Mr Brantner, you say that robots could replace people in certain areas of warehousing and order-picking, even today. Which areas are those?
For example, in the packaged goods warehouses of fulfilment centres or book dispatch units. Our mobile order-picking robot TORU will, for example, have its first assignment in a book storage facility where it will carry out storage and retrieval for individual orders independently alongside humans. It will receive its picking order from the goods management system via WLAN, navigate its way to the shelf independently, locate and pinpoint the desired book in the shelf compartment using its camera system, grab it and then bring it to the dispatch station. The next step will involve making this possible with cardboard boxes, shoeboxes or crates, and also facilitating its use in production lines.
Can intralogistics workflows function in the long term without people?
For certain warehouses, the majority of workflows are sure to be automated over the course of the next five to ten years, but whether this will take place completely independent of humans remains dubious. In the mid- to long-term the pick-by-robot system will, however, replace existing assistance systems. These systems, like pick-by-vision or pick-by-voice, are increasingly predetermining the work cycle for employees, and limit human work to the gripping process alone. Our order-picking robot TORU will work together with people in the same warehouse facility and take on those tasks which are especially unergonomic for humans: e.g. long walking distances and reaching into the bottom-most and top-most shelf compartments.
What will you be exhibiting at your CeMAT stand?
We will be showcasing the latest version of our order-picking robot TORU at CeMAT. In a live demo at our exhibition stand, TORU Cube will show how it identifies and grabs objects in a shelving system, temporarily stores these in a shelf which is tows along before then bringing them to the dispatch station. At a testing unit visitors can also try out the camera systems on a diverse range of objects and thereby experience the object detection process themselves.
Magazino GmbH, headquartered in Munich, was founded in 2014 by Frederik Brantner, Lukas Zanger and Nikolas Engelhard. The aim is to incorporate warehouse systems into Industry 4.0 and connect them to the Internet of Things. The start-up has now grown to more than 35 members of staff and develops/constructs cognition-controlled mobile robots for intralogistics. Magazino technology facilities the precise surveying and recognition of objects using 2D/3D cameras as well as a secure grasp on the induvial product. Sup-ported by high-performance IT, a tailored algorithm optimises the necessary space for storage.