AUTOMOTIVE.

De-palletizing: Parts are de-palletized and arranged for placement in furnace.

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Our software interface turns any robot into a flexible tool, helping move items from container-to-container when the tasks are highly variable, often involving non-precisely placed groups of parts, sub-assemblies, or SKUs.

In automotive and aircraft production, volumes of metal parts are often unloaded from palletes and organized in a mesh basket for processing in a furnace. The batches are typically small, under 2,000 pieces, and the part size could change between runs. In some cases, parts get shaken up and boxes dented during transit.

We make it simple to set up a new task, even when part sizes change or have inconsistent orientations. These would have been too variable for current robot systems that rely on consistent part location and orientation or constantly available programming talent for each change.

With Southie, within minutes — using gestures and a few clicks of a button — the operator sets up a new task and our AI figures out where the objects are and how to move them.

If some parts require human dexterity because they are difficult to see or grasp, then true collaboration happens and the worker packs the remaining parts by hand.

 

HEALTHCARE.

Growth in medical test kit orders:  Kitting medical test kits using humans and cobots

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DNA testing has led the charge for Direct-To-Consumer test kits. Mail orders for everything have reached new levels as have increased demand for home health test kits.

Everything from DNA tests to physician ordered colon cancer screening kits are produced in small batches due to such parameters as shelf life and UPC tracking for FDA regulations. These tests often are comprised of several small items, kitted into specially designed packages.

The process requires precise item count, tracking stickers, and can require a combination of
human precision and tedious item picking.  Several times a week, orders for different products are likely scheduled.

Categorizing the process steps into those that require high dexterity — best left for human workers — led to identifying repetitive pick & sort tasks that are perfect for a cobot that is pre-loaded with the flexible, no-code, Wand software from Southie.

The cobot picks supplies from separate bins on a shelving station and places the correct number into small bins. The bins roll by a production worker who easily unloads the items into the cavity in the product box, adds the registration cards and bar codes, flips closed the top and slides the box in its sleeve.

 

LOGISTICS.

We want our personal care products … personalized

Mail orders have reached the traditional consumer packaged goods market and include monthly subscriptions for our favorite clothing, products and toys as well as seasonal specials from CPGs.

While millions of us order things, we want them to be somewhat personalized or unique. This means that the volumes are on the lower side and product mix changes.

In the past, detailed programming would have been required to automate this every time the items or mix changed. This meant that workers lined up and picked the items in their pile, passing the container to another worker who does the same for the next pile.

Categorizing the process steps led to identifying repetitive pick tasks ideal for a cobot with Southie Autonomy’s flexible, no-code Wand software and interface working alongside people.

The cobot picks the required quantity of each item, placing them in slots in the box. The box is moved down a roller conveyor to be closed by the human companion!