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McMurray Stern Unveils State-of-the-Art Tech Center Redefining Warehouse Automation in Partnership with HAI Robotics

Santa Fe Springs, CA—After years of meticulous planning and collaboration, McMurray Stern proudly announces the grand opening of its cutting-edge Tech Center, a beacon of innovation that stands as a testament to the company’s commitment to redefining warehouse automation.

The center showcases a range of leading automated storage and fulfillment solutions — including a demo system of Hai Robotics’ automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) driven by award-winning Autonomous Case-handling Robots (ACRs).

A Vision Years in the Making

The Tech Center’s inception began several years ago when McMurray Stern recognized the need to accelerate its presence in the automated storage and retrieval sector. With a successful history, particularly in its pivotal partnership with Spacesaver, the company identified uncharted opportunities beyond traditional mobile shelving and racking solutions. To bridge this gap, a physical representation of groundbreaking technology was deemed essential to help clients fully comprehend these innovative solutions.

To bring this vision to life, McMurray Stern collaborated with a consortium of pioneering technology partners. This concerted effort, supported by the expertise of McMurray Stern’s engineering team, culminated in the realization of the Tech Center. The project spanned several months with multiple iterations, resulting in an unparalleled facility that exemplifies cutting-edge technology in the Western United States.

A strategic partnership with Hai Robotics brought together McMurray Stern’s extensive integrated storage technology experience with the advantages of Hai Robotics’ flexible, ACR-driven automated storage and retrieval systems. By joining forces in the Tech Center, they offer customers the opportunity to interact with top-tier ASRS technology in 1 location.

Hai Robotics’ intelligent ACRs drive highly flexible ASRS constructed of standard racking, and move containers of varying sizes and material, as well as uncontained goods. Hai Robotics’ solutions maximize vertical storage up to 10 meters (32+ feet) high and provides modern storage density to reduce customer’s storage footprints up to 75%. 

Inspiring Hands-On Experiences

The driving force behind the Tech Center’s creation was to offer customers an immersive, hands-on experience, allowing them to gain a profound understanding of technology in the context of warehouse automation. It serves as a dynamic space where visitors can witness solutions firsthand and envision their application within their own operations.

Amongst other automated solutions, Hai Robotics’ demo system features an interactive workstation allowing visitors to experience the system firsthand.

A Compact Powerhouse of Innovation

Spanning 30,000 square feet, the Tech Center combines conference room, warehouse, and technology showcase spaces. The deliberate inclusion of all technologies sold by McMurray Stern in its own operations underlines the company’s commitment to actively engage with the products it offers. Beyond understanding these products, this approach fosters continuous improvements in the design of electro-mechanical systems and software. The Tech Center has already catalyzed the pursuit of numerous patents for innovative applications developed within its walls.

Weaving its way through 4 slim aisles between storage racks is Hai Robotics’ cutting-edge A42 ACR with 9-tote carry capacity and double-deep tote reach combined with patented Spacesaver ActivRAC mobile shelves for extra storage density. The robot picks and replaces totes of assorted styles and sizes, displaying its flexibility for a range of storage scenarios.

As Hai’s automated equipment makes its way to and from a conveyor belt picking and delivering totes, visitors can test the system’s easy-to-use software at an ergonomic workstation. 

Elevating the Story Behind the Tech Center

Beyond its state-of-the-art status, the Tech Center boasts a repertoire of working automation solutions, featuring articulated and mobile robots. These systems seamlessly demonstrate Automated Storage and Retrieval, Order Fulfillment, Decanting, Sorting, and Shipping, positioning McMurray Stern at the forefront of warehouse automation innovation.

The Tech Center’s mission extends beyond showcasing technology; it embodies a commitment to actively contribute to the advancement of automation solutions and set new industry standards. Its impact reverberates not only in inspiring innovation but also in offering unique, tailored solutions to clients.

“We are thrilled to open our Tech Center in Santa Fe Springs,” said Pat Fitzpatrick, CRO of McMurray Stern. “This facility represents our commitment to delivering cutting-edge storage solutions that can transform businesses and organizations. We invite everyone to come and explore the future of storage technology with us.”

“At Hai Robotics, our unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation drives everything we do. Through this collaboration, we have the unique opportunity to bring our vision to a broader audience,” said Richie Chen, founder and CEO of Hai Robotics. “Together with McMurray Stern, we are not just showcasing our technology; we are illustrating how ASRS, powered by our HaiPick ACRs, is expanding what’s possible in this industry.”

“We are excited to join forces with McMurray Stern and bring our cutting-edge ASRS to their Tech Center,” said Brian Reinhart, Chief Revenue Officer at Hai Robotics. “With this evolution of our partnership, we look forward to customers having the opportunity to experience the efficiency, adaptability and scalability of our HaiPick Autonomous Case-handling Robots (ACRs) firsthand in an immersive and educational environment.”

McMurray Stern invites industry stakeholders, partners, and technology enthusiasts to experience the Tech Center firsthand during its grand unveiling on October 13, 2023.

Go to https://mcmurraystern.com/techcenter to learn more about how you can partake in the Open House.

The Tech Center marks a new era in warehouse automation, and McMurray Stern is excited to embark on this transformative journey with its valued clients and partners.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jill Sambol
Marketing Manager
Mcmurray Stern

Rebecca Lennartz

Director of Marketing

Hai Robotics


(510) 573-0295

About McMurray Stern:

McMurray Stern is a pioneering provider of innovative storage and automation solutions, committed to optimizing efficiency and productivity for businesses across diverse industries. For decades, McMurray Stern has forged strategic partnerships with industry leaders to deliver cutting-edge solutions tailored to clients’ unique needs.

About Hai Robotics:

Hai Robotics is a leading global provider of automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS). They are committed to elevating the world’s access to inventory by providing smart, fast, efficient warehouse automation that is more accessible to all facilities.

Their intelligent and rugged award-winning Autonomous Case-handling Robots (ACRs) drive highly flexible ASRS constructed of standard racking, and move containers of varying sizes and material, or uncontained goods. Hai Robotics’ solutions maximize vertical storage up to 10 meters (32+ feet) high and provide modern storage density to reduce customers’ storage footprints up to 75%. Their systems increase workflow efficiency gains up to 4x, enhance inventory management, and improve order pick accuracy to 99.9+%.

 Founded in 2016, Hai Robotics’ solutions are relied on in more than 1,000 projects in over 30 countries, supported by 8 offices around the world. To learn more, visit HaiRobotics.com.

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