Automation of product packaging for industrial applications
In International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Taylor & Francis Online, volume 0, number 0, pages 1-9, Aug/2017.
This work presents a robotic-based solution devised to automate the product packaging in industrial
environments. Although the proposed approach is illustrated for the case of the shoe industry, it applies
to many other products requiring similar packaging processes. The main advantage obtained with the
automated task is that productivity could be significantly increased. The key algorithms for the
developed robot system are: object detection using a computer vision system; object grasping;
trajectory planning with collision avoidance; and operator interaction using a force/torque sensor. All
these algorithms have been experimentally tested in the laboratory to show the effectiveness and
applicability of the proposed approach.
Collaborative robot; object grasping; force control; collision avoidance