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Project update: Covid-19 crisis impact and action plan

PICK-PLACE project, like almost everything else on a global scale, is being affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Needless to say, health and safety are our top priority right now. Most members of the consortium have temporarily closed their facilities and partners are working from home, following social distancing and containment guidelines. These measures also imply other limitations which are relevant for an EU research initiative, including restrictions for traveling and …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

The Top 10 Collaborative Robot Industries in 2020

Source: ROBOTIQ / by Alex Owen-Hill Cobots are predicted to move into many industries in this new decade. Here’s our list of the top 10 industries where they will make their mark. Cobots are nothing new, right? If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’re probably already very familiar with collaborative robots (although, if this is the first Robotiq post you’re reading, welcome!!). But, there are some industries …Read More

Incorporating the industry’s perspective to PICK-PLACE

In the past weeks, a new section has been incorporated to PICK-PLACE project’s website, the “Forum” section, which gives access to an online survey. As explained in the Challenge and objectives section, the idea behind PICK-PLACE emerged from the lack of available solutions that answer the industry’s need to manipulate parts with high variability (in terms of size, shape or weight) or to do so in less structured environments.

Cold chain gets more sophisticated

Source: Modern Materials Handling / by Gary Forger Cold chain is heating up. No, freezer and refrigerated warehouses aren’t getting any warmer. But, there sure is steadily increasing demand for their inhospitable temperatures. And, it’s true for food as well as pharmaceuticals. “The cold storage sector and broader food industry continue to evolve nationally due to a variety of factors including changing consumer dietary and delivery preferences and growth in the …Read More

Up Close and Personal with Locus Robotics’ Warehouse Robots

Source: Americaninno / by Emily McNeiece For those uninitiated into the world of warehouse robotics, Locus’ robots are truly a sight. They buzz around a warehouse like honeybees in a hive, stopping at shelves, interacting with humans, and navigating the narrow rows of shelving with their sensors. They work in tandem with their human co-workers, communicating through their touchscreens. Locus Robotics is a Wilmington-based robotics company that sells robots to warehouses …Read More