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Fulfilling the Vision of AI-Driven Automation

3D Vision Guidance, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Neocortex, Neocortex G2R Cell, Random Bin Picking, Robotic Order Fulfillment, Robotics / 30.11.20172 comments

Sarah Mellish of Yaskawa Motoman Robotics explains the role of artificial intelligence for robotic order fulfillment:

“Technical innovations in artificial intelligence and robotics have unlocked massive potential for retailers to automate the handling of diverse Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) in the order fulfillment process with human-like flexibility at high speed….”

View Yaskawa Motoman blog here.

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Neocortex AI links cyber and physical systems for Industry 4.0

Artificial Intelligence, eCommerce, Machine Learning, Neocortex, Neocortex G2R Cell, Robotic Order Fulfillment, Robotics / 26.10.2017

Neocortex artificial intelligence links cyber/digital systems and physical systems of the Industry 4.0 revolution – where software algorithms control machines that are integrated with each other and users.

Neocortex uses a closed loop system, known as cybernetics, to control robots.  This embedded system uses sensor data coupled with physical movement, further integrating the Internet of Things.

In the supply chain, the above smart system provides a highly flexible robot cell that operates at maximum speed – matching the utility of semi-skilled labor.  The Neocortex-based robotic cell (Neocortex G2R Cell) continues to get smarter with time – adjusting to parts, processes, containers, and orders. Thus, its value increases over time and with use (just like an employee), leading to a SaaS (software as a service) delivery model.

Neocortex SaaS also spans cloud-computing servers.

This broadens the scope and significance of patterns discovered and monitored across the cyber-physical barrier, leading to valuable breakthroughs in advanced analytics of big data: supply chain effectiveness, group learning of robots, introduction of SKUs, quality or vendor problems, damage trends, and customer order satisfaction. This both lowers costs and increases sales.

Watch a great overview of Industry 4.0 implications here.

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BCG: Growth of Robotics Through 2025

3D Vision Guidance, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robot Vision Guidance, Robotic Order Fulfillment, Robotics, Robotics Business / 09.09.2014

In a recent article, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) points out that spending on robots worldwide is expected to grow from $15 billion in 2010 to $67 billion in 2025. The $52 billion increase in 15 years is a compounded annual growth rate of 10%. They attribute this growth to a convergence of falling hardware prices, performance improvements, and easier application software combined with increased flexibility and finesse. This results in robots being useful in a much broader set of applications than you might traditionally think of – such as automotive assembly and welding.

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Supply Chain Analytics

Artificial Intelligence, Cybernetics, eCommerce, Machine Learning, Neocortex, Robotic Order Fulfillment, Robotics, Robotics Business / 29.08.2014

Clint Reiser points out in the linked article that a new revolution in supply chain analytics is occurring. There is new level of data detail, it’s coming at us faster, providing bigger patterns and better insights.

The detail isn’t just point-of-sale information, customer buying patterns, or fleet telematics. From Universal’s perspective, the combining of machine learning and machine vision into robust automated solutions for material handling processes previously thought as random is a unique source of this data.

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Online Orders Push Need for Accurate, Automated Order Fulfillment

3D Vision Guidance, Artificial Intelligence, eCommerce, Machine Learning, Neocortex, Random Bin Picking, Robot Vision Guidance, Robotic Order Fulfillment, Robotics, Robotics Business / 14.08.2014

Note from Bob Ferrari’s Post on Aug 7, 2014 entitled Permanent Shifts in Consumer Shopping Trends Have Supply Chain Implications. He comments on a quote in the article: Online Customer Fulfillment, Retail Supply Chain, Supply Chain Business Process that cites the following from Shopper-Trak: “Online sales have grown more than 15% every quarter for the past two years and are having a big impact on the way many companies are looking at their brick-and-mortar stores…. Rather than networks of distribution centers and fleets supporting individual physical stores, the new emphasis will be on high-volume online fulfillment supported by combinations of fulfillment centers and multi-purpose retail outlets.”

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