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PUMA to create 'intelligent' warehouse

Sporting goods producer PUMA has announced a pilot project through which it aims to develop what it describes as ‘the world’s first intelligent and decision-making warehouse’. In line with this, the company has worked with mobile robotics firm Magazino, software provider Gigaton and logistics specialist ITG to assess a new warehouse robot called ‘TORU’ at its logistic centre in Bavaria, Germany.

TORU is said to have the ability to pick up individual items rather than being limited to standardised boxes or trays. The robot’s picker arms can grasp cube-shaped objects, which can be placed on its shelf or taken to the shipping area. If TORU gets too close to a human, it slows down and will then stop all movements. It can be used around the clock and, by illuminating its own work environment, does not need warehouse lights to be switched on.

The photograph above shows the TORU  robot, seen here working in a book warehouse. It is said to be able to pick up individual items.

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This article was originally published on page 4 of the September 2017 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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