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ABB Robotics has enhanced its logistics automation portfolio with the launch of the Robotic Item Picker – an AI and vision-based system that can detect and pick items in unstructured environments in warehouses and fulfillment centers.
Using machine vision and artificial intelligence, Item Picker determines the optimal grasp points for each item before the suction gripper picks up and places the item into designated bins. The system does not require any human supervision or information about the physical attributes of the items it picks. With a picking rate of up to 1,400 items per hour, businesses can handle more orders without increasing headcount or time, ABB said.
Featuring a robot, suction grippers, and proprietary machine vision software, the Item Picker fully automates complex picking and placing tasks of a range of items including cuboids, cylinders, pouches, boxes, polybags, and blister packs, which otherwise require the dexterity and flexibility of humans.
Suitable for various loads and applications, the Robotic Item Picker can be fitted to one of three ABB robots – the IRB1200, IRB 1300, and IRB 2600. With a payload of up to 3kg and a reach of up to 1.65 meters.
“The explosion of e-commerce, changing consumer demands, and global labor shortages are driving the need for flexible automated solutions that make order fulfillment and distribution faster and more efficient,” said Daniel Navarro, managing director of Consumer Segments and Service Robotics at ABB Robotics. “With its ability to learn and adapt in constantly changing warehouse environments, our AI-enabled Robotic Item Picker sees items and decides how to pick them, at speed with more than 99.5% efficiency, helping businesses overcome these challenges and build resilience.”
Already pre-configured and tested, the Item Picker can reduce engineering efforts and accelerates time-to-market by integrating into existing automated storage and retrieval solutions, such as shuttle, cubic and 3D storage solutions.
The Item Picker is controlled by software that integrates all parts of the system, and interacts with other peripheral equipment, enabling customers and partners to add components and other functionalities easily. ABB also offers a suite of services for the entire package, including service agreements, online training, preventive maintenance, and technical online support.
David Enslin says
The Item Picker timing couldn’t arrive sooner.
We come across some problems like these in industry, particularly end of line CDMO CMO Pharma cartoning where a QC inspection is required after the flow wrapper.
We have awkward picking on fine radius syringes & epi-pens where the retort is very high and you can only vacuum pick on an edge.
For food we have some problems like these as well, the limitations for us is the eoat.. the gripper sometimes has to handle something sticky, like fresh dough or bacon or syrup cherries.
If we can overcome the limitations of the gripper, we can achieve almost anything.