Mecalux has introduced a collaborative robotic picking system based on Siemens’ SIMATIC Robot Pick AI technology, a vision software that employs deep learning algorithms to streamline picking in warehouses. With AI integrated into the programmable logic controller (SIMATIC S7-1500), the collaborative robot (cobot) performs order picking with total autonomy.
Mecalux has launched two collaborative picking solutions: a cobot programmed to safely share workspace with operators, and an automated system that works autonomously in high-performance pick stations.
The picking solution has been designed to operate 24/7 and execute up to 1,000 picks per hour. Cobots can handle a wide range of items, making this technology suitable for businesses from all sectors looking to optimize order processing. A camera positioned above the cobot’s picking box captures a 3D image of the goods to prepare the orders. Once the item has been selected, the cobot deposits it in the picking box with high precision.
Guided by Mecalux’s warehouse management software, the collaborative picking solution can change its gripping system automatically depending on the type of merchandise to be handled. Upon receiving a new box, Siemens’ vision system and AI algorithm identify the items inside and determine the most appropriate way to pick each product.