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Universal Robots brings record-setting platform and cobot-powered fulfillment solutions to Modex 2020

March 4, 2020
The company plans to show off how cobots can automate hard-to-staff palletizing and piece-picking tasks with new applications from its partners

Universal Robots (UR) have announced its plans to show attendees at North America’s largest supply chain expo Modex how cobots can automate hard-to-staff palletizing and piece-picking tasks with new applications from partners MDCI Automation, RightHand Robotics and Cross Automation.

According to UR, there is now more warehousing space being built in the U.S. than projected warehousing jobs required to fill that space. Also, a recent Materials Handling Institute survey found that robotics and automation were the technologies suppliers thought would yield the greatest boost to productivity.

“Numerous factors propel the emergence of collaborative robots in the supply chain industry,” said Joe Campbell, senior manager of applications development with UR. "This is a quickly evolving industry where fulfillment centers now have a need for robotic piece-picking processes that support a wide range of products and high throughput for the growing number of small-sized orders." Campbell will speaks on the topic in his presentation “Collaborative Robots: Re-Shaping Manufacturing, Packaging and Distribution” at the show Monday, March 9.

 At Modex booth 1007 from March 9-12 in Atlanta, Universal Robots will showcase its collaborative robot arms in new applications.

The UR booth will be the first public display of the Quick Deployment Kit (QDK) a collaborative, accurate and scalable solution for parcel induction, case packing, and goods-to-person tasks developed by MDCI Automation, a Universal Robots Certified Systems Integrator in partnership with Plus One Robotics. Utilizing a vision engine powered by PlusOne’s PickOne Software and Universal Robots’ UR10e cobot arm, the QDK identifies the pick points for items in a pick zone and sends the points to the UR cobot that picks and places each item onto a place zone/conveyor. The QDK can keep up with fast-moving conveyor speed and is able to “earn to pick targets via human assistance through a remote alerting technology. MDCI Automation integrated a UR+ certified gripper from Soft Robotics and cell equipment from UR+ partner Vention in the QDK.

UR’s Modex booth is also the launch pad for Cross Company’s new Cross Palletron, a solution that utilizes the UR10e cobot to create a fully collaborative and mobile palletizer and de-palletizer. Cross’ software eliminates the need for robotic programming and makes redeploying the palletizer for a different production line or package size quicker. The Cross Palletron aims to keep workers from doing repetitive bending and lifting tasks that can lead to workplace injuries.

RightHand Robotics’ UR-powered solution took set a world record of piece-picks delivered at a tradeshow during Modex's 2018 iteration. The solution successfully picked and placed 131,072 items over the course of the three-day show. This year brings RightHand Robotics’ new MHI Innovation Award-winning RightPick2 platform showcased at the company’s Modex booth 9826 featuring an intelligent gripper, a vision system, control software and a UR5e cobot. The RightPick platform has successfully completed millions of picks autonomously across numerous industries, including e-commerce, retail, pharmaceuticals and grocery.

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