Elm Electrical & OSARO Demonstrate Piece-Picking Cobot at PACK EXPO

Cobot to human: “Care for a mint?” For the first time, OSARO’s machine learning vision software will power a FANUC cobot in a system integrated by Elm Electrical

OSARO®, a global leader in AI-driven robotics for e-commerce, will team with automation integrator Elm Electrical to demonstrate how cobots can piece-pick close at hand to humans during PACK EXPO International (Booth #N6324), October 23-26 in Chicago.

The CRX-10iA/L FANUC cobot will be handing out mints and business cards to visitors in a bin-picking exercise as part of the demo at the trade show hosted by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI).

Cobots, or collaborative robots, are typically smaller than industrial robots and can operate alongside humans without safety fencing, which keeps installation costs down and reduces their footprint on the factory or warehouse floor. Typically, they perform simple pick-and-place tasks and assist with precision operations such as welding.

OSARO’s advanced vision software enables robots to see, perceive, grasp, and perform tasks previously done only by humans in e-commerce fulfillment. It allows larger robots—as well as cobots—to manage changes in packaging materials on the fly and reliably handle a vast range of item shapes and SKUs for picking, kitting, and packaging. OSARO vision software is available to integrators and resellers who are working with clients on specific deployments.

“Collaborations such as this, with Elm Electrical and trusted robot maker FANUC America, show how robotics can enhance the human working experience,” said OSARO CEO Derik Pridmore. “Working together, we can streamline the execution of complex automation for customers with high-demand needs in an era of persistent labor shortages.”

“We believe OSARO’s superior vision software and FANUC’s reliable collaborative robots, coupled with our integration and installation expertise, provide our customers another option and more flexibility when planning their factory automation,” said Michael Holmberg, senior vice president for Elm Electrical. “Demonstrations like this can help our clients envision the potential for new forms of automation more clearly.”

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