First Warehouse Worker Robot Walks Off The Assembly Line

SecondHands project is presenting the first prototype of its collaborative robot (cobot), which will act as the main platform for testing and developing new technologies related to the maintenance and repair of automation equipment in Ocado’s highly automated warehouses. Ocado is a UK-based company and is considered to be the world's largest online-only supermarket, delivering over 260,000 customer orders per week using a network of automated facilities called Customer Fulfilment Centers (CFCs). 

SecondHands is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project aiming to design a cobot that can proactively offer support to maintenance technicians working in Ocado’s CFCs. This robot will be a second pair of hands that will assist technicians when they need help. The robot will learn through observation and will augment the humans' capabilities by completing tasks that require a level of precision or physical strength that are not available to human workers.

 

Sponsored by Digi-Key

Analog Devices ADIS16500/05/07 Precision Miniature MEMS IMU Available Now from Digi-Key

The Analog Devices’ ADI ADIS16500/05/07 precision miniature MEMS IMU includes a triaxial gyroscope and a triaxial accelerometer. Each inertial sensor in the MEMS IMU combines with signal conditioning that optimizes dynamic performance.

The SecondHands project combines the skills of world class researchers focusing on a real-world industrial use case to deliver:

  • the design of a new robotic assistant
  • a knowledge base to facilitate proactive help
  • a high degree of human-robot interaction
  • advanced perception skills to function in a highly dynamic industrial environment  

Together with its research partners École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Sapienza Università di Roma, and University College London (UCL), Ocado Technology is working to advance the technology readiness of areas such as computer vision and cognition, human-robot interaction, mechatronics, and perception and ultimately demonstrate how versatile and productive human-robot collaboration can be in practice.

 

For more details, visit the SecondHands project, Ocado, and/or catch an insightful video demo.

Suggested Articles

Protests after George Floyd’s death make one researcher “a little bit hopeful,” given how tech giants hired more Blacks following 1960s protests

Omdia forecast shows AI software declining by 22% because of the pandemic impact on industries like oil and gas

Tests in Germany showed reliability of Cellular Vehicle to Everything, connecting cars to each other and streetlights