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Offline coppice

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Re: Insane Robotic Warehouse Automation
« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2019, 10:31:57 pm »
While the tech seems impressive, I don't understand how the robot takes individual items out of the basket? At one point the robot can be seen taking up entire basket up into itself, so what happens next?
I think that's when an entire order has been accumulated in the basket, and its being taken off to dispatch.
 
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Re: Insane Robotic Warehouse Automation
« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2019, 10:51:36 pm »
While the tech seems impressive, I don't understand how the robot takes individual items out of the basket? At one point the robot can be seen taking up entire basket up into itself, so what happens next?

Its either hand picked into plastic bags or taken to a packing station where its automated: https://internetofbusiness.com/ocado-robots-hands-packing-shopping/

I think this one is a fulfillment center (customer orders), but they can also do this process to restock retail outlets.
Every week you'd get an order from say "joes corner grocery", we need: 20x can pop, 50x cat food, 20x box rice, then you'd pack up those items and ship to their store via pallet or perhaps in these bins. I used to do this and everything was ultra low-tech, routing was entirely up to the picker, these robots would be much faster than me. Most of the time was spent moving from one end of the warehouse to the other.

 
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Re: Insane Robotic Warehouse Automation
« Reply #27 on: November 22, 2019, 11:34:56 pm »
This is one of SwissLog's "AutoStore" miniload systems, See a video here: and here:

SwisSlog seems to specialise in miniload systems, they have various different types, all moving and storing the small plastic totes.

The way these systems tend to work, is that the robot doesn't have anything to do with the contents of the tote, they just fetch a tote from the store and bring it to an operator, who picks items for a order from the tote, and the system takes it away again.

While very space efficient, the swisslog system shown, can only access a tote on the top of the stack - if you want one further down, then you have to "dig" for it, and put the ones on top, somewhere else, first. - Dig moves are "expensive" in any ASRS, so you try and store stock to avoid them.
 
The order picker has a conveyor in front of them carrying the boxes that they are placing items into, a screen tells them what item to take from the tote, and what box to put it into.
That is a so-called "Goods to Man" system, very common for small item picking.

Amazon recently bought Kiva systems that do similar system, where robots drive under sets of free standing shelves and take them to the order pickers.

Source: I used to work for one of SwissLog's competitors, they do large scale automated pallet stores, amongst other things.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2019, 11:37:03 pm by nosmoke »
 
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Re: Insane Robotic Warehouse Automation
« Reply #28 on: November 23, 2019, 07:16:28 am »
Oh, that makes much more sense.
Thanks
 

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Re: Insane Robotic Warehouse Automation
« Reply #29 on: November 26, 2019, 02:02:44 pm »
Coming to a warehouse near you...
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-ocado-coles-deal/ocado-teams-up-with-australias-coles-in-latest-partnership-deal-idUKKCN1R702B

Deals with Grocers such as Coles (Australia), Kroger (USA), Sobeys (Canada) and a few across Europe will see these warehouses all over the world!
list of clients here: https://www.ocadosolutions.com/
 

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Re: Insane Robotic Warehouse Automation
« Reply #30 on: November 26, 2019, 03:00:07 pm »
Nosmoke;
thanks for the insightful information.

The future has indeed arrived.

I am going to make a dumb question: In addition to unskilled laborers doing the few menial tasks that robots do not yet perform, what job opportunities exist in those warehouses?
Programmers?
Automation engineers?
Electronic Technicians?

Not for my benefit, but to provide advice to my grandsons.
 


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