Honeywell and Carnegie Mellon University are collaborating to advance artificial intelligence and robotic technologies to help distribution centers meet rising demands brought on by the e-commerce boom.
With the partnership, the organizations are aiming to advance the capability of AI and robotics technologies to benefit distribution centers. With the rise in online shopping, centers are becoming more integrated and complex, and technology solutions are proving to boost productivity and order fulfillment.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult to staff supply chain operations fast enough to satisfy the growth in e-commerce. Developing advanced machine learning capabilities and applying it to critical distribution center applications is a key enabler for our customers,” says Pieter Krynauw, president of Honeywell Intelligrated. “Our industry expertise coupled with the research capability of Carnegie Mellon accelerates our ability to bring advanced technology to market at scale and deliver much-needed capacity and productivity gains for distribution centers through digital transformation.”
The e-commerce boom has created immense pressure on distribution centers to fill orders quickly and accurately, and that pressure is only expected to increase as research by eMarketer predicts that online sales will rise 16 percent this year.
The collaboration will focus on developing architecture to control and operate multiple robotic applications. The platform will use machine learning to enable critical decision-making capabilities, intelligent motion, collision avoidance and reliable sensing to deploy advance robotics in unpredictable environments.