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Intelligent packaging and material handling
Author(s): Ernest L. Hall; Richard Shell; Gale D. Slutzky
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Paper Abstract

The problem of palletizing (stacking on a pallet) randomly arriving mixed size and content parcels is an important task in most distribution warehouses. Today this task requires human interaction for a solution however recently several attempts have been made to automate the solution. The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of the problem an expert system approach and an estimate of the key subproblems which have been identified which are necessary for a solution. The concepts of space filling and emptying as encountered in warehousing are briefly described. Also brief descriptions of two generations of a robotic system for mixed parcel palletizing are presented. The results with these test systems indicate that automatic parcel handling at speeds comparable to humans is feasible however further work is required to obtain a robust solution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1381, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision IX: Algorithms and Techniques, (1 February 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.25146
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Ernest L. Hall, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Richard Shell, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Gale D. Slutzky, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1381:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision IX: Algorithms and Techniques
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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