MAKING INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS INTELLIGENT TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY
A controller developed by a Japanese company is rewriting the conventional norms about industrial robots and transforming distribution sites. Industrial robots have required a vast amount of programming and have cost a lot of time and money for system installation. Their installation has been particularly challenging in the distribution and logistics industry due to the difficulty in sorting a diverse and wide array of items efficiently. The new controller in this video has solved these problems. The companies introducing the controller at their distribution sites have boosted productivity, giving people greater opportunities to engage in more creative tasks.
Industrial robots are an important means to increase productivity within a limited labor force.
However, installing picking robots in the distribution and logistics industry has been considered impossible since the robots need to handle a diverse and wide array of items.
But one Japanese company is overturning the conventional norms about industrial robots.
Conventional robots required programming, by which humans provide detailed instructions regarding the specific timing and the angles that each joint must move.
This task accounts for over 80% of the time and cost spent on installation.
However, the Intelligent Robot Controller allows robots to independently calculate the optimal trajectory from the start point to the final destination.
To handle a diverse array of items, a conventional robot had to be taught an astronomical number of tasks for each different object.
A robot made intelligent with this controller can start picking immediately after recognizing the product’s shape, pattern and design by itself.
This video was created in collaboration with Mujin, Inc.