Automotive: Flexible work cells

Parts are de-palletized and arranged for placement in furnace


Application: De-palletizing

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.