Large European Supermarket leverages 3D Machine Systems
Many companies today who have been around long enough to witness the sluggish innovation in automated robotics are now turning to 3D Machine Vision Systems to help catapult them passed their competitors. Ocado Technology, a subdivision of the European supermarket giant Ocado has been working on a 3D Vision System to better sort, pick, and place it’s products.
As mentioned in the article at IMVEurope.com:
"Our new solution is conceptually simple in its design when you compare it to the scale of the task it has been built for,’ Ocado continued. ‘In order for this process to run smoothly, the algorithm controlling the robot needed to have an understanding of where the crates were located and of the optimal grasp points of the items within the crate. This may sound simple, but developing the robot’s understanding of its surroundings is very challenging. We could have embarked on a mission to model every single item in our catalogue, but we knew there must be a quicker and more efficient method."
"The fact we found a way to bypass modelling our stock keeping units also meant that we could pick a greater range of items than many industrial picking systems. All in all, the system is streamlined and flexible, and our robotics team are very proud of the progress they have made so far."
Just as Ocado is finding out, the future of robotics is headed in the direction of perception. Being able to provide 3D Vision Systems to an automated workforce is the key to staying ahead of the competition.
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