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July 10, 2010

Kiva Systems – Robotic Warehouse

at 12:44 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Insane Equipment


Automated robotics is has always fascinated me. Kiva Systems makes a Robotic Warehouse system that is simply amazing. Just imagine not having employees needing to go out to shelves to retrieve product but rather have the product come you the employee. That is a cool concept but it does take a ton of technology and equipment. I have always wondered how long one of my Mouser order takes to get packaged especially when I am evaluating a bunch of potential parts for a new project. I am assuming that it takes quite a long time for 20 or 30 individual 30 cent parts to be picked but who know Mouser might have a kick ass system in place that makes it a breeze.

I am thinking the next step that Kiva needs to look into is have some generic bins that are filled with all the items and just have a person package the items in the final shipping box. I guess this might be more difficult that it sounds since there would need to be either a very sophisticated picking system that could identify how to lift every item out of the box or a manual effort up front to load the items in individually dispensable slots.

Thanks for the tip Rod


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4 Responses to “Kiva Systems – Robotic Warehouse”

  1. chewy Says:

    8020 yes the modular steel guys have something similar to this but on a much larger scale. The racks i’ve seen them use it on are monstrous industrial warehouse style and move a bit less, but still a similar concept. They went at it from a maximizing space issue compared to an automation issue.

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  3. ba12348 Says:

    You know, it looks great, but there is a problem with all technology like this, once something goes screwy, the computer crashes, a robot breaks down, just about anything, now what? your guys have no idea where anything is, if they can even get to it

    and all that spinning got me dizzy %(

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