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Material handling robot system for flow-through storage applications
Author(s): James F. Dill; Brian Candiloro; James Downer; Richard Wiesman; Larry Fallin; Ron Smith
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the design, development and planned implementation of a system of mobile robots for use in flow through storage applications. The robots are being designed with on-board embedded controls so that they can perform their tasks as semi-autonomous workers distributed within a centrally controlled network. On the storage input side, boxes will be identified by bar-codes and placed into preassigned flow through bins. On the shipping side, orders will be forwarded to the robots from a central order processing station and boxes will be picked from designated storage bins following proper sequencing to permit direct loading into trucks for shipping. Because of the need to maintain high system availability, a distributed control strategy has been selected. When completed, the system will permit robots to be dynamically reassigned responsibilities if an individual unit fails. On-board health diagnostics and condition monitoring will be used to maintain high reliability of the units.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 January 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3525, Mobile Robots XIII and Intelligent Transportation Systems, (8 January 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.335724
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James F. Dill, Foster-Miller Inc. (United States)
Brian Candiloro, Foster-Miller Inc. (United States)
James Downer, Foster-Miller Inc. (United States)
Richard Wiesman, Foster-Miller Inc. (United States)
Larry Fallin, IBP Inc. (United States)
Ron Smith, IBP Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3525:
Mobile Robots XIII and Intelligent Transportation Systems
Howie M. Choset; Pushkin Kachroo; Mikhail A. Kourjanski; Douglas W. Gage; Pushkin Kachroo; Marten J. de Vries; Mikhail A. Kourjanski; Marten J. de Vries, Editor(s)

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