Emancro offers complete robotic solutions which are sold as an annual subscription and include 365 day/year live-support, and remote monitoring by Emancro’s control center.
The overall speed of the robot is influenced by a number of different factors: The robot’s traveling speed (4.47mph, 2m/s) is faster than most technicians’ walking speed. Since the robot is able to count items using its AI-powered camera system, read barcodes and RFID labels, entering data (such as item counts or expiration dates) into other IT systems is instantaneous and therefore much faster than with human technicians. The robot’s pick and place speed on the other hand is slightly slower than human speed, however Emancro is working to increase the speed and we are confident that we will soon reach super-human pick and place speed as well.
The battery life is 13-20h depending on use. Using a fleet of only two robots 100% uptime will be guaranteed.
The current version of EASO can operate electric doors (by pressing a button or waiving) but it cannot open manual doors yet (this is work in progress). EASO can also operate elevators by pressing elevator buttons
We are currently piloting EASO with a group of select hospitals. If your hospital is interested in a pilot, please inquire on our contact page
Emancro staff will first visit your hospital and take pictures of the medication trays (if automating tray assembly) or medication cabinets (if automating medication cabinet restocking). This data will then be analyzed by Emancro’s AI system allowing us to pre-train and pre-validate the AI models before bringing the robot on-site. Once the pre-training and validation is complete a single robot will be brought on site and tested until all tasks can be completed reliably. After that a fleet of robots can be deployed.
In that rare event that the robot fails to complete a task it will automatically alert staff in the Emancro control center. Our team will then remotely operate the robot to bring it back to its normal working state. The Emancro control center is constantly monitoring all deployed robots ensuring 100% uptime at all times.
Assembling Medication Trays
You can use your existing medication trays, if they are following the standard sizes used for Pyxis and Omnicell Anesthesia stations. Emancro will supply tray carts that are compatible with our robot system and the existing trays of your organization.
Emancro will provide new shelves that are configured to be compatible with the robot system and provide the same or even more storage space than our customers’ existing shelves.
The robot automatically checks in regular intervals if new trays have arrived, and recognizes the trays on a QR-code on the front of the tray. If it detects new trays it automatically performs restocking. Alternatively, manual restocking requests for specific tray scan be made in the Emancro WebApp.
It will take EASO about 5-10 minutes to restock a medication tray with around 10-20 new items.
Restocking Medication Cabinets
EASO 1.0 is 2 feet in diameter which is smaller than the vast majority of medication room doors. The robot is also able to turn in place and is built to navigate in very tight spaces. Emancro Staff is happy to review your hospital's floor plans or measure the space to confirm that our robots can work in the environment.
For most hospitals, the EASO will perform medication cabinet restocking during night time or non-busy hours minimizing any potential friction between staff and the robot. If a nurse or medication staff needs to access a medication cabinet while EASO is performing restocking, they can press the robot’s move-away button and the robot will temporarily stop its work, close all drawers and move aside. It will then automatically resume work after a specified time. The same applies when the robot is performing tray assembly in the central pharmacy. In case the robot is in pharmacy staff’s way they can press the move-away button and the robot will move out of the way to a pre-specified location until the work area is cleared for the robot.
It will take EASO about 20-30 minutes to restock a medication cabinet with around 50 items.
The robot will be equipped with an electronic authentication function, by communicating with the medication cabinet over the network. However this is not yet implemented in the current pilot version. Therefore the robot will initially use its finger to type a password on the medication cabinet’s keyboard.
The robot will be equipped with an electronic interface to the medication cabinet which will allow it to wirelessly transmit data (such as item counts or expiration dates) to the medication cabinet. However this is not yet implemented in the current pilot version. Therefore the robot will initially use its finger to type this information on the medication cabinet’s keyboard or touch screen.