Honeywell is shifting focus on warehouse automation and robotics, via the creation of its newly created center of excellence in Pittsburgh called Honeywell Robotics.
This hub will benefit from working with Honeywell Ventures and the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University. The two organizations have been working together on robotics for over a year.
As announced, the center will focus on transformational technologies in the supply chain, ranging from artificial intelligence and machine learning, to computer vision, Internet of Things sensor fusion software, robot-level and system-level simulation, as well as real-time robotic control.
Warehouse execution software applications and advanced mechatronics will also receive prime attention at this new venture.
Joseph Lui from Honeywell, who will head the new center, talked about how the company is well suited to fill this role:
“The whole robotics industry is waiting for a leader who can deliver not only discrete robotic solutions, but a complete portfolio of fully-operational end-to-end robotic solutions for rapid customization and deployment.”
This new center will initially lead the way for customers to work with the company on end-to-end robotic solutions for their operations. But while the initial focus will be on warehousing, that could potentially expand to areas like manufacturing and pharmaceuticals in the future.
With packages having to move faster than ever before through distribution and fulfillment centers, warehouse robotics companies have reaped the benefits, securing hundreds of millions in dollars in funding.
Honeywell is not the only company investing in this field to meet the rising demands of e-commerce.