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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

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

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.

What is the business case for cobots in the supply chain?

Source: Supply Chain Dive / by Edwin Lopez In Influencers Roundtable, we bring together voices from consulting firms to share how they perceive various emerging technologies. The answers below have been edited for clarity and length. No talk of automation is complete without a mention of its apparent nemesis: labor. “We believe new productivity enhancing tools from accounting box, legal system analytics and predictive AI etc. will allow us to …Read More

Yale’s Robot Hand Copies How Your Fingers Work to Improve Object Manipulation

Source: IEEE Spectrum / by Evan Ackerman These robotic fingers can turn friction on and off to make it easier to manipulate objects with one hand In-hand manipulation is one of the things near the top of a very, very, verylong list of things that humans do without thinking that are extraordinarily difficult for robots. It’s the act of repositioning an object with one hand, usually with your fingers—you do it whenever you …Read More