Mon. Oct 2nd, 2023
    Intelligent Sorting Systems: Innovating the Packaging Industry

    GlobalData’s analysis of over 77,000 patents reveals that the packaging industry is undergoing a significant transformation with the emergence of intelligent sorting systems. These automated systems, incorporating advanced technologies such as robotics and machine learning, are revolutionizing the way materials and products are sorted and classified.

    Intelligent sorting systems improve accuracy, efficiency, and reduce human error and operating costs. They rely on various characteristics like size, shape, weight, and color to categorize items effectively. With the ability to streamline the sorting process, these systems are poised to shape the future of the packaging industry.

    GlobalData’s research highlights 30+ innovation areas that will drive the industry forward. Intelligent sorting systems stand out as a key disruptive innovation. The analysis also identifies the companies leading the charge in this innovation area. Spanning technology vendors, established packaging companies, and start-ups, these companies are actively involved in developing and applying intelligent sorting systems.

    Walmart emerges as one of the top patent filers in intelligent sorting systems. Other notable companies filing patents include SoftBank Group, ZenRobotics, Gree Electric Appliances, Fanuc, and ENEOS. SoftBank’s recent partnership with Berkshire Grey, a provider of warehouse automation solutions, aims to enhance operational efficiency through the integration of AI robotics-based technologies.

    Walmart leads in terms of application diversity, while SoftBank Group and World Precision Manufacturing (Dongguan) follow closely. In terms of geographic reach, SoftBank Group leads the pack, followed by Walmart and ENEOS.

    The advancement of technologies and the increasing demand for efficient and sustainable solutions are expected to drive the adoption of intelligent sorting systems. These systems offer improved efficiency, accuracy, and sustainability, positioning themselves as frontrunners in an evolving market landscape.

    To gain a deeper understanding of the key themes and technologies reshaping the packaging industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Packaging.

    Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

    Note: GlobalData provided the underlying data, research, and analysis for this article. GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices worldwide. Patent classification and textual analysis are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies in industries worldwide.