The SecondHands project has presented the first prototype of its collaborative robot. The cobot which will act as the main platform for testing and developing new technologies related to the maintenance and repair of automation equipment in Ocado’s highly automated warehouses.
U.K.-based Ocado Technology said it is the world’s largest online-only supermarket. It delivers more than 260,000 customer orders per week using a network of automated facilities called Customer Fulfillment Centers (CFCs).
SecondHands is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project aiming to design a cobot that can proactively offer support to maintenance technicians working in Ocado’s CFCs.
This robot is intended to be a second pair of hands that will assist technicians when they are in need of help. It will learn through observation and will augment the humans’ capabilities by completing tasks that require precision or strength beyond human capabilities.