The Pick Accelerator, which achieves top performance thanks to the ivOS Pick-and-Pack solution kit, exemplifies what this can look like. This year’s LogiMAT will feature the system for the first time.
Flexibility and speed with the Pick Accelerator
The Pick Accelerator manages 2,700 picks per hour under the guidance of the Schmalz Solution Kit ivOS Pick-and-Pack.
Schmalz lifts bin picking to a new level. In order to perfect the interaction between gripper, robot, camera and picking software, the handling experts have developed the Schmalz Solution Kit, whose highlight is the open operating system ivOS. With the kit, suppliers of robotic cells – be they machine builders or integrators – receive a plug-and-work capable technology solution that is quickly integrated into any bin-picking application.
At the same time, the system is so flexible and open that automation engineers can still adapt it to customer-specific requirements at any time. The complete engineering package supplied supports them in this – it includes all CAD data, circuit diagrams, technical designs and much more.
In addition, gripping technology, 3D vision sensors and a specific software configuration are part of the solution kit on request. Likewise, by integrating various interfaces, Schmalz enables communication to warehouse management systems and to various protocols, for example, to exchange data in real time. The idea behind the Solution Kit is not limited to one application scenario. In addition to the bin picking application, Schmalz is working on other picking variants.
2,700 picks per hour
Schmalz shows how the bundle can work with its Pick Accelerator. Schmalz developed a pilot application as the first use case. The Körber technology group integrated this robotic cell into the existing logistics at Schmalz’s own headquarters.
In it, two robots manage 2,700 picks per hour – that’s picking at record speed. The robots work simultaneously and can change grippers within a second, depending on whether boxes, vials or bags are to be handled. Two 3D cameras look into the box after each pick, and the picking software analyzes this input, calculates and controls the next gripper. For the best pick, the system has several gripper algorithms available in parallel. The energy supply system is integrated into the gripper, which reaches into every corner of the crate with its five axes. As important as the individual components are, the dynamic interaction and flexibility is only made possible by the Schmalz Solution Kit ivOS Pick-and-Pack – through the unique interaction of innovative gripping technology, modern 3D sensor technology and the latest algorithms for determining the gripping point.
For the first use case, Schmalz relied on the expertise of Körber’s supply chain experts. Together with Schmalz, they implemented the conveyor connection of the robotic pick-and-pack cell to the existing logistics system and the integration of the cell into the material flow control software for the pilot application. This makes Körber the first integrator to successfully install the ivOS Pick-and-Pack Solution Kit. Körber will continue to work closely with Schmalz as a sales and integration partner for bin-picking applications.