Demographic change is steadily increasing the current shortage of skilled workers, and thus the need for automated logistics solutions will continue to rise, especially for low-ergonomic jobs. In addition, it is important to cope with fluctuations in order peaks or marginal times of day-to-day business. To meet these challenges, the aim of the pilot demonstrator is to implement a fully automated picking solution.
A new area will be equipped with conventional manual warehouse technology for the project. The delivery of the customer containers in this area takes place via the existing conveyor technology. Once there, the containers are picked up and processed by the robot.
It picks from a specially designed for the pharmaceutical pilot demonstrator shaft shelf without moving parts. From the shelf, the packs are removed below and slip for the next removal by gravity from above. The replenishment and separation takes place manually via underlying containers made of shelf shelves.
The robot receives the relevant data for picking, such as picking compartment, material and quantity, via the OPC UA protocol from the higher-level host system. On the basis of the data, he navigates to the subject coordinates of the respective materials, extracts them precisely and layers them into the customer container in a volume-optimized manner. Once all order items have been processed, the robot returns the customer container to the conveyor system and repeats the process with the next customer container.
Due to the high variety of articles and the different dimensions of the packs, special challenges arise for secure gripping and coordinated depositing in the customer container. Here, the increasing degree of filling must be taken into account.
All software components developed as part of the pilot demonstrator will be available later on the SeRoNet platform.