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6 tips for improving automated order picking

Source: Robotics Business Review / by Kayla Matthews To optimize order picking, robot designers, integrators, and users should consider the pieces, processes, and training required for industrial automation, cobots, or AMRs. A challenging labor market and accelerating customer demand, both exacerbated by the current virus crisis, have put increasing stress on supply chains. As a result, many factories, warehouses, and distribution centers are turning to automated order-picking systems, which can …Read More

The Next Generation of Warehouse Labor

Source: Inbound Logistics / by Karen Kroll Working side by side, robots and humans reinvent warehouse work. At the Wurth Adams warehouse outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, a shuttle system brings products to employees, who then pick the items they need to complete their orders. “It’s a goods-to-human system,” says Ken Misch, managing director of operations for the west region. Wurth Adams is part of Wurth Industry North America, a global distributor of …Read More

Dexterous AI-Powered Robot Stanford Spinout Company RIOS Raises $5 Million

Source: Pulse 2.0 / by Dan Anderson RIOS — a developer of dexterous AI-powered robots for automating assembly lines — announced it raised $5 million in venture funding. RIOS — a developer of dexterous AI-powered robots for automating assembly lines — announced that it came out of stealth mode and raised $5 million in venture funding. This funding round was led by Valley Capital Partners (VCP) and Morpheus Ventures with …Read More

Robot-Based Bin Picking Set to Transform Manufacturing Sector

Source: Vision Spectra / by Grant Zahorsky, CANON USA Breakthroughs in path planning, collision detection, and detailed 3D point maps have made it easier for robots to more accurately find parts in bins, paving the way for advancements in bin picking. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution nears, companies all over the world will need to prepare for the immense changes coming their way. Machine vision, used in combination with artificial intelligence and deep …Read More

Pick, Path, Place

Source: Design Engineering / by Mike McLeod Universal Robot’s ActiNav kit puts autonomous bin picking and CNC machine tending within reach of SMEs. While commercial cooperative robots (cobots) have been available since the early 2000s, their popularity didn’t exploded until the past three to four years. In 2018 alone, global cobot market revenues grew to approximately US$567 million, a 56.6% increase over 2017. Similarly, cobots shipments that year totaled roughly 19,000, a year-on-year …Read More

Automation’s Effect on Warehouse Workers

Source: MH&L News “Many companies are moving workers from jobs that automation can handle more efficiently and save workers from physical stress,” said Keven Beasley, CIO at VAI. Trying to figure out the effect of automation on workers is a complicated matter. “In the warehouse, automation has moved from simple tasks such as wrapping machines to the ability of software programs to process data from a number of devices in …Read More

DHL Opens Innovation Center to Showcase Logistics Technology

Source: Robotics Business Review / by Phil Britt Robotics a key showcase for company’s new display of supply chain and logistics-related technologies. DHL opened its Americas Innovation Center in northwest suburban Chicago Thursday, complete with demonstration robots, conference areas, smart glass displays (for human bin picking) and other amenities to demonstrate to customers the company’s capabilities in the warehouse, logistics and other areas of the supply chain.

Report: logistics sector will rise to second place in use of collaborative robots by 2023

Source: Supply Chain Quarterly Applications led by material handling, assembly, and pick & place, Interact Analysis says. Vendors shipped more than 19,000 collaborative robots—or cobots—in 2018 as they generated a faster increase in global revenue than any other sector of the robotics industry, led by applications in material handling, assembly, and pick & place, a new study shows. In 2018, global revenues from cobot production exceeded $550 million, almost a …Read More

Six trends shaping warehouses of the future

Source: Supply Chain Digital  By Mark Wilkinson, Supply Chain Consultancy Manager at Indigo Software In 2010, many warehouses would still have been regarded as a neglected cost centre. Now, moving into 2020, the warehouse is a carefully managed control centre and very often the strategic hub of e-commerce within an ever-extending supply chain. Exciting as it is to be entering a new decade, the business landscape has been transformed, with the …Read More

It matters to me if you are human – Examining categorical perception in human and nonhuman agents

Source: Science Direct Authors: EvaWiese, Patrick P.Weis Highlights Evidence for categorical perception for human as well as nonhuman agent spectra. Cognitive conflict maxima located around category boundaries for human and nonhuman agent spectra. Enhanced cognitive conflict processing for the human as opposed to nonhuman agent spectra category boundaries. Category boundary shift stronger for human than nonhuman agent spectra. Categorical perception quantitatively, not qualitatively different in human agent spectra. Abstract Humanlike but …Read More