Two high-tech American companies, Osaro and Fanuc, are collaborating to apply machine-learning technology to identify and pick objects in warehousing and e-commerce fulfillment environments.
As part of the collaboration, the two firms have installed a piece-picking demonstration robot at Fanuc’s innovation centre in Rochester Hills in Michigan.
The technical and commercial partnership teams Fanuc’s line of pick-and-place robots with Osaro’s SightWorks vision software, which enables robots to see, perceive, grasp and perform tasks previously done only by humans in the e-commerce fulfillment process.
“Our AI-driven SightWorks vision software and associated technologies provide the foundation for all of our warehouse solutions and is available to strategic partners, including Fanuc’s ASI (authorised system integrators) network of robot integrators, to build the custom applications and control technologies required to identify, pick and place any object,” says Osaro chief executive officer Derik Pridmore.
“By collaborating on engineering and business development, Fanuc and Osaro will be able to deliver the industry’s most advanced robotic automation solutions across the e-commerce fulfillment centre, from incoming inventory depalletising to outbound kitting and bagging.
“We look forward to expanding the market in collaboration with Fanuc’s experienced team.”
Fanuc, which developed its first robot in 1974, this month celebrated the production of its one millionth industrial robot.
James Cooper, general manager of Fanuc’s ASI, certified education and regional Offices says: “E-commerce growth is driving the increased adoption of robotics and automation.
“Our collaboration with OSARO enables us to showcase the latest automation technologies for fulfillment operations. We look forward to working together with Osaro and our ASIs to help customers in the warehousing sector achieve their production goals.”