With so many downsides to manual depalletization, automation would seem like an obvious solution. Until recently, however, mixed-SKU pallets have been particularly challenging for robots to handle.
The job doesn’t sound like rocket science. Pallets arrive with a virtually random assortment of items or SKUs, each potentially positioned, oriented and labeled in a different way. All you have to do is pick up each item and put it onto a conveyor. But while humans can easily deal with unstructured and ever-changing tasks like this, robot programming has taken a while to catch up. As a result, most automated depalletizing solutions to date have only been practical for operations that handle consistently sized cases and load conﬁgurations. These have typically required specialized expertise or costly third-party solutions to integrate, and often suffered from limited aftermarket support.
All of these limitations, however, have been overcome by major improvements in three key technologies:
• Signiﬁcant advances in vision and perception
• Development of sophisticated machine learning
• Innovations in gripping technology
This podcast will highlight the significant benefits these solutions have to offer modern DCs and other fulfillment operations. It will also examine the increasingly attractive business case for doing so.
You can also learn more about this topic by downloading a white paper on this subject at: https://sps.honeywell.com/us/en/support/automation/resources/whitepapers/overcome-manual-depalletizing-challenges
What is On The Move Podcast Series?
The On The Move Podcast is a production of Honeywell Intelligrated, a material handling automation and software engineering company. The material handling industry has undergone significant changes over the last few years. Throughout this time, we’ve leveraged our On The Move platform to address and discuss numerous technologies and trends that have emerged from this evolution. From digital transformation and labor shortages to the increased adoption of automation and robotics to the rise of dark stores and micro-fulfillment centers, we have covered a wide range of topics to help you stay informed and hopefully outpace your competition.