Honeywell collaborates on supply chain robotics for distribution centers

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Honeywell has entered a strategic collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University to advance robotics technology for distribution centers.

The initiative brings together Honeywell Intelligrated – a division of Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions – and Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The two organizations are advancing the capability of artificial intelligence and robotics technologies to solve challenges facing distribution centers.

Today’s distribution center systems are becoming more integrated and complex as result of the rapid growth in e-commerce and the need to improve productivity and performance to fulfil orders.

Pieter Krynauw, president of Honeywell Intelligrated, commented, “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.

“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 collaboration is focused on developing a next-generation architecture to control and operate multiple robotic applications.

The platform uses machine learning to enhance the critical decision-making capability that allows robotics to function in dynamic, unstructured environments.


Herman Herman, director of the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University, said, “With this initiative, we’re combining leading-edge robotic research from Carnegie Mellon with Honeywell Intelligrated’s logistics and industrial robotics expertise.

“In a period of such extreme growth for robotics, it is vital to have the technical platform along with the domain expertise and real-world data to push technology forward to commercial maturity.”

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