories and warehouses.”

OSARO CEO Derik Pridmore 

Yosuke Kaburaki, Director, INNOTECH CORPORATION stated: “We have been conducting basic experiments with Rohto Pharmaceutical using robots that incorporate OSARO's AI software. In the future, INNOTECH will continue to speed up the integration of OSARO's software technology into Rohto's production process to make it more effective and efficient.”

About INNOTECH CORPORATION Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
INNOTECH provides comprehensive technology and support solutions for customer product development and manufacturing. Since 2000, INNOTECH has engaged in the business of internally developed products, leveraging its technical knowledge, strengthened by its existing and expanding business relationships. Today, INNOTECH continues to evolve as a total solution company, with hardware, software, consulting and support offerings for customers’ design, development, and mass production activities, leading up to the introduction of their final products.

About OSARO, San Francisco, CA, USA
OSARO designs and deploys robotics automation solutions in the materials handling industry using software-defined robotics. OSARO automation systems bring together advanced machine learning for object recognition with powerful control software that adapts to customer data and environments. The company’s robotic piece-picking solution is optimized for grocery, cosmetic, and e-commerce markets, where key challenges include high SKU inventories, complex packaging, and fragile items requiring delicate handling. OSARO Solutions have been validated by the world’s leading retailers, system integrators, and third-party logistic companies.

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The publication of the stable text of the European Union (EU) Medical Devices Regulation, and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation in June 2016 documents the political agreement between the three EU Institutions – the Commission, the Parliament and the Council – on the contents of the revision of the EU legislation for medical devices. Preparation as regulations means that the legislation will apply directly in the Member States, thereby minimizing the potential for differences being introduced during national adoptions. The availability of this text allows affected organizations to start considering the effects on their activities and what they will need to do in order to be compliant with the revised requirements. The text will undergo legal checking prior to formal adoption.

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