Universal Robotics is uniquely qualified to provide intelligent flexible automation applications. Due to unanticipated variation in object orientation and random location, automated flexible solutions require 3D sensing, reactive control and spatial intelligence. These three requirements – sensing, control, and intelligence – form the three software product families underlying Universal’s applications: Spatial Vision, Autonomy, and Neocortex. Universal Robotics develops applications that react and adapt to their surroundings, and perform tasks that are costly, dangerous or difficult for humans to undertake.
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that transportation and warehousing has the highest non-fatal occupational injury rate of all sectors. Overexertion injuries are the biggest cause of this injury incident rate. To mitigate these risks in a cost effective way, Universal targets robotic applications such as unlimited depalletization/box moving, random bin picking, and random bag picking.
Inbound logistics specialists purchase, coordinate, and move materials, parts, and finished inventory from suppliers to plants, warehouses, distribution centers and stores. These workers unload trucks often piled high with boxes of various sizes, and depalletize partial or full pallets with mixed cases. Most retail businesses unload 10 to 30 boxes or cases per minute. Maximum weight of such boxes is typically 60 – 75 lbs (34 kg). Universal’s logistics software applications integrate just the right sensor suites and robot from our partners to provide a robotic solution that identifies and moves up to 30 random cases per minute weighing up to 75 pounds each.
Identifying complex parts randomly placed in a bin is a specialty of Universal Robotics. With the introduction of the Random Bin Picking application, Universal delivers high-resolution real time 3D using sensors from partners with resolution down to 0.25mm, including identifying highly reflective or black objects. Random bin picking is often combined with part inspection prior to placing the part in the next step of the process.
Universal Robotics 3D Inspection application delivers 3D accuracy up to +/- 0.5mm using just the right mix of sensors – whether cameras, state-of-the-art structured light sensors, lasers, infrared signals, time of flight, or other devices. Through high-speed parallel processing, Universal delivers speeds up to 10X traditional methods for combining inspection with a robotic pick and place for large parts or spaces up to 2,000mm in any direction. It can inspect a wide range of fixed or deformable objects, either clear or reflective, as well as deliver qualitative assessments of surfaces such as wood.
Universal Robotics brings expertise to enable identifying a wide range of deformable bags. Universal’s patent pending technology found in the Random Bag Picking application enables object recognition of highly reflective bags with or without labels, including partially filled clear bags. Whether the bags are black, white, Mylar or clear, this Random Bag Picker can locate the bag for real-time robot vision guidance.
Universal Robotics Unlimited Box Moving and Unlimited Depalletizing Applications are the industry’s first applications to handle multiple cases or boxes in any random orientation. These applications use a combination of Microsoft Kinect structured light sensor with two pairs of USB cameras for robust identification of any box size from 12″ x 12″ x 6″ up to 48″ x 48″ x 48″. These applications easily handle a box with a wide variety of different shipping or SKU labels, making it ideal for handling the variety found in a distribution center. The Unlimited Depalletizing Application is the industry’s first to handle any SKU, even those never seen before, in any position regardless of the number of labels or color of box.