What’s New in Robotics? 10.09.2021



Information briefs for the week check out Booktopia’s warehouse bots, Omron’s OMM at Pack Expo, Schnuck’s chain-wide stock workforce, pipetting biolab robots, cobots & AI reconstruct rubble from Pompeii, plus LionsBot’s new technique to “workforce” clear.


booktopia's warehouse robots

Booktopia’s warehouse robots enhance effectivity and stock area

Booktopia, Australia’s largest on-line guide retailer ($123 million annual income) has deployed Shenzhen-based HAI Robotics’ HAIPICK robots to deal with packing and to dispatch orders at its distribution heart (150,000 sq. ft).

Mobile robot being used in warehousesThe 17-year-old bookseller is a rise of 25 p.c in stock and quicker decide and supply occasions for its $3.3 million funding in HAI Robotics’ case-to-person piece-picking system.

“The know-how, which went stay in November, will allow Booktopia to ultimately enhance its distribution capability from 30,000 books a day to 60,000 and make the most of the shift to on-line guide shopping for, which accelerated through the pandemic,” reported The Australian Monetary Evaluate.

The HAI Robotics’ answer differs from a regular autonomous cellular robotic (AMR) answer “in that the robots use a telescopic fork that stretches 13 ft excessive. This offers the robots the power to hold cartons in addition to particular person totes and to deliver a number of instances to pickers or conveyors in a single motion” (see video).

Richie Chen, founder & CEO of HAI Robotics (2015), says his firm has deployed what he calls “Subsequent-Gen Warehouse Automation” techniques to just about 200 clients.


Third time’s the appeal for Omron at Pack Expo 2021

Omron has been working laborious getting its TM cobot arm atop a cellular robotic. Twice earlier than at Pack Expo, Omron confirmed off a cobot atop what seemed like a steamer trunk (2018), then switched out the arm for its newly launched TM cobot (2019), and now for 2021, omron mobile robotOmron’s lastly received a modern, new, useful pairing of its TM arm aboard its LD autonomous cellular robotic (AMR). Omron tabs the brand new duo because it’s Omron Cellular Manipulator.

With cobot arms going cellular in a rush lately, there’s an enormous e-commerce and normal provide chain want for them that has distributors scrambling. Omron is within the sport with a high quality cellular duo (see video). There’s even an LD AMR (with out the TM arm) tricked out as a Robotic Greeter at this yr’s Pack Expo’s Robotics Zone.

Plainly Omron’s timing couldn’t be higher. In keeping with Transparency Market Analysis, “The cellular cobots market [cobot arm plus AMR], which is present process the preliminary stage of its growth…is projected to achieve a worth of $4.4 billion by 2026 up from $336 million in 2017.”


Grocer’s world first: Full-time stock robots!

It’s occurred to most of us at one time or one other: a fast journey to the grocery store for just some objects is marred once we discover many or most are disappointingly out of inventory. Particularly those you actually wished and wanted. Rattling!

Inventory robots being used in supermarketsAppears people aren’t excellent at conserving out-of-stock objects at all times replenished. KPMG’s Eugene Kublanov, a marketing consultant in procurement and enterprise providers remarks: “Shops now depend on hourly staff to handle and observe stock. The work is tedious and infrequently results in errors.”

Out-of-stock objects are shockingly costly: IHL Group places the worldwide tab for out-of-stock objects at $1 trillion yearly.

Enter, stock robots.

The Schnuck’s grocery chain, after experimenting with Simbe Robotics’ Tally since 2018, is taking the stock robots on full time.  “Schnuck Markets, Inc. introduced an industry-first chainwide enlargement with Simbe Robotics to additional elevate the grocery store’s enterprise operations and buyer expertise.

“Constructing on earlier profitable expansions, the multi-year, full-scale roll-out will deliver Tally robots to all 111 Schnucks areas throughout the U.S., making Schnuck Markets the first grocer on the planet to make the most of AI-powered stock administration know-how at scale.” 


Cobot & AI to piece collectively historical historical past

Roman mosaics and frescoes from Pompeii, crushed into rubble by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD, will quickly be pieced collectively by a cobot and AI/ML

Roman mosaics and frescoes from Pompeii, crushed into rubble by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD, will soon be pieced together by a cobot and AI/MLAn EU-funded undertaking titled RePAIR, Reconstructing the Previous: Synthetic Intelligence and Robotics, will probably be skilled to jigsaw-puzzle again collectively once more tens of 1000’s of small fragments heretofore deemed too small, too advanced and too time-consuming for people.

Machines geared up with robotic arms are in a position to scan archaeological fragments, create a 3D digital mannequin and set up the 1000’s of items into place.

The preliminary, funded experiment will first restore ceiling frescoes from Pompeii’s Home of the Painters at Work, “which weren’t solely broken by the ash and pyroclastic movement from Vesuvius but in addition bombed throughout World Conflict II.”

If profitable, the cobot & AI/ML duo may have launched a brand new {industry} of restoration that might effectively be put to piecing collectively, not solely historical archeological websites, however any undertaking the place complexity and time are prohibitive for human intervention.

New finest pal in bio labs: Pipetting robotic

Pharma and med techs know firsthand all of the drudgery there may be to working in a bio laboratory. Prime of their drudgery checklist: Pipetting!

“It’s estimated that half of medical lab technicians perform the identical arm actions for no less than 1 / 4 of their working day. Robots being used in medical labsHandbook pipetting is a big a part of liquid dealing with in any laboratory, and it brings hours of repetitive work in fastened positions. This could outcome in bodily pressure to the shoulders, arms and fingers.”

As well as, research have proven that poor or no coaching for pipette customers is accountable for about 70 p.c of all pipetting errors.

So, if lab techs dislike pipetting, and if pipetting creates bodily pressure and is accountable for lab errors, then why not get a robotic to do the work? Sadly, till now, there wasn’t such a robotic accessible wherever.

Because of Denmark-based Stream Robotics, lab techs have a brand new finest pal: The flowbot ONE.

The flowbot ONE automated liquid dealing with robots doesn’t require superior programming abilities so nearly anybody can arrange a process. The robotic additionally has the power to combine to gadgets positioned on the deck or exterior to the system. It additionally helps the import and export of information.

First-ever cleansing robots that work as a workforce

Professor Mohan Rajesh Elara, a robotics/AI professional from the Singapore College, along with “Singaporean entrepreneurs: Dylan First-ever cleaning robots that work as a teamNg and Michelle Seow, the husband-and-wife workforce behind Singapore’s main cleansing tools and chemical substances provider, SuperSteam Asia Pacific,” co-founded LionsBot in 2018, and now have launched the LeoBots line of business cleansing robots.

Right now, simply three brief years later, the LeoBot line has grown to 5: LeoScrub, LeoVac, LeoMop, LeoRay (COVID ultraviolet bot), and LeoPull (see video that reveals every in motion).

Not like different automated cleansing merchandiseLionsbot robots function both as standalone models or alternatively in fully-coordinated, fully-autonomous groups for enhanced productiveness and improved cleansing outcomes.

“Total ‘robo-teams’ might be deployed to designated areas to scrub in unison and with minimal human intervention. To optimize cleansing plans, LionsBot robots collaborate with one another utilizing AI and large information analytics.

“Day-to-day operations are solely managed and coordinated from the Cloud. Recharging, rinsing, refilling, service and upkeep are achieved by way of space-saving docking stations and distant service modules.”

LionsBot should be doing one thing proper: the LeoBots line was awarded the celebrated Amsterdam Innovation Award in 2020, the primary Asian firm to win this coveted prize.