Autonomous Bin Picking for Cobots: Is it Finally Here?

November 12, 2020

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Bin picking comes in many shapes and sizes, from high-payload automotive and heavy equipment manufacturing applications, to pick and drop e-commerce order fulfillment and part-sorting applications. But one area with unique requirements is bin picking applications for machine tending where precision pick-path-and-place and rapid deployment is required. Machining operations range from simple drilling, tapping or trimming up to loading multi-axis CNC machines. These applications are usually in high mix/low volume environments, where the flexibility, operator-friendly safety protocols and ease of programming of leading collaborative robots are required.


Primary Topics:

  • Challenges of automated bin picking
  • Applications of automated bin picking
  • New technologies that enable precision part pick-and-present



Silas Neale

Channel Development Manager, Universal Robots

After nearly a decade in business operations, Silas entered the automation space and gained six years of experience as a sales engineer with Cognex and Keyence. Last year he joined Universal Robots with a strong background in robotics and machine vision. His experience in 2D and 3D vision has carried over into the robotic bin-picking arena and regularly consults with clients and prospects on this challenging area of automation. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University and is based in the Greater Boston area.