Before ProMat 2013 Seegrid and Stereo Vision-Guided Technology Profiled in Automation and Control
Pittsburgh, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/12/2012 -- Materials handling solutions are increasingly being employed strategically by companies to reduce inventory levels, improve order-to-delivery cycles and help companies adjust to constantly changing consumer demand. Manufacturing, distribution, consumption and disposal are all areas in the product life cycle that rely on material handling equipment.
One of the pioneers in this technology is Dr. Hans Moravec, interviewed commented, “I have worked in the area of stereoscopic 3D vision for mapping the environment of mobile robots for over thirty years. The basic idea of using multiple sets of stereoscopic cameras to allow a robot to see three-dimensionally in all directions was occasionally discussed in my circles in the 1980s, but cameras and image digitizers were very expensive at that time, and computer memories and speeds too small to handle so many images effectively.”
Moravec was cited in the Automation & Control feature article authored by leading manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler.
Moravec, founder and chief scientific officer of Seegrid, developed primary navigation sensors, stereo cameras that use global shutter CMOS imagers. Stereo cameras offer a number of benefits including: no moving parts, large sensing envelopes, low power consumption, non-radiating operation (stealth), and fast data capture rates. Stereo cameras also have a drawback: poor data output. This effectively prevents many firms from using CMOS imagers in an automation function. Moravec asserts his company has gained a significant competitive advantage by overcoming this limitation, through its well-developed software stack and set of manufacturing processes. Stereo vision-guided technology now achieves very high performance at low cost. The software stack includes: image capture synchronization, imaging control, image rectification, feature selection, feature matching, feature projection, ranging and communications.
A wide variety of materials handling systems exist today including conventional, human-operated forklifts, carousels, automated storage and retrieval systems, rail and wire vehicle systems and intelligent conveyors. The materials handling industry’s systems and operations are highly standardized globally. Materials handling equipment is sold into virtually all discrete process and service industry sectors, with the vast majority being found throughout construction, manufacturing, logistics, and service. Vision system robots provide the lowest cost of ownership compared to competing fixed navigation solutions.
Founded in 2003, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Seegrid Corporation (http://www.seegrid.com) brings robotic vision-guided technology to the material handling industry. With more than thirty years of innovation and research by the leading robotic scientists, engineers, programmers and logistics practitioners worldwide, Seegrid’s exclusive Robotic Industrial Trucks are revolutionizing the movement of materials in manufacturing and distribution environments. Seegrid’s technology transforms industrial vehicles into unmanned, automated pallet trucks and tow tractors that operate without the need for wire, tape, laser or other costly automated guided vehicle (AGV) guidance systems. Seegrid offers solutions that optimize workflow processes by increasing productivity and reducing costs, creating economic and operational advantages. Seegrid will be exhibiting at booth 1531 during ProMat2013 January 21st -24th. Seegrid invites readers (www.seegrid.com/whitepaper) to download the free white paper, The Truth About Robotics.