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INDUSTRIAL GUEST POST: UHS scenario and the future of pick-and-place

Market situation: Logistics 4.0 The logistic market is changing rapidly and a transformation is taking place from B2B and B2C to C2B, where the customer is the driving force behind the activity. A radical change is occurring in value-added processes. It is the era of Logistics 4.0. In this context, ULMA has shown its capabilities during last years to develop fully automated solutions in the retailing sector. But there is …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

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

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

TECHNICAL GUEST POST: Object selection and detection (IK4-TEKNIKER)

Which approach are you using for object selection and detection within the PICK-PLACE project? Due to the large number of references that the system needs to be able to cope with, we are using a deep learning based approach for object identification, segmentation and grasping point selection. There are different steps involved in order to generate a deep learning model. First, a dataset with images of different objects needs to …Read More

Google Teaches Robot to Toss Bananas Better Than You Do

Source: Spectrum IEEE / By Evan Ackerman TossingBot, developed by Google and Princeton, can teach itself to throw arbitrary objects with better accuracy than most humans As anyone who’s ever tried to learn how to throw something properly can attest to, it takes a lot of practice to be able to get it right. Once you have it down, though, it makes you much more efficient at a variety of …Read More

Robots Getting a Grip on General Manipulation

Source: IEEE Spectrum (by Nikolaus Correll) How a new generation of grippers with improved 3D perception and tactile sensing is learning to manipulate a wide variety of objects While robots have prepared entire breakfasts since 1961, general manipulation in the real world is arguably an even more complex problem than autonomous driving. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly why, though. Closely watching the 1961 video suggests that a two-finger parallel gripper …Read More