Over 220,000 visitors attended this year’s Hannover Messe, the largest industrial trade show in the world. Swisslog exhibited with KUKA, presenting its jointly developed Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) concept named ‘Automated Item Pick’.
Under the ‘Industry 4.0’ technology concept, the Automated Item Pick workstation promises ground-breaking performance boosts for both picking operations and the supply of industrial assembly lines.
Developed for industrial applications, the concept combines two automated storage and picking systems from Swisslog, CarryPick and AutoStore, with KUKA’s collaborative lightweight robot, LBR iiwa, to create what they claim to be the first-ever interactive human-robot picking station.
One of the first tangible implementations of the ‘Industry 4.0’ concept, the Automated Item Pick workstation allowed visitors to the KUKA and Swisslog booth to experience ultra-fast error-free picking. Innovative image processing technologies are used to allow humans and machines to work together seamlessly and without cumbersome protective barriers.
For Swisslog, the Automated Item Pick workstation is an intelligent enhancement of its Click&Pick portfolio, a modular warehouse logistics concept that offers flexible scalability as well as high throughput for storing and picking light goods. At Hannover Messe, KUKA’s lightweight robot LBR iiwa, which realistically emulates human hand movements with its seven-grip axis, celebrated its successful entrance into the world of warehouse logistics.
“Automated Item Pick is the first major milestone of our emerging cooperation with KUKA,” says Peter Hettich, CEO of Swisslog.“The feedback we’ve received from visitors at the Hannover Messe has been consistently positive. For us, this is confirmation that Swisslog and KUKA have set out on the right path toward developing intelligent and innovative technologies for warehouse logistics.”