B1 Robot

The first generation Black Line robot  

The Next Evolution

A slimmed-down, lighter warehouse robot with a cavity design, the B1 brings more speed to operations where it matters most, like larger warehouses where driving distances are longer.

Storage

Cavity Design

The slimmer B1 includes a cavity design to carry bins within the robot body, accommodating a taller bin (up to 425 mm) and unlocking additional storage potential. The slimmer body profile provides space for tighter and busier robot clusters.

425 mm

The B1 can carry the tallest AutoStore bin

1/2

B1 requires half the space of an R5
Speed

Increased Performance

B1 accelerates faster than other AutoStore robots. By having individual direct drive motors in each wheel base and removing the need for drive belts, the robot acceleration is 75% higher than that of R5. Driving is more balanced and on average B1’s delivery performance is 20% higher than R5.  

4
m/s

Top Speed
(13.1 ft/sec)

1.6
m/s

Lift Speed
(5.25 ft/sec)

Stamina

24/7 Operations

B1 does not need to stop for charging. Our patented BattPack™ technology means the robot will visit a charging station to switch out its battery when needed. Within 30 seconds, B1 will replace a low battery with a fresh one and continue with tasks, supporting a true 24/7 operation.

30 seconds

Time it takes to switch batteries

1.4 m/s²

Acceleration rate —75% faster than R5

Technical Specification

Measurement

W: 701 mm (2.3 feet) / L: 642 mm (2.1 feet) /
H: 815 mm (2.7 feet)

Weight of Robot

98 kg (216 lbs) with batteries

Power consumption

100 Watts (operation)

Operating temperature

2°–35° C (35°–95° F)

Top speed

4 m/s (13.1 ft/s)

Acceleration

1.4 m/s² (4.6 ft/s²)
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the maximum B1 speed?

Max speed is 4.0 meters per second (13 feet per second) with an acceleration of 1.4 meters per second² (4.6 feet per second²).

The lifting speed is 1.6 meters per second (5.2 feet per second) with an acceleration lift of 2.5 meters per second² (8.2 feet per second²).

How many picks can you calculate per robot?

This is case-specific. The general rule is 30 bins per hour for B1. A simulation of the design will determine a more accurate count.

Why can B1 accommodate a higher number of robots than the R5 on the same size grid?

Two main reasons. First, B1 blocks only 1.5 cells versus two cells with R5.

Second, the standard grid used for B1 provides two driving rails in all directions (known as a double/double grid). This allows robots to pass each other on both the X and Y axes instead of the previous rail design, which offered a single rail in one direction and a double rail in the other (also known as a single/double grid).

What is the difference in operation time per robot between B1 and R5 in a 24/7 operation?

The operation time per robot in a 24/7 operation will increase from 75% to 99% between R5 and B1 due to the exchangeable BattPacks of B1, which significantly reduces the robot’s charging time.

Can current customers with a single/double grid add B1 robots to their system?

Absolutely. While the robots have a higher performance with the double/double grid, they are made to work on previously installed systems using a single/double grid.

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Consumer behavior has changed; supply chains have not. Let's talk today to see how B1 can join your team to build resilience in your operations and let you stand out from your competitors.