The robotic company boston dynamics, which is now to hundai motor groups, has on monday a logistics robot with the significant name "stretch" released. Especially when stacking crates and packages in shipping and logistics centers, it should do its service and simply adapt to the locational workflow. This should also be interesting for smaller companies.
In contrast to his colleagues "atlas" or the robot dog "spot" stretch does not come like a living being therefore and looks more unspectacular at first glance. Rough dance inserts are not to be expected from him. He moves electromotive powered on rollers. For his original task, he does not require two arms anyway – at least not in the most common sense humanider robot. That does not want to be stretch anyway: his job is to stack packages in confined spaces with a weight of up to 23 kilograms.
For this he has a single, movable in seven degrees of freedom to which a plate with vacuum suction cups is attached. About you can safely suck and hold stretch boxes and packages, if they have flat flat flats. In addition, stretch has a mast on which cameras and sensors are attached to recognize its surroundings and objects therein. All this is housed on a moving platform.
The stock robot stretch at work.
Automation of non-automated environments
During similar robots in logistics centers in a workflow are rather firmly assembled in a particular place and there is stoic your service, stretch should be integrated by its mobilitat at different points in the workflow, for example for loading and unloading of transport trucks or to box stacks in stock. So stretch flexibly use where it is needed just. Environments where no automation structures are available can be automated, says michael perry, viceprasident business development at boston dynamics.
Accordingly, stretch for work environments, where automation is too expensive or too time-consuming goods. In about 80 percent of all warehouses worldwide there is no automation, says perry – a pretty gross market that stretch could serve the stretch. But still it is unclear how much the robot will cost overhead. This depends on which quantities he can be produced, it is called. Companies must decide whether the use of stretch is worthwhile in their work environment.
Fast and flexible
Against his coarse warehouse "handle", the boston dynamics has also developed for logistics, stretch has another advantage: its flexible arm will work in a small room faster. Similar to patent-pending counterweights in the basis of the vibrations occurring in movements of the arm with heavy loads, without the robot vertical.
According to boston dynamics, stretch can move up to 800 boxes per hour and thus move at the level of a human worker. A layer of eight hours should be able to work through stretch before its batteries have to be recharged.