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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

Better together: human and robot co-workers

Source: Science Daily More and more processes are being automated and digitised. Self-driving delivery vehicles, such as forklifts, are finding their way into many areas — and companies are reporting potential time and cost savings.

PICK-PLACE mid-project review meeting

Last week, members of the PICK-PLACE consortium gathered for a mid-proyect review meeting at the European Forum in Luxemburg. The meeting was attended by all partners (ULMA Handling Systems, IK4-TEKNIKER, Mondragon Assembly, CNR-STIIMA, Fraunhofer-IFF and TOFAS) as well as by project officer Irene Sardellitti and expert Norbert Kruger.

A third of supply chain pros use robotics, but cost and ROI remain barriers

Source: Supply Chain Dive / by Matt Leonard Dive Brief: About 32% of supply chain professionals say they are actively using robotics and automation, according to this year’s MHI Annual Industry Report. This number has gone relatively unchanged since 2016 when 35% of respondents said they were actively using robotics and automation, but anecdotal evidence and market value forecasts show warehouse robotics growing as companies seek labor savings at a time …Read More

TECHNICAL GUEST POST: Reactive grasping using tactile sensors (Fraunhofer-IFF)

Industrial bin-picking applications usually involve a vision system. These systems identify and localize the objects to be picked, and also often suggest an optimal picking strategy. In such situations, the robot moves from its original position to the defined grasp position of the object inside the bin (as defined by the vision system), grasps the object, and moves it to the final placing position. However this whole process raises some …Read More