FloraBot - The World’s First Robotic Floral Designer
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FloraBot designs advanced technologies which enable our customers to automate the handling and assembly of fresh flower arrangements. Something that was impossible in the past.
Everything starts with a vision how to increase efficiency, improve product quality and provide scalability when needed, using flower friendly robotics. In simple terms, our robots do things that have not been possible before in mass production floral environments. We are able to automate the assembly of floral products and processes that were previously off limits to automation.
The flower industry represents unique challenges to robots in terms of handling and assembly. The requirements for handling specific flower varieties and different types of flower arrangements is vastly different from one week to another. Flower shapes, sizes, density and color are highly variable even across the same farm, and not every flower is exactly the same.
As labor shortages continue to hamper the floral industry, companies are looking for more capability and flexibility in automating processing and assembly of floral arrangements for the mass market. A human can go from picking up one flower variety to another without hesitation. Flower companies are looking for that kind of capability and flexibility in robotic automations systems.
The quality, consistency and creativity of floral designs will continue to be the primary business drivers in the mass floral market. Historically, mass market providers have struggled with these issues from a labor perspective. We can help solve these issues.
The world’s first robotic floral designer
In spite of the progress made at the mass market level in the last few decades selling flowers to consumers, the major chains have not been able to provide a “florist” quality product to consumers with comparable price points and quality. Adding the labor intensive aspect to the mass production of quality arrangements, the industry has not been able to keep up with demand on the major holidays each year.
We have seen this ourselves as we visit major retailers (Costco, Krogers, Sam's Club, Target, etc) each holiday to survey the product, price points and quality of arrangements being sold to consumers.
While there have been great strides made in semi automating the “bouquet” assembly process with very large, expensive and elaborate machines, there has been nothing on the market to address the needs of consumers who wish to spend a bit more on a higher quality floral arrangement.
We invented FloraBot with these factors in mind. The goal was to fully automate a high speed assembly line that can turn out AIFD quality floral arrangements at 100-200 units per hour, 24/7. After almost a year of research, R&D, testing, fabrication and more testing, and working with some of the largest robotic makers in the world, we are confident that we have achieved this goal.