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Decathlon’s recent growth has been rapid. To continue to grow and compete globally in the highly demanding retail and eCommerce sector, Decathlon needs to ensure its warehouses are underpinned by an automation solution that delivers in terms of cost, reliability, efficiency, flexibility and – crucially – scalability. Decathlon began its cooperation with Geek+ in China – where a highly competitive labor market makes hiring and retaining team members one of the biggest challenges for many local businesses. It was the challenge of finding enough teammates that initially made Decathlon decide to initiate a search for a radical new automation solution.
Technology has played a part in the evolution of the retail landscape. The rise of ecommerce has commoditised once-speciality products, whilst other categories have been driven into a war waged on price and convenience. It has driven many new productivity changes too. Increasingly, budgets are being squeezed by the tough P&Ls whilst your customers – both stores and shoppers – demand high standards and more stringent SLAs. So, now the hidden heroes that are responsible for keeping the supply chain turning must find their way through the challenges and continually optimise the operation.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution – or Industry 4.0 – is well under way, and it’s bringing about fundamental changes in many sectors. The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” refers to the concept that there have been four identifiable industrial revolutions in history. Read this white paper to learn more about the material handling in the factory of the future.
The coronavirus outbreak has brought the entire world economy to a virtual standstill for a while. Most countries’ governments have ordered a lockdown and arranged for a halt to business activities in all sectors of the economy except those which were considered “essential”, such as food and medicine. This is a situation that had never happened before on a global scale, and it is still ongoing as this report is being produced. Grocery and pharmaceutical stores have been the only shops open on a typical high street anywhere in the world. Read this white paper to learn more about the new era of supply chain after Covid-19
It's 2021, and robotics have been used by innovators more than ever, especially when it comes to solving employment and safety problems brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. However, as more businesses look to implement more complex or novel robots into their current work practices and manufacturing processes, they're finding that the robotics safety landscape is complex and difficult to navigate. Our e-book aims to create a comprehensive foundation of the specific standards governing the manufacture, integration, and use of robotics, outlined by country and/or region.
Pleora helps to lower costs, automate manual processes, and improve efficiencies for global brands in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical, life sciences, packaging, and transportation markets, and provides a unique hybrid approach with a “no code” software and hardware platform for AI development and deployment.
This document explains how to interface the Vision Research S990 to the BitFlow Cyton-CXP frame grabber. The S990 is very high speed camera running 4K x 2k at 1000 FPS. This data rate exceeds the speed of a single frame grabber so the camera has 16 outputs and requires four Cyton-CXP4 frame grabbers. The camera will, however run with two or even one frame grabber, with a proportional reduction in the maximum frame rate.
While collaborative robots (cobots) are emerging as key participants in the workplace it is imperative to remember that having humans and robots working in close proximity is not without its challenges, safety being paramount among them. This paper will focus on cobots and the safety requirements for their applications, with a focus on key standards and regulations such as ISO/TS 15066 and ANSI/RIA R15.06.
While many of the changes to the UL 1740:2018 standard were modest, there were a few important modifications that can potentially impact current and future certifications of robotic equipment. The purpose of this paper is to outline those changes, the potential impact and your responsibilities based on the update to the 4th Edition of UL 1740.
Because of their long presence in the workplace, industrial robots have well-defined safety standards and testing protocol. However, advances in technology mean that they now have other features beyond the basic definitions, so it is important that these robots comply with any additional end-product standards for electrical, mechanical and functional safety. Download our whitepaper to learn more about the compliance requirements for industrial robots.
A robotic cell is a system dedicated to performing a specified task. It includes the robot, controller, and whatever other parts are required to safely perform its function, such as guards, conveyors, and sensors. Newer versions of industrial robotic cells include sensors, cameras, and light curtains to separate people and robots rather than a large fence, saving space and allowing for more flexibility in integration. Download our whitepaper for a look at the regulations that help ensure these industrial robotic cells operate as intended.
The ISO 3691-series covers the basic safety requirements for driverless industrial trucks AGVs (Automatic Guided Vehicles) and other such systems. Before, there was no harmonized, listed standard available for AGVs, although EN 1525:1997 was used by many truck manufacturers. Download our whitepaper in order to explore the key differences between the ISO 3691-4 standard and the EN 1525 standard.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has only accelerated the integration of automated solutions as companies re-examined their current manufacturing and warehousing practices to increase the safety of their employees, even as the demand for certain products and services has increased. This whitepaper will outline the current standards landscape for industrial mobile robot platforms.
While industrial robot standards consider the end user to be a trained person, personal care robots can be used around anyone – trained or untrained. The environment that these robots can be used in is also much less predictable and the tasks of a personal care robot are not as well defined and repetitive like in the industrial world. Thus this requires some very special safety considerations as everyone can now be at risk. In this whitepaper, we’ll explore what manufacturers and businesses need to be aware if they plan to enter this new, rapidly growing market.
THIS WHITE PAPER discusses how manufacturers in many industries are leveraging collaborative robots (cobots) to create safe zones for workers returning to production lines.
In addition to their real-time operating system, many machines also need
a general purpose operating system to perform tasks such as aggregating
data and sending it to the cloud, or to run business intelligence analytics or
computationally intensive HMI applications. Traditionally, this has required the
use of two separate pieces of hardware. With a bare-metal hypervisor, it is
now possible to implement both systems on a single industrial PC without any
compromise in performance.
The Industrial IoT (IIoT) has the potential to bring increased optimization,
automation, and insight to industrial facilities. But frequently, proprietary,
incompatible equipment and systems—combined with the need to meet complex, time-based, deterministic requirements—make realizing this potential challenging. Real-Time Systems (RTS) software running on robust, high-performance Intel® architecture enables the creation of intelligent embedded applications for IIoT, enabling benefits from holistic visibility into operations to centralized equipment management and maintenance.
Industrial robotics integrated with AI is predicted to grow the market by more than 15%, reaching $66.48 billion by 2027, according to Fortune Business Insights. Expanding the use cases for industrial robotics requires negotiating long-standing technical roadblocks, and AI is critical to new approaches.