10 Materials Handling Robotics Takeaways From MODEX 2022

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Mobile manipulation picks its way forward

Mobile robots are all over the place, but there were relatively few piece-picking systems at MODEX, aside from palletizing robots that relied on suction rather than grippers.

Collaborative robot leader Universal Robots demoed its item-handling system with Mujin, which also demonstrated an industrial robot arm from FANUC for fast depalletizing.

RightHand Robotics was an exception, discussing recent deals with integrators Element Logic and Vanderlande.

IAM Robotics and Fetch Robotics (now Zebra) have shifted in focus from mobile manipulation to AMRs, at least for now. Dexterity showed how two robots can handle parcel picking.

One of the more promising systems drawing attention at MODEX was Boston Dynamics’ new Stretch robot for unloading trucks (above).

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1. Crowds come back to MODEX

2. Technologies improve -- incrementally

3. Spring fever hits, as companies pair off

4. Robots reach new heights

5. Alternatives to automated storage abound

6. But don't count out ASRS just yet

7. Mobile robot vendors grow their fleets

8. Mobile manipulation picks its way forward

9. AI offers to make automation more approachable

10. Interoperability efforts continue

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