VIPER X-Docking™ is a turnkey solution for automation freight sorting in courier cross-docking facilities using autonomous mobile robots and AI

Solution structure

Rubedos® VIPER X-Docking™ solution is a combination of hardware, software and services provided by Rubedos and our partners.

Solution software stack
  • Fleet management
  • Workflow control
  • Robot control
  • Equipment control
  • Deployment tools
  • Data analysis
Sensors and accessories
Partner's fitting robot platform

International service network

System partners
  • Integration
  • Adaptation

Cross-docking process explaned

In a typical courier cross-docking facility all incoming freight is unloaded from trailers into the inbound area where it soon gets picked up and cross-docked to the outbound area to be loaded and dispatched in time. The process might also include dimensioning and weighting steps.

pallet weight/ dimension checking

Huge parametric variation

All courier cross-docking stations inherently face huge parametric variations in freight: by weight, size, pallet type, drop-off location, irregular shrink-wrapping, etc.

Solution software stack
900 800 700 600 500 400 300 95% of pallets < 500 kg 200 100 0 50 80% 0.4 x 0.6 - 1.2 x 1.4 m (W x L) # Pallets 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 550 600 650 700 750 800 850 900 950 1000 0 <kg
Variable parameters
  • Weight
  • Size
  • Pallet type
  • Drop off position
  • Film wrapping


Variable parameters
Unknown location
  • Pallet type and pick-up position
  • Travel path and drop-off position

Variable off-hours pallet flow

Off-standard working hours (early AM shift and late PM shift) further make it increasingly hard to acquire and retain qualified working labour:

AM shift:

05 h00 10 h00

PM shift:

15h30 22 h00

Platform details

In a state-of-art process, freight sorting relies on forklift drivers’ experience and ability to visually gauge and assess suitable pallets for immediate pickup. In our beyond-state-of-art cross-docking process freight sorting is performed by a fleet of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). VIPER X-Docking™ solution utilizes our partner’s fitting robot platform, which has been modified with Rubedos® robot control software and additional sensing capabilities:

  • Visual perception system with AI
  • Ultra compact  counterbalance lift truck
  • High  maneuverability 
  • High energy efficiency  and robustness
  • Auto-dock contact  ecternal charging unit 
  • Payloads up to  400 kg 
  • Max fork length  1300mm 
  • Multiple  pallet profiles 
  • Can drive on uneven surfaces 
  • Forklift safety blue-spotlight
  •  Safety lasers  for human protection and collisions

Cost structure comparison

On average, the human operator (driver) accounts for 4/5 of the cost of operating a manual forklift, let alone accidents, damages and material handling process quality variation:

Maintenance Maintenance Energy Energy Truck Truck Operator costsup to 80% Customer savings Operating costs Damages Accidents Quality Licences Manual cross-docking VIPER X-Docking™ Savings


Rubedos technology reduces the reliance on human forklift drivers and ensures accuracy and efficiency in handling a wide range of pallet types, including those that vary in size, weight, shape, and drop-off location. In addition to ‘simple’ material handling Rubedos can provide their customers with invaluable real-time intelligence about the freight as it progresses through the cross-docking process.

  • Non-disruptive to manual process
  • Elastic in response to labor shortage
  • Increased material traceability
  • Real-time insights on material flow
  • Less quality variation in operation


At Rubedos, safety and compliance are of utmost importance. Our track record of developing EU MDR and US FDA-compliant medical device products demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the highest industry standards, particularly in industries where precision, reliability, and safety is paramount.

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