Automate 2024: Comau introduces piece picking vision system

Hardware agnostic MI.RA OnePicker incorporates simulation and AI algorithms


Comau’s new MI.RA OnePicker machine vision package uses AI to pick miscellaneous objects from bins without prior information.
Comau introduced its MI.RA OnePicker hardware-agnostic piece picking machine vision system, which incorporates simulation and AI algorithms, at Automate 2024.

Industrial automation systems provider Comau recently introduced its new OnePicker machine vision system at Automate 2024. The trade show was held May 6-9 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois. Attendance was free.

A3 said this year’s show is the biggest yet, featuring more than 365,000 square feet of exhibit space, over 800 exhibitors, and an expected 30,000 registrants, with learning and networking opportunities. Attendees are able to see the latest in robotics, machine vision, artificial intelligence (AI), and motion control.

“MI.RA/OnePicker is a result of our continued efforts to make complex technology more accessible and effective for a diverse range of industries,” said Nicole Clement, chief business unit leader for advanced automation solutions. “Comau’s dedication to powering automation for companies of all sizes with intelligent robotic solutions now extends to complex piece picking operations in industries such as warehousing and manufacturing, among others.”

Latest MI.RA machine vision system is hardware agnostic

OnePicker is the newest system in Comau’s Machine Inspection Recognition Archetypes (MI.RA) family of hardware-agnostic, intelligent vision systems. MI.RA/OnePicker made its worldwide debut at Automate 2024. 

Comau said its new perception-based piece picking system can eliminate unsustainable sorting activities within diversified industries, which in turn increases both worker well-being and overall efficiency. The hardware-agnostic AI solution pairs vision technology and sensors to pick randomly displaced objects after calculating the picking pose within seconds. 

The compact and lightweight robot vision guidance system determines the most effective way to empty a bin. MI.RA/OnePicker can be installed on even the smallest collaborative robots without limiting reachability inside the bins.

MI.RA/OnePicker is designed to autonomously pick miscellaneous objects from bins without relying on CAD-based assistance or prior information about their size, shape, color or characteristics. 

Simulation and AI algorithms offered on fenceless cobot

AI-enabled and adaptable to any brand of commercial robot, customized bin, or customized gripper, the smart functionality of Comau’s newest MI.RA solution is ideal for pick and place, kitting, sorting, warehouse, ecommerce, and similar applications, the company said. Thanks to virtual simulation tools and predictive algorithms that enable optimal path management and collision-free trajectories, Comau said its new MI.RA/OnePicker can ensure precision and reliable performance while reducing the need for costly manual and repetitive operations.

Leveraging proprietary automation and machine learning paradigms, MI.RA/OnePicker has a configuration page from which customers can set up the bin environment and parameter specifics. From the user-defined 3D models of the bin, environment, and robot, the integrated algorithms can calculate the ideal balance between computational speed and accuracy. 

The neural network autonomously recognizes the surfaces from which an object can be picked, using a suction cup to facilitate identification of the most suitable grasping points. As a result, MI.RA/OnePicker can achieve path planning and collision-free movements safely while ensuring optimal piece picking performance by the robot, Comau said. The vision-based piece picking system can autonomously grasp randomly-placed heterogeneous objects

As an all-in-one-system, MI.RA/OnePicker comes with Comau’s Racer5 cobot, a six-axis articulated robot that the company said can deliver speed, accuracy, repeatability, and certified fenceless collaboration safety without cages. The compact cobot can automatically switch from industrial mode to collaborative mode, working at full speeds when human operators are not in the vicinity and at collaborative speeds when they are.

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Comau’s new MI.RA OnePicker machine vision package uses AI to pick miscellaneous objects from bins without prior information.

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