Honeywell is collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University to advance artificial intelligence and robotic technologies for connected e-commerce distribution centres, Honeywell announced on 28 August.

The initiative brings together Honeywell Intelligrated and Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center. The collaboration will focus on developing a next-generation 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 making it practical to deploy advanced robotics in dynamic, unpredictable environments.

The development will benefit distribution centres, which are becoming more integrated and complex and looking to robotics solutions to improve productivity and performance in fulfilling orders.

Honeywell’s approach enables continuous learning and performance improvements to adapt to changing conditions in the enterprise. This allows for the automation of more complex warehousing tasks, such as unloading shipping containers and picking packets or individual e-commerce orders.

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