Prime Vision and Delft Robotics have agreed a new technology partnership that will see the pair work together to advance automation in postal logistics applications. The postal recognition technology of Prime Vision will complement perfectly the expertise of Delft Robotics to quick and robustly apply robots based on 3D machine vision using deep learning

thought to postal logistics, pick and place robots are becoming a reality. These robots will be able to recognise each parcel type, grasp it accordingly and place it where required. Already demonstrating its expertise in


y combining the high flexibility of robotic arms with the versatile

sensing capabilities of 3D vision technology, it will be possible to provide solutions to automation problems that have, until now, been impossible or too expensive to develop. Intelligent robotic systems use a combination of technologies that allow the system to ‘look’ at its work environment. In this way, robotic systems are able to cope with product differences, which is particularly important in the postal sector, where the processing of parcel variety remains a major barrier to wide scale robot adoption. The partnership between Prime Vision

and Delft Robotics will also lend itself to integration with the Internet of Things (IoT). Both companies believe that the mid-term future of postal logistics will see printed electronics propel the sector into a world where every parcel is ‘smart’, which in turn will demand the evolution of recognition methodology. Working in partnership, Prime Vision and Delft Robotics will be able to realise dynamic and cost-effective solutions for this exciting environment quicker than would be possible if acting in isolation. Among the core focus areas of Prime

Vision’s Innovation Department is robotics. Here, trends in greater computing power and vision potential are making robots far more mobile than they were in the past. Applying this school of


this area, Delft Robotics won the prestigious 2016 Amazon Picking Challenge twice. By applying deep learning on 3D images the robot was able to effectively recognise and grasp a great variety of products. Items ranged widely in shape, from soft clothing and boxed DVDs, to water bottles and toothbrushes, indicating the system’s recognition potential. In the postal sector, the ability of a robot to learn, recognise and grasp a large diversity of parcel shapes clearly has tremendous process value.

Ultimately, the new partnership

between Prime Vision and Delft Robotics will allow company experts to join forces and empower each other. Delft Robotics AI robot vision technology and Prime Vision’s knowledge of the global CEP (courier, express and postal) market presents a tremendous opportunity for the whole industry. Solutions will be faster-to-market, smarter and more cost-effective. The pair are now planning to begin joint R&D with one or more postal companies that are looking to take advantage of the significant competitive gains on offer.

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ognex Corporation, one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial barcode readers and machine vision, has announced the addition of the DataMan 70 series to its successful line of compact fixed-mount barcode readers. DataMan 70 delivers the high read rates required for 1-D and 2-D label-based barcodes in a form factor small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Cognex’s DataMan 70 series offers manufacturing and

logistics companies higher performance than single-line and raster laser scanners, at an equivalent cost. Its flexible configuration options and small size also make it suitable for mounting in tight spaces on production lines and in machinery. “We’ve seen tremendous demand for our compact fixed-

mount barcode readers from laser scanner users tired of low performance and short product lifespans,” says Carl Gerst, Cognex senior vice president, ID Products. “The new DataMan 70 offers more advanced image formation to read even damaged or distorted label-based codes, and it’s designed with no moving parts, meaning it won’t require maintenance.” DataMan 70 is optimised with industry-leading barcode reading algorithms and individually controlled

LEDs to ensure continuously high read rates. Measuring just 22.2mm x 35.8mm x 42.4mm, it is ultra- compact, yet powerful enough to perform the most challenging label-based barcode reading applications.

DataMan 70 series is available now. More information is available online via the Cognex website at:


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