Russian logistics event sees growth in exhibition space and visitor participation

 

CeMAT Russia, one of the country’s leading trade shows for materials handling, warehousing equipment and logistics, featured 180 companies from 20 countries during its recent run at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre in Moscow.

Display area totalled 8,000 square meters, a 25 percent increase compared to the 2016 show.

Exhibiting companies presented products ranging from cranes, forklifts and packaging systems to conveyors, hoisting devices and logistics IT.  Continue reading Russian logistics event sees growth in exhibition space and visitor participation

DHL tests PostBot autonomous vehicle for postal deliveries

 

DHL, the world’s largest logistics company, has unveiled an autonomous vehicle designed to carry letters and parcels and follow around the postal worker as he or she delivers mail items from door to door.

The robotic parcel carrier – called PostBot – could move along in tandem with the worker, saving time overall and energy on the part of the human.

DHL selected the a town called Bad Hersfeld to test the self-propelled electric robot. Bad Hersfeld is said to be a “smart city”.  Continue reading DHL tests PostBot autonomous vehicle for postal deliveries

General Motors reveals autonomous electric mobile platform

 

General Motors has unveiled a new type of vehicle which the company says is flexible, autonomous and is powered by fuel cell technology – or electric. 

GM says the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure – Surus, for short – delivers highly mobile autonomous capability and agility in unpredictable terrain.

This would make it suitable for military use, which is what GM is aiming at. But it could also find applications in the commercial logistics industry, another market GM has listed where Surus could find work. Continue reading General Motors reveals autonomous electric mobile platform

Kinova Robotics launches beta version of Movo mobile robot

 

Kinova Robotics is set to offer consumers a new product line with the beta launch of Movo, a mobile manipulation platform designed to aid in the research and experimentation of mobile robotics.

Movo has been fully designed and developed using the Robot Operating System, along with MoveIt! and Gazebo, and offers an application programming interface that will provide researchers the most advanced functionality in all areas of robotics.

The new, feature-rich platform benefits from the low weight, low energy demand and compactness of Kinova’s world-renowned manipulators, combined with a powerful omnidirectional mobile system and fully integrated navigational system.  Continue reading Kinova Robotics launches beta version of Movo mobile robot

Comau unveils logistics robot

 

Comau has launched a new logistics robot which looks similar to the growing number of autonomous platforms currently making their way into warehouses the world over. 

Comau’s machine is called Agile 1500, and the company says it is the first model within the Comau automated guided vehicles platform.

Comau says the Agile 1500 is based on the company’s “open automation” design approach.  Continue reading Comau unveils logistics robot

IAM Robotics awarded patent for warehouse robot

 

IAM Robotics, a Pittsburgh startup that develops and sells autonomous material handling robots, has been awarded what the company says is a “key patent” relating to its robotics technology for logistics.

The patent will be issued on October 10, 2017 as US Patent No. 9,785,911.

IAM says the patent specifies “a system and method for piece-picking or put-away with a mobile manipulation robot”.  Continue reading IAM Robotics awarded patent for warehouse robot

ThyssenKrupp tests TeleRetail robots for elevator maintenance logistics

 

ThyssenKrupp is testing delivery robots as part of a research project.

The company’s huge elevator business division is evaluating TeleRetail delivery robots to make elevator maintenance safer and more efficient.

The robots were displayed from at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, where ThyssenKrupp participated as an application partner of TeleRetail.  Continue reading ThyssenKrupp tests TeleRetail robots for elevator maintenance logistics

Alibaba to invest $15 billion into robotic logistics infrastructure

 

Alibaba is planning to invest $15 billion into developing a robotic logistics infrastructure, according to the Wall Street Journal

Alibaba is said to be the world’s largest e-commerce company, mainly concentrating on the business-to-business sector rather than retail, but until now, it has relied on outside companies to provide its logistics.

Now, the company has invested an additional $801 million to buy a controlling stake in Cainiao Smart Logistics.  Continue reading Alibaba to invest $15 billion into robotic logistics infrastructure

Yusen Logistics launches robotic, automated warehouse featuring Swisslog technology

 

Yusen Logistics Singapore has unveiled a new robotic, automated warehouse featuring Swisslog AutoStore automated storage and order picking system.

The Asian logistics giant has also broken ground to expand the facility to include a new warehouse.  Continue reading Yusen Logistics launches robotic, automated warehouse featuring Swisslog technology

Mitsubishi might invest $20 million in GreyOrange Robotics

 

Mitsubishi Electric is reportedly planning to invest almost $20 million into GreyOrange Robotics.

GreyOrange is a startup company developing robotics and automation systems for the logistics industry, particularly warehouse automation systems integrating robots, and has been growing fast, according to a story on EconomicTimes.com.

The investment would lead to a valuation for GreyOrange of an amount between $300 million and $500 million.  Continue reading Mitsubishi might invest $20 million in GreyOrange Robotics

Kuka launches autonomous mobile robot for logistics

Kuka has launched an autonomous logistics robot in the form of a mobile platform which are by now quite familiar in the logistics industry. 

The robot maker says its Kuka KMP 1500 navigates using the SLAM method, which stands for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, utilising laser scanners.

It adds that the robot is highly flexible, and features precise maneuverability and positioning using the omni-directional mecanum wheels and an accurate lifting mechanism.  Continue reading Kuka launches autonomous mobile robot for logistics

Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots

Panasonic has developed a 3D lidar – light detection and radar – sensor that it says accurately measures the direction of and distance to objects with a wide angle of view, which is critical for autonomous operation of mobile robots.

Employing Panasonic’s propriety laser-scanning technology, the 3D lidar is capable of scanning the laser as wide as up to 60 degrees vertically and 270 degrees horizontally to achieve stable operation of autonomous robots.

Sample shipments will start in January 2018, and Panasonic will exhibit the 3D lidar at Ceatec Japan event, from October 3 to 6, 2017.  Continue reading Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots

Amazon to open logistics facility in New York

Amazon, the online retail giant with a growing range of business units, one of which is Amazon Robotics, is opening a new logistics facility in New York.

The Staten Island warehouse will create 2,250 new jobs for humans but it’s not clear how many robots Amazon will integrate into the facility.

So far, Amazon is said to have manufactured 100,000 logistics robots, which are small autonomous vehicles used to move boxes and shelf units around.  Continue reading Amazon to open logistics facility in New York

‘World’s first’ fully automated port terminal opens in Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne is the site of what is said to be the world’s first fully automated container handling terminal.

The system was developed and delivered by Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Navis, part of Kalmar Business Area within Cargotec.

The automation solution is called OneTerminal, and was supplied to International Container Terminal Services Incorporated at the Port of Melbourne, Australia.  Continue reading ‘World’s first’ fully automated port terminal opens in Melbourne

Canvas Technology launches ‘world’s first self-driving carts’ for factories and warehouses

A company called Canvas Technology has launched what it claims is the world’s first​ self-driving​ ​industrial​ ​cart.

The company says the logistics robot brings driverless​ vehicles​ ​to​ workplaces​ “long​ before​ self-driving​ vehicles​ hit​ street”.

Canvas says its carts are also the first self-driving vehicles to use 3D vision to map and navigate dynamic indoor workplaces.  Continue reading Canvas Technology launches ‘world’s first self-driving carts’ for factories and warehouses