An Industrial Solution to Automated Item Picking
Item picking is one of the most challenging functions in warehousing when it comes to automation. This chapter describes a solution for this challenge that serves as a benchmark for further research in enabling technologies. It appears that with the off-the-shelf technologies, SIFT-based item recognition, suction gripping, gantry robots, and service-based process control, a workstation can be constructed that covers almost two thirds of the required pick actions. The main class of items that cannot be picked consists of items without a flat surface or without sufficient visual features. These omissions are the starting points for alternative solutions researched in Chaps. 9– 12.
KeywordsLanding Zone Order Picking Order Line Product Container Gantry Robot
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