29. January 2020
Munich, January 31, 2020 — The German robotics company Magazino presents a new software feature at the LogiMAT 2020 show. The mobile robot TORU is now able to pick individual items without master data on dimensions. With the new capability, TORU can pick and stow individual items, like shoe boxes, even if only incomplete or no master data (e.g. width, height and the length of an item) is available. The robot now determines this data itself and can also feed it back into the customer’s warehouse management system (WMS). The new software feature is part of the Advanced Cooperative Robot Operating System (ACROS).
Frequently, in e‑commerce warehouses there is incomplete or incorrect master data available for certain items, such as shoe boxes. Thus, the dimensions of a certain items are not exactly documented in the WMS. This is critical not only for optimal space utilization and the packaging process at the shipping station, but also for autonomous picking with mobile picking robots. The less a robot knows about its environment in advance, the greater the challenge to fulfill its order quick and reliable.
Against this background, Magazino has developed this new feature for its robot TORU: When picking shoe boxes, TORU combines the data of an additional sensor in the gripper with the various information from its 3D camera. This means that the robot can now automatically capture all dimensions (width, height, length/depth) of an article while grasping it. This not only enormously increases pick performance, robustness and process reliability for unknown articles – it also extends the robot’s possible range of tasks.
The newly acquired object data is not only used by the respective robot itself, it is also stored in a local cloud via ACROS. This means that the newly acquired master data can also be used by other robot colleagues in the fleet and, more importantly, can be sent back to the warehouse operator’s WMS via the cloud. This allows the operator to supplement his databases and complete incomplete or incorrect master data.
These new capabilities are part of the Advanced Cooperative Robot Operating System (ACROS). ACROS is one of the most comprehensive software stacks for autonomous robots and was developed by Magazino. ACROS functions as the operating system of the Magazino robots, which combines the individual software modules such as autonomous navigation, order management, image recognition, communication with the cloud and machine learning. ACROS is hardware-independent, already in use on different Magazino robots and can also be operated on third-party hardware such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs) or forklifts.
Magazino GmbH develops and builds intelligent, mobile robots that perceive their environment and make their own decisions. These autonomous robots work alongside people and make processes in e‑commerce, fashion and production logistics more flexible and efficient than ever before. With over 110 employees in Munich, Magazino is the largest Advanced Robotics team in Europe. Magazino’s investors include Körber AG, Zalando and Fiege Logistik.
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