Comau Taps AI for New Smart Bin Picking Solution

Comau unveils the newest solution in its Machine Inspection Recognition Archetypes (MI.RA) family of hardware-agnostic, intelligent vision systems, MI.RA/OnePicker. Making its worldwide debut at Automate 2024, the new perception-based piece-picking solution is proposed as an easy and smart way to eliminate unsustainable sorting activities within diversified industries.  In turn, it increases both worker well-being and overall efficiency.


AI-Driven Smart Solution

Mainly, MI.RA/OnePicker is enhanced with artificial intelligence (AI). This hardware-agnostic solution pairs state-of-the-art vision technology with advanced sensors to pick randomly displaced objects after calculating the picking pose in mere seconds. Additionally, the compact and lightweight robot vision guidance system proactively determines the most effective way to empty a bin while saving costs and lowering potential risks.

Additionally, MI.RA/OnePicker autonomously picks miscellaneous objects from the same bin without relying on CAD-based assistance or prior information about their size, shape, color or characteristics. This AI-enabled tool is adaptable to any brand of commercial robot, customized bin or customized gripper. Also, the smart functionality of Comau’s newest MI.RA solution is ideal for pick&place, kitting, sorting, warehouse, e-commerce and similar applications.

Thanks to streamlined virtual simulation tools and predictive algorithms that guarantee optimal path management and collision-free trajectories, Comau’s new MI.RA/OnePicker ensures unparalleled precision and reliable performance. At the same time, it reduces the need for costly manual and repetitive operations.

“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. This is a market, based on our internal estimates and supporting research, that is expected to achieve a compound annual growth rate of 76% (2019-2025).” 

All-in-one Autonomous Solution

Comau’s systems-based approach to flexible automation allows the company to offer powerful turn-key solutions that are increasingly easy to use. Leveraging proprietary automation and machine learning paradigms, MI.RA/OnePicker has a highly intuitive configuration page from which customers can easily set up the bin environment and parameter specifics.

Also, the integrated algorithms can calculate the ideal balance between computational speed and accuracy. This is based on the user-defined 3D models of the bin, the environment and the robot. Furthermore, the neural network autonomously recognizes the surfaces from which an object can be picked. It uses a suction cup to facilitate identification of the most suitable grasping points.

As a result, MI.RA/OnePicker can guarantee efficient path planning and collision-free movements in complete safety while ensuring optimal piece picking performance by the robot.

As an all-in-one-system, MI.RA/OnePicker comes with Comau’s Racer-5 COBOT. This is a 6-axis articulated robot that delivers speed, accuracy, repeatability and certified collaboration safety without cages. Moreover, the compact COBOT can automatically switch from industrial mode to collaborative mode. Thus, it works at full speeds when human operators are not in the vicinity and at collaborative speeds when they are. This makes productivity remain high and cycle times reduced.

-10 May 2024-