Ocado Technology, a UK division of Ocado, revealed a new robotic system capable of picking a wide range of grocery products. The new system uses a proprietary computer vision system designed by the Ocado Technology robotics research team to calculate grasping points for a given item without requiring a 3D model of the object to be picked.
The robotic system also uses a vacuum cup as the gripping device attached to the end of an articulated arm, which is equipped with a pipe running to an air compressor, capable of lifting items regardless of their deformability and shape.
The system is designed to be easily integrated with pick stations that use an assembly line system where crates of products are delivered to a picking point. Once the storage crates arrive at the pick station, the robot system transfers however many items are needed from the storage crates into the delivery crates destined for the customer.